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It's a festival made for discovery, and Mile of Music again tucked some gems into unconventional spaces. Brian Hucek of Madison found one when intending to use the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel lobby as a shortcut. He stopped on Saturday afternoon for Milwaukee-based Matthew Davies' unscheduled concert at the baby grand piano near the elevator. "It's nice to see a hotel piano actually be utilized," Hucek said. Thousands traversed downtown Appleton on Saturday for the third day of the four-day Mile of Music, an all-original music festival now in its third year. Music rang from coffeehouses and poured out of taverns — as expected. Yet it's a festival known for surprises and some always arrive by way of a broadened idea of what makes a music venue. Madison-based violinist and songwriter Ida Jo stepped up onto a platform in an alley for her second gig of the day. More specifically, it's the new Art Alley near the History Museum at the Castle. The space filled in quickly for its Saturday Mile of Music debut. Many more listened from the sidewalk. Ida Jo noted the gig followed a performance at the music hall otherwise known as the Queen Bee restaurant. "I like the alternative venues," she told an attentive crowd. Paul Diedrich, a Fond du Lac Americana artist, had the Friday honor of being the first musician ever to play El Patron, a small Mexican restaurant located in City Center. Music ties us together, he said. Any place is a good venue if the performer and audience mesh. "It's making a match of the music and the public, and how music relates to what what they're doing," he said. He figured his acoustic sound would work well among music fans enjoying an early dinner. A couple who wandered in during set-up turned down its otherwise popular window seating for a booth closer to the stage. Some venues, of course, receive more traffic than others. Jones Park is the largest along the mile, and all that space was needed as festival co-founder Cory Chisel took the stage on Saturday afternoon with The Wandering Sons. But those looking for something more intimate had plenty of options. Madison singer-songwriter Teddy Davenport plugged into a small PA on Friday for the first performance at The Fire, a College Avenue mosaic studio. He stood at the room's center with tables around him and played to patrons who kept at work on their crafts. There wasn't so much a concert. Source: www.postcrescent.com
Pottstown will be hosting a variety of groups that will have tables at the event including Harris Family Ministries, Genesis Housing, Pottstown Library, Victory Christian Life Center, Mosaic, PAC and Olivett, Community Health, Art Fusion,... Pottstown Police will also have a presence at the event. In addition to activities planned in the park, other groups will be hosting their own events including Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 60 N. Hanover Street, on the lawn of the church. The church will have crafts and games for kids, hot dogs, pop corn, soft pretzels, and Rita’s Water Ice. They will also be offering information on voter registration and will be accompanied by PDIDA, a Pottstown police officer, Zuber Reality, Genesis Housing Project, and several other local agencies. First Church of the Brethren, 371 N. York Street, and Zion’s United Church of Christ, 209 Chestnut Street, will be hosting their own events as well. Royersford will also be hosting events for National Night Out on Washington Street between the 300 and 500 blocks as well as on 4th Avenue from Walnut Street to Spring Street. The free activities will feature sponsors, vendