Courtesy Photo The 7th Annual Thunder Bay Folk Festival is taking place this weekend at the Alpena Tractor and Steam Engine Club Fairgrounds on French Road. Above, a photo from a previous festival.
ALPENA – You don’t need to play an instrument or sing along to enjoy the music this weekend.
The 7th Annual Thunder Bay Folk Festival begins today (for camping registration) and runs through Sunday at the Alpena Antique Tractor Showgrounds at 6850 French Road, Alpena.
The festival will feature live music from at least 18 musicians, as well as workshops, children’s activities, live demonstrations, craft and food vendors, rustic camping, and more.
“Everyone is looking forward to it,” said Bonnie Bartz, president of the Thunder Bay Folk Society, which runs the festival.
She said the musicians were excited to perform and the craft vendors were also excited to be able to participate in the festival.
Performers include Peacemeal String Band, Mercier, Seth Bernard, Chris Crown & The Get Down Band, The Hackwells, Ferdinand The Bull, Citrus Orange, The Mark Lavengood Band, Sean Miller, Kimberly Megoran, Ian McConnell, Love St. Live, Kevin Ballmer, Tina Honeker, Joel Choate Sr., Lee Kitzman, Russ Franzen and Wild Rose, of which Bartz is the lead singer.
Most of the artists are from Michigan, but Ferdinand The Bull is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
“A lot of the people who come are musicians themselves,” Bartz noted. “There are a lot of games sitting around the campsite, there is also some scrambling, which is part of the fun.”
Open mic times will be offered, along with jam sessions and a drum kiva (drum circle) in the woods after dark, which is mesmerizing, Bartz said.
“Back in the woods we’ll have a bonfire, and usually starting around nightfall, Paul Conger will be back in the lead,” Bartz said. “Anyone, you can bring a drum, or Paul is going to bring a bunch of drums, you just drummer. It’s a bit hypnotic. This is very fun.”
Bartz expects around 400 people to attend the event, around 300 fewer than in 2019, but she is happy the festival can take place this year after being canceled during the pandemic in 2020.
“I think some people might be a little hesitant,” Bartz said, as the COVID-19 pandemic is still dragging on. “It’s kind of a mix of people who are very anxious to go out and other people who are still a little nervous.”
She noted that the event takes place mostly outdoors and that the main stage is located in a barn with wide doors to the outside and open air circulation.
The event is fun for all ages, she added.
“The Optimist Club will be there to organize activities for the children,” Bartz said. “And the Alpena Boys & Girls Club will be there.”
Twister Joe will be on hand to make balloons and hats for the kids, she said, courtesy of the Alpena Optimist Club.
She added that the health department will be there, offering vaccinations and COVID-19 tests for those who are interested.
Doors open at 8 a.m. on Fridays and performances start at 1 p.m. and go until midnight. Then they reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, which is the day with the most performances, until midnight.
An all weekend pass costs $ 50 at the door, or $ 15 for Friday and $ 35 for Saturday. Young people aged 15 and under enter for free. Discounted tickets are available today only at Joel’s Guitar Shop. You can enter for $ 15 after 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Volunteers are always needed and come in for free if they work four hours.
Rustic camping costs $ 20 per night on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, including a full program and artist biographies, visit thunderbayfolkfest.org.
Bartz is keeping his fingers crossed for the good weather.
“People say, ‘Why do you have it so late in the year? “But the weather is unpredictable all year round,” she noted. “And we have a big community bonfire, so if it’s cold, people have a place to go to warm up.”
FRIGID New York will present the 10th annual Gotham Storytelling Festival featuring some of New York’s best storytellers including Jamie Brickhouse (Dangerous When Wet; National Storytelling Network Grand Slam winner; 4-time Moth champion), Michele Carlo (There Goes the Neighborhood; Story Collider; PBS ‘Stories from the Stage; MOTH GrandSlam), David Lawson (“Rage Restaurant” sketch on Central comedy; host / curator of Theater des Reines‘s #QueensTheatreAtHome), Uno Osata (A 24 Decade History of Popular Music with Taylor Mac; With you!; exHOTic Other), Shailah Edmonds (Wild Child to Couture Style: The Shailah Edmonds Story), Jackson Sturkey (One Last Love Song with Jackson Sturkey) and Reilly Arena. The festival will take place from November 2 to 14 at the Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). The performances will also be available live from the house. Tickets ($ 20 in person; $ 15 online) will be available for advance purchase at www.frigid.nyc starting October 7.
