Wednesday, September 17, 2008

8th ANNUAL COUNTY HARVEST FAIR at Garfield Conservatory

Looking for a fun activity this weekend ? In the Chicago IL area? Come join us at the fair.
( Garfield Park Conservatory Directions )
I will be a volunteer with the University of Illinois agricultural extension for the afternoon.

The following is from the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance newsletter detailing activities and entertainment...

The 8th annual County Fair is this Saturday September 20th at the Garfield Park Conservatory!
Saturday September 20th, 11am-5pm, throughout the Conservatory Campus, free entrance (some activities have a nominal fee)
County Fair is an annual event celebrating both the annual harvest and healthy communities. It’s family-oriented, with programs and activities for all ages. Set in an historic urban setting on Chicago’s West Side, visitors to the fair will discover agricultural traditions, see the best in urban gardening, and enjoy horticultural exhibits and demonstrations. Children’s activities, a petting zoo and harvest competitions highlight the connections between plants, food and American heritage. Food and live music make this a unique event for the entire family.

Children’s Activities

Some of this year’s down-home fun for kids includes:
a petting zoo and pony rides,
corn-husk doll making,
a story tent with the Chicago Public Library,
and lots of other family fun!

Harvest Competition

If you or someone you know is interested in entering our 2008 Harvest Competition, please note that pre-registration has closed, but it’s not too late to enter! To participate in the competition, bring your entries to the Garfield Market Place on the north end of the Conservatory campus between 9am and 10am the morning of the fair. There are nine competition categories this year, including special fruits and vegetables, single or arranged fresh flowers, and creative arrangements of sunflowers – the One Seed Chicago seed of the year. Entering the competition is free. Please visit our website to learn all the details: www.garfieldconservatory.org/county_fair.htm.
All Harvest Competition entries will be on display in the Garfield Market Place until 4pm for all County Fair visitors to enjoy. Make sure to stop by to marvel at all the entries and to see who won!

Garden Demonstrations
Don’t miss all of the exciting demonstrations being held throughout the Conservatory campus during County Fair, such as composting demonstrations, food preservation demonstrations, and beekeeping demonstrations.

Recipe Swap
Jot down your favorite recipe and bring it along to this year’s County Fair. We’ll have a Recipe Swap tent where you’ll be able to share your favorites and pick up some new ideas as well. The staff of Garfield Park and Lincoln Park Conservatories have even contributed their own favorite recipes to share with you, so stop by and see what we eat!

Farmer’s Market
Enjoy a selective supply of produce, honey, soap and much more available for purchase.

Garden Tool Sharpening
Bring your garden tools along to get a tune-up!

Live Music
This year, two separate music and performance stages will highlight the excitement of youth and the power of tradition.

American Traditional Music Stage
Musical performances representing traditional genres of the past will be tucked in the shade of the Garfield Park Conservatory’s front yard. Jug bands, jam sessions, and the old timey stylings of Chicago folk artist Mark Dvorak are all part of this musical area and its offerings. Located on the northwest side of the Conservatory’s city block.

Jug Band Workshop by The Hump Night Thumpers
11am-11:45am
Join the Hump Night Thumpers in a 30-minute workshop and jam where you can pick up an instrument and play along! The Thumpers will introduce audiences to the unique instruments of this genre. Jugs and washboards will be provided!

Jug Band Performance by The Hump Night Thumpers
12pm-12:45pm
The classic jug band era was shaped by urban black musicians in Southern river cities like Memphis and Louisville. Former vaudeville entertainers and string band musicians took to the streets with inexpensive and homemade instruments, mixed Dixieland jazz and ragtime with the blues, and created a genre that some have called "the world's happiest music." The Hump Night Thumpers meet weekly at the Old Town School of Folk Music to learn songs, build instruments, and study the history of the genre. Each member plays a variety of instruments, including guitar, ukulele, washtub bass, washboard, kazoo, spoons, and, of course, jugs of all shapes and sizes. Performances might include traditional blues, jazz, or ragtime songs, newer songs written during the '60's, or original songs written by the group, but are always upbeat and guaranteed to inspire curiosity among the audience.
Folk Club Jam led by Mark Dvorak
1pm-1:45pm
Bring your instrument and join local folk hero Mark Dvorak as he leads a classic string-band jam. Don’t play? No problem - foot tappers needed.