Stories in heels: great stories of the glamorous women who changed my life
10 minute story sets from people whose work has been featured by The Moth, The Onion, The New Yorker, Public theater, and more. Hosted by David Lawson.
Written and performed by Reilly Arena
An adaptation of the one woman show by George orwell‘s classic, Animal Farm. With a pair of sticks, I transform into each animal in this show and tell.
A single star
Written and performed by Shailah Edmonds
This hilarious adventure features a small town, a naïve girl, who, despite everything, makes it to the couture catwalks of Paris, which is the highest kingdom of modeling. After having passed blindly from one country to another without direction, and breathtaking experiences, she is happily guided by the men in her life to survive and succeed.
Written and performed by Jackson Sturkey
A work in progress, because Jackson had never believed that the Devil lived in the house at the bottom of the hill. When at the end of the summer of 2018, he was asked if he remembered this teacher from his private Christian high school, he did not. This story reveals the machinations of the institution and how they spent years hiding the devil they know.
Still sick: stories of long Covid
Written and performed by Una Aya Osato and her friends
Join award-winning and critically acclaimed Una Aya Osato and her friends for their first performance of stories sailing through life with Long COVID. In March 2020, New York was the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This is when we first got sick. Thousands of New Yorkers like us who have contracted COVID-19 in the past year and a half have not improved. We are the Long-Runners. Come hear our stories about negotiating family, work and life in this new reality, and the community we have formed to get out of it.
As COVID-19 numbers remain relatively high and with cooler temperatures on the horizon that are about to push everyone inside, one of Portland’s biggest productions of new theatrical works has decided that it would remain virtual in 2022.
The Fertile Land Festival announced that online programming is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 27, and run through Sunday, February 6 of next year. Organizers admit it took some time to come to the conclusion that they shouldn’t be reverting to mainstream events, although most local theater companies are preparing to take their seats again this fall. But, in the end, safety was a top priority.
“Our decision to go virtual again for the FG22 comes after much deliberation, regarding the Delta variant and beyond,” said Nicole Lane, festival director, in a press release. “The performing arts face many unknowns in a landscape that continues to change. Additionally, the virtual format provides better access to artists who may not be able to find and rent physical space. “
But just because audience members can’t see the performances in person doesn’t mean you should expect the same format as in 2021.
The 13th annual festival returns to its unorganized roots, providing a showcase for all the artists in the region. Additionally, instead of presenting pre-selected shows online through Fertile Ground distribution channels, attendees will post material on their own platforms.
“Until last year, Fertile Ground was an unorganized festival, the only parameters being that the project is a new work and that the artists involved are based in the Portland area,” says Dr. Slaman, Managing Director of Fertile. Ground. “Not being a pastor is a unique feature of our festival, and we want to continue to provide a platform for all artists in the region to share their new work with new audiences. “
Producers will also set their own prices unlike last year, which was just a donation. Once participants determine how they will deliver their content, Fertile Ground says it plans to provide descriptions and links on its website.
Producer registration is currently ongoing until October 15. These artists will then be publicly announced on December 1.
NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Coresight Research will host its second annual 10.10 Shopping Festival on October 10, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, in partnership with live shopping platforms, CommentSold and Smartzer, and video co-shopping platform Live 1: 1, GhostRetail. This year, Coresight Research has partnered with Access Beauty Insiders to bring more beauty brands, especially independent brands, to 10.10 to generate discovery and excitement.
10.10 Shopping Festival has an important charitable aspect so that consumers and brands can work together to make a difference, as participating retailers and brands donate at least 5% of their sales to partner charities. Consumers increasingly choose where to spend based on the social / ethical / cultural values of retailers and brands. In a recent exclusive survey of U.S. buyers from Coresight Research, 60% of U.S. shoppers say a retailer’s or brand’s social impact is important when shopping for clothing and footwear, which makes the charitable donation of 10.10 a huge benefit for all event attendees. Charities included this year include the American Heart Association, Delivering Good, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, PinkAid, Retailers United, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Soles4Souls.
This year’s festival is focused on accelerating the adoption by American consumers of live streaming. Live streaming platforms offer higher consumer engagement and dramatically reduced return rates compared to e-commerce in general, providing retailers with significant opportunities for increased profitability. According to a survey by Coresight Research, 39.7% of consumers buy in livestreams for good deals, 38.2% to discover new products, 36.6% to learn more about new products and finally 30.7% because the purchase is exciting.
Deborah Weinswig, CEO and Founder of Coresight Research, said, “Direct shopping has gone from zero to $ 300 billion in China in a very short period of time. We are confident that the US market will achieve what we see in China, and the 10.10 Shopping Festival will allow retailers and brands to test, learn and grow this segment of the business. Compared to 2020, Coresight Research estimates that the penetration of live e-commerce in the United States will more than triple by 2023, representing huge potential for growth.
To introduce the US market to direct shopping and give retailers and consumers the opportunity to explore and test the chain, Coresight partners with Commentsold, Ghost Retail and Smartzer, platforms used by global brands and retailers. to make their live broadcasts and videos purchasable, on 10.10 Fête du Shopping.
“We work with over 6,000 retailers who are already using direct selling to connect with their customer audiences on a personal level,” said Brandon Kruse, CEO of CommentSold. “So we’re excited to partner with Coresight Research at Shopping Festival 10.10 to provide new opportunities for merchants on our platform to reach customers through live sales. ”
Jimmy Furlano, Founder and COO of GhostRetail, added: “The world of retail is changing rapidly as live streaming video is no longer a novelty, but a new standard of online shopping. . GhostRetail is proud to support the 10.10 Coresight Shopping Festival, supporting a fantastic cause that is both innovative and charitable, and to help participating retailers understand how our 1: 1 live video co-purchase platform can add value. selling profitable videos to their businesses which is proven to convert ecommerce transactions by more than 7 times.
“We are extremely excited to be a part of the 10.10 event, allowing brands and retailers to access Smartzer’s live shopping technology,” said Karoline Gross, Founder and CEO of Smartzer. “We’re very interested to see how different brands and retailers in the United States will approach shoppable live content throughout the event, following the format’s tremendous success in China, where nearly 15% of all sales online now come from direct shopping. Results of direct purchases in other markets are already showing engagement rates of up to 75%, which strongly suggests that this format will become the heart of e-commerce. ”
Lisa Mason, famous sales host on national and digital commerce platforms, and Sarah Williams, on-air host and performer seen on Amazon Prime, CBS, E Network and Yahoo Productions, will host select sessions of 10.10 Livestream.
Coresight Research is a retail and technology research and consulting firm. Founded in 2018 by Deborah Weinswig, Global Retail Analyst, the company is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Lagos, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Mangalore (India). The company provides data-driven analytics and strategic advice to clients including retailers, brands, enterprise technology companies, accelerators, and more. In addition to being renowned for the breadth and depth of its research, Coresight Research is known for its expertise in the Chinese market, helping clients with their market entry and cross-border e-commerce strategies. Coresight Research is also known for its Innovator Intelligence platform, made up of a vast network of tech entrepreneurs that it actively cultivates through events, mentoring, and regularly updated report coverage. For more information visit www.coresight.com.
About the comment Sold
CommentSold provides the complete technology infrastructure that retail SMEs need to operate and grow their businesses. The digital platform simplifies inventory and order management, payments, invoicing, labeling, packaging and order processing for business owners, and enables direct and social media selling , mobile apps and websites. Retail SMEs can run all of their sales operations on the CommentSold platform, while DTC and large traditional retailers will soon be able to use the platform to move from conventional sales channels to direct selling. and social. The company was named after “comment selling,” which refers to retailers posting on social media and allowing shoppers to purchase items in real time by typing “sold” in the comments of a post. Led by entrepreneur Brandon Kruse and based in Huntsville, Alabama, CommentSold currently powers e-commerce operations, including direct and social selling, for more than 6,000 businesses. For more information, please visit CommentSold.com.
Founded in 2019, GhostRetail is the first 1: 1 live video shopping platform to deliver a full in-store experience online. Developed specifically for enterprise retailers, it drives revenue and bottom line growth through live and in-person sales consultations that thrill buyers and integrations that create a seamless experience from discovery to checkout. . GhostRetail also opens up new opportunities for brands to activate influencer communities and expand traditional sales forces. For more information on GhostRetail and our solutions, visit www.ghostretail.com.