Solo Performance by Mark Dvorak
2pm-2:45pm
“...one of a vanishing breed... Although all of us benefit from the tradition, Dvorak is one of the few who keep it alive. Listen. Join in.” Utah Phillips
As a musician, storyteller, poet and teacher, Mark Dvorak has carved his place firmly in the Chicago and national folk scene. The Woodstock Folk Festival honored Mark with their 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and his song The Saddest Town in Illinois recently reached #10 on Neil Young’s Living With War song list. Mark’s 11th CD, What a Wonderful World, is a compilation assembled from over 16 years in the recording studio. Come hear a local treasure that the Chicago Tribune called, simply “Masterful.”

Blues Performance by Robin Watson
3pm-3:45pm
East Garfield resident, Robin Watson, is an awesome entertainer whose song styling and rich quality have been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, and Nina Simone wrapped into one. The combination of her musical talent, engaging entertainment skills, and fun-filled interaction with her audiences ranks her among the best. She has given soul-stirring performances at many Chicago hotspots, including a year-long run at the historical Como Inn, 5 years at Harrah’s and Empress Casinos, Pheasant Run Resort, as well as stellar performances in Brazil, South America, the Caribbean, the United Nations, and the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter.

Performance by The Oak Park Farmer’s Market Band
4pm-4:45pm
Old-time music is a form of North American folk music, with roots in the folk traditions of many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland and Africa. This musical form developed along with various North American folk dances, such as square dance, buck dance and clogging. Picked fresh from the Oak Park Farmer Market, this traditional string band has been entertaining audiences throughout the city for years. Banjo, guitar, fiddle and maybe even a tin whistle will fill the air.

Contemporary Youth Music Stage
Music and performance acts, both by youth and for youth will occur at the Youth Stage throughout the day. Located on the south side of the Conservatory’s city block.

Performance by Nice Peter
11:15am-11:45am
Augmented by serious musicianship, Nice Peter's hysterical original acoustic pop songs are a terrific change of pace for any modern music lover. Trained at the Improv Olympic in Chicago, lead singer Pete Shukoff brings his improv comedy experience to the rock and roll stage for all ages and performs a special interactive set for kids. Audiences across the US and UK are laughing, dancing, and raving about this one-of-a-kind band with a truly unique live experience.

Performance by Tha Pope
12:15pm-12:45pm
Tha Pope "Chicago Youngest Celebrity" has captivated and generated the largest following of young people from ages 3-20 in Chicago history. With his charming personality, stylish swagger and phenomenal dance & Rap abilities, Tha Pope has been compared to the likes of Usher, Chris Brown and other great entertainers and performers. Due to the highly publicized gun violence and deaths with young teens, Tha Pope has teamed up with WPWX Power 92 morning personality Tray The Chocolate Jock in Chicago along with local politicians, business men and women to form the “Stop The Violence Tour” which visits Chicago Public and Charter schools to speak to the kids in regards to curtailing gun and gang violence. After the discussions then Tha Pope takes the stage for his high energy performance.

Performance by Kids Works
1:15pm-2pm
Andrea Salloum from Kidworks Touring Theatre Co. will lead a group of 25 participants, ages 4 and up, on a journey through the continent of Africa. Children will learn to speak Swahili, dress in headwraps, play games from the Congo, learn the Ku-Ku dance and the Limbo, play the Djembe Drum and act out an African Wedding Ceremony.

Performance by the Julian Dancing Dolls
2:30pm-3pm
Straight from Percy L. Julian High School on the South Side of Chicago, the Julian Dancing Dolls are an energetic bunch of young ladies who perform some of the most cutting-edge dance moves. Don’t miss them strut their stuff on our Contemporary Youth Music Stage!

Performance by the Charlie Snyder Quartet
3:30pm-4:30pm
Classic jazz played straight up by four of Chicago’s most talented high school musicians. The Charlie Snyder Quartet includes students from the Merit School of Music and Northwestern University Jazz Camp. Come hear the next generation of American jazz.

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