Smartzer is a platform used by global brands and retailers to make their live broadcasts and videos purchasable, to drive engagement and accelerate conversion. Live streams and purchasable videos can be shared on e-commerce and social media platforms. Smartzer is part of LVMH La Maison Des Startups, with clients such as Bloomingdale’s, Valentino, JD Sports, Adidas Missoni and Samsung.
Cast, left to right, Nathan Sylvester, Brynn Lewallen and Josh Brassard at the 2021 Maine Playwrights Festival. Photo by Stowell Watters)
PORTLAND – Acorn Productions, producers of the Maine Playwrights Festival, recently announced that they have started accepting scripts for the 20th edition of the state’s longtime incubator for new plays from local playwrights. Anyone living in Maine is eligible to submit a new piece between eight and 30 minutes in length for consideration as part of the festival. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, November 28. Submission information is available at acorn-productions.org.
“We’re proud to have produced the 2021 festival as an online streaming experience, but we also can’t wait to be back in a theater for our 20th anniversary season,” said Daniel Burson, artistic director of festival, in a press release. organisation. “If the pandemic doesn’t allow for in-person performances next spring, we’ll be ready to pivot. In this case, the 2022 festival will either move outdoors or be filmed and streamed on demand. We are committed to showcasing the work of Maine playwrights, no matter what! “
The festival centers on the development and refinement of short pieces, from submission to staged readings, rewritings and the culmination of public performances. The Maine Playwrights Festival 2022 will feature two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays, which will be performed in Portland in April-May 2022 (public health conditions permitting). The Festival plans to select 5-7 short plays for production this year. Selected playwrights will receive significant support to revise their plays during a workshop phase before the plays go into rehearsal.
In addition to the festival productions, several playwrights not selected for the entire festival will also have the opportunity to work on their plays with this year’s professional playwright in residence (to be announced in September). Acorn is also offering a Drama Writing Workshop this fall – taught remotely via Zoom – for playwrights of all experience levels to work on fine-tuning their scripts for submission. Playwrights who wish to submit a new play for review, or register for the class, should visit The Acorn website for all the details.
The festival has evolved over the years from a series of dramatic readings at Acorn’s former studio on Congress Street to a comprehensive series of performances by some of Maine’s best-known playwrights. Each year, playwrights from across Maine submit between 50 and 70 scripts to the festival, and a committee of local theater professionals read them and select a small group of plays to produce at public performances in late spring. Over the years, the festival has featured more than 100 Maine playwrights, many of whom have subsequently seen their works produced at theater festivals across the country.
For more information call 207-200-8156 or email [email protected].
NATCHEZ, Miss. – September 20, 2021 – Visit Natchez is pleased to announce the return of its most colorful annual event, the Natchez Balloon Festival, which took place October 15-17, 2021. Since 1986, the Natchez Hot Air Balloon Festival filled historic downtown Natchez with hot air balloons, local live music, and dozens of art and food vendors.
“We look forward to welcoming guests from all over the world to see the breathtaking spectacle of hundreds of hot air balloons filling the skies along the Mississippi River,” said Devin Heath, executive director of Visit Natchez.
“This festival has grown into one of the largest and most successful festivals in southwestern Mississippi and Natchez is thrilled to host this fantastic tradition loved by locals and visitors alike.”
The Natchez Balloon Festival takes place in the heart of historic downtown on the beautiful grounds of Rosalie Mansion, circa 1823. Visitors can savor the fantastic fall weather and enjoy festival activities including the glow of the evening balloons, the fireworks and carnival rides, while enjoying spectacular views of the Mississippi River.
All scheduled hot air balloon flights allow it.
Please see below for a full schedule of events:
Friday October 15- Opening of the festival doors at 4:00 p.m.
The Natchez Balloon Festival begins at 7:30 am Friday morning with the “Morning Balloon Flight”. You can explore the gardens, sample food and drink, browse vendors, and participate in carnival activities. Prepare to be enchanted during the “Balloon Glow” at 6:45 pm. Guests won’t want to miss live musical performances from YZ Ealy at 7:30 p.m. and the Fabulous Thunderbirds at 9:00 p.m. There will also be a fireworks display if the weather permits.
Saturday October 16- Opening of the festival doors at 11:00 a.m.
The balloons will take off on Saturday morning with another “morning hot air balloon ride” at 7:30 am Customers can stop by the Ed Godfrey Sports tent to watch their favorite football teams on HD TVs, stroll down Broadway Street to explore the arts and crafts fair, find food and drink vendors, enjoy kid-friendly rides and games and much more. Live music begins at 2:30 pm with performances by the Matt Willis Trio, Jamell Richardson, J & The Causeways, Tank and the Bangas and the evening’s closing performance by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Saturday will also include the “Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight” at 4:00 pm and the “Balloon Glow” evening at 6:45 pm
Sunday 17th October
The festival will end on Sunday after a “Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride” at 7:30 am and the “Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Ride” at 4:00 pm, taking off from Natchez Bluff.
Fabulous Independent Film Festival + Music and Arts: Thursday 23 Sep-Oct 2; various places; ticket prices vary; fabaf.org
A two-week LGBTQ festival featuring a full-day outdoor concert, virtual film screenings and more, kicks off this week in Sarasota.
The celebration which will take place on Thursday 23 September-Oct. 2 combines the 11th Fabulous independent film festival, which takes place every year in the fall, with the full-day concert and other artistic events that in recent years have taken place under the name Harvey Milk Festival. This festival has not hosted in-person events in the past two years, among other local annual LGBTQ festivities, either hosting modified versions or canceling / rescheduling amid the pandemic (Manatee Pride recently announced its reprogramming for March 2022.)
The organization hosting the event recently changed its title from Harvey Milk Festival, named after the politician who was one of the first openly gay Americans to hold elected public office, to Fabulous Arts Foundation. Founder and director Shannon Fortner said their plans include launching a fundraising campaign for an LGBTQ performing arts and community center in Sarasota and hosting several festivals next year, including one for culture. drag.
“We really want to focus on our community and make it the focal point,” Fortner said. “We have been truly honored to be able, for over a decade, to share Harvey’s life and legacy. But we want to move forward and expand our organization into a foundation, to further elevate our community.”
In-person events will have COVID-19 safety guidelines, including temperature verification and the requirement for masks, with spaces reserved for food and drink, and will take place primarily in the Rosemary District of Sarasota. The festival kicks off Thursday with a “Queer Utopia” opening night at 800 Cocoanut Ave., followed by a dance / performance event Friday at The Players Studio.
The full-day concert takes place on Saturday at a lot at 1250 10th St., featuring several Florida-based musicians as well as foreign performers such as Moon Kissed and SuperKnova. Selma Nilla, a New York-based drag artist who previously lived in Sarasota and recently appeared in the Netflix baking contest series “Nailed It!”, will also take part in Saturday’s event as well as a drag brunch on Sunday.
The drive-thru screenings will take place from September 30 to October 30. 2 on the same lot 800 Cocoanut Ave. than the opening night festivities, with films including the Sundance Film Festival selection “Summertime” and the opera singer’s pioneering documentary “The Sound of Identity”. These films and more will also be available to watch virtually starting Thursday, along with other in-home options, including an online panel on Monday with the topic of “The Sound of Identity” Lucia Lucas and live broadcasts from other festival events.
Here is the program of events for this year (subject to change.)
Opening night: This “Queer Utopia” event will feature artists John Gascot, Tate Leigh, Michael Murphy and Tylia Janeí, cellist Ash Hoffman and spinning Galvin Baez. Thursday 6 p.m. 800 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota; $ 10, $ 125 VIP
Q + Dance + Performance Art: The event features works by Bianca “JustBee” Russell and other artists. 8 p.m. Friday; The Players Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts # 200, Sarasota; $ 20, $ 50 VIP
Music Festival : 2:20 p.m. Saturday; 1250 10th Street, Sarasota; $ 5
2:20 p.m .: Opening with founder and president Shannon Fortner
2:30 p.m .: Me Umbra
The Sarasota native and co-founder of indie-pop group ROSE is now releasing music under that name, including this year’s first single “Mindful”.
3:15 p.m .: Emmanuelle Sasson
The South Florida singer-songwriter has been releasing music from a young age, including this year’s singles “gonegonegone” and “echo”.
4 p.m .: Divine AF
The Sarasota-area band, made up of a multigenerational LGBTQ + artist group, released the 2018 EP “This Side of Desire.”
5 p.m .: Roxx Revolt & The Velvets
The group from Naples play a style of music they call “glammy-punk and roll”, influenced by musicians like the Rolling Stones, the Stooges and T. Rex.
6 p.m .: Dad
Jacksonville musician Alexander Eli, former member of electro-pop group Tomboi, now publishes and performs music under this title.
7 p.m .: MeteorEYES
The band counts Fortner among its members, with an electro-rock / synth-pop sound that can be heard on tracks including this year’s single “Stardusk”.
8 p.m .: SuperKnova
The trans musician plays a sound she calls “queer pop”, mixing hip-hop inspired synths, guitar and drums that can be heard on her feature film “American Queers” of 2019, her music Also appearing in the Showtime series “Ongoing Work.”
8:45 p.m .: Selma Nilla
The drag performer who appeared on the Netflix baking contest show “Nailed It!” previously lived in Sarasota before moving to New York City, debuting on the old-fashioned Starlite Room “Vaudeville’s Dead” show.
9:15 p.m .: Kissed moon
The New York synth-pop trio visit shortly before releasing their second album “I’d Like to Tell You Something Important” in October, having previously released “I Met My Band at a New Year’s Party” in 2019. and a collection of remixes last year.
Slide brunch: Selma Nilla appears in this “show full of laughs, fun, games and booze”, also featuring a daddy’s DJ set. 11:30 am Sunday, Tarpon Bay Grill & Tiki Bar, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $ 45, $ 150 VIP
Roundtable: Navigating Mental Health Creatively: This virtual event in partnership with Modern Marimba features Lucia Lucas (the subject of the documentary “The Sound of Identity”) as moderator and panelist, joined by other musicians. 7:30 p.m. Monday; pay what you can
Franc: This event will feature oral creation artists Novacane, Beinreace, Immani Love and Gabriele Keusch, with an art exhibition also showcasing their work. 7 p.m. Wednesday; 1421 Boulevard des Arts, Sarasota; $ 10
Drive-In Festival: Sep 30-Oct 2; 800 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota; $ 30 up to four people, $ 50 up to six people
8:30 p.m. Sep.: “Honey”
Teenage AJ is dragged by her family to a coastal vacation park, where she meets lifeguard Isla, in this coming-of-age movie with echoes of “My So-Called Life” and “Juno.” Screens with the short “Gospel Island”.
8 p.m .: October 1: “The sound of identity”
This documentary follows Lucia Lucas, the first transgender woman to star in an opera in the United States with a professional company in a standard work, playing Don Giovanni. Screens with the short “Moving Barcelona”.
22h00: 1: “summer time”
The lives of several young residents of Los Angeles intersect over a summer day, incorporating oral creation, in this film directed by Carlos López Estrada (“Blindspotting”, “Raya and the Last Dragon.”) Screened with the short “Masisi Wouj”.
8:00 p.m .: October 2: “No straight lines: the rise of queer comics”
This documentary chronicles five LGBTQ + comic book artists whose careers range from the underground scene to the cover of Time magazine and the international scene. Screens with the short “Uncovered: All C —- are Beautiful. “
10 p.m .: October 2: “Jump, honey”
The drama follows a drag queen who moves to the countryside, where her grandmother (the late Cloris Leachman in one of her last roles) is down sharply but determined to avoid the local nursing home. Screen with the short “Liberty”.
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The Fall Fun Fest in New Bern returned this year. There were activities for kids of all ages as well as for adults.
The festival started on Friday September 17th and continued until Sunday evening. Various rides decorated the landscape, and festival-goers enjoyed live music, dance performances and even wrestling.
The event was hosted by the Craven County JCs. Tickets cost five dollars per person and all proceeds were donated to North Carolina charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs.
“We had a lot of excitement, over 12,000 people viewed our facebook page and made great comments, so many photos were shared with smiling kids on these rides, I think over a dozen. It’s been a lot of fun, and we certainly love doing it, and it’s for a good cause. This is all for charity, ”said David Ricks, event coordinator for the Craven County JCs.
This year was unique as helicopter tours were available for $ 25 per person. The riders had a bird’s eye view of New Bern.
“The tour is amazing, if you’ve never seen New Bern from the air you definitely should,” Ricks added.
Ricks explained that they didn’t have as many sellers this year because of the pandemic, saying, “And of course, the scale of the fair is a little different this year, but that’s okay. we did our best with what we had. work with.”
Although having fewer vendors, the children still had a lot to do.
“We’ve got over a dozen rides, we’ve got helicopter rides, we’ve got shows on our stage, we’ve actually got two acts tonight, we’ve got Dazzling Dancers taking the stage at 4 a.m. and DJ Twix will be at 7 am, ”said Ricks.
On Saturday, the festival welcomed more than two thousand guests and the crowds continued until Sunday.
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Return of the farm-to-fork festival brings a welcome boost to Sacramento’s economy
Updated: September 19, 2021 at 7:21 a.m. PDT
Large crowds gathered at the Farm-to-Fork Festival on Saturday in Sacramento, resulting in welcome foot traffic and dollars for participating vendors. “It’s great that Sacramento can host this event, showcase these local businesses and jumpstart our economy,” said Bryce Avalos of Carmichael. The annual event returned after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. “It’s fantastic. Not just because we can employ more people,” said Julio Ortiz, co-owner of Gaspachos USA, a fruit and juice bar. “Being able to go out and feel the love of the people who support you and love your product, it really gives us life.” “If you want to look at the people who have been really hurt in the last 18 months, it’s the people who go to festivals and make a living that way, because there haven’t been,” said Mike Testa. , president of Visit Sacramento. His organization sets up the festival. According to Visit Sacramento, visitor spending is about $ 3 billion a year. Much of that revenue has vanished during the height of the pandemic. Immunization rates continue to rise and as COVID-19 rates decline, Sacramento’s economy may make a comeback. ”For attendees, many of them are from Sacramento and out of state. They stay in hotels in a restaurant and buy a souvenir before going home. ”
SACRAMENTO, Calif .–
Large crowds gathered at the Farm-to-Fork Festival on Saturday in Sacramento, resulting in welcome foot traffic and dollars for participating vendors.
“It’s great that Sacramento can host this event, showcase these local businesses and jumpstart our economy,” said Bryce Avalos of Carmichael.
The annual event returned after a long hiatus due to the pandemic.
“It’s fantastic. Not just because we can employ more people,” said Julio Ortiz, co-owner of Gaspachos USA, a fruit and juice bar. “Being able to come back and feel the love of the people who support you and love your product, it really gives us life.”
“If you want to look at the people who have been really hurt in the last 18 months, it’s the people who go to festivals and make a living that way, because there haven’t been,” said Mike Testa. , President of Visit Sacramento. His organization sets up the festival.
According to Visit Sacramento, visitor spending is roughly $ 3 billion per year. Much of that income disappeared during the height of the pandemic. But as vaccination rates continue to rise and COVID-19 rates decline, Sacramento’s economy may make a comeback.
“Getting visitors into a community to spend money on businesses is important,” added Testa. “For [festival] attendees, many of them from Sacramento and out of state. They stay in hotels in a restaurant and buy a souvenir before going home. ”
Community members can come and fill their freezers with chili peppers and get other produce from a farmers market to support local producers.
RAPID CITY, SD – It was a spicy time at Jolly Lane Greenhouse in Rapid City where he held his 16th annual Chili Festival.
It started as a one day event which has grown into a three day reunion over the years.
Community members can come and fill their freezers with chili peppers and get other produce from a farmers market to support local producers.
The idea came after one of the owners of Jolly Lane, Tim Sime, thought about bringing it to the area as a fun reunion in the fall.
“Roasted red chili peppers weren’t something I’d seen done in Rapid City before in the Colorado market and further south of course, so I just thought nothing was going to win anything and I had a lot of success that year and he’s obviously grown a lot. over the past 16 years, but has become a pretty big fall event for us and a lot of fun, ”Sime said.
But the fun doesn’t end there. The Chili Pepper Festival, which is one of the last big events on Jolly Lane before winter, also features food trucks and drinks.
Guests can sample local beers and plan their future garden as things come to an end during gardening season.
“(Our) Garden bar is open,” Sime said. “We serve a lot of local craft beers and South Dakota wines, so it’s kind of an event where you can come and relax and we’re going to have live music all afternoon for free with no admission. . Just come, enjoy eating food. Maybe have a beer or wine and enjoy the music.
You can still pass through Jolly Lane on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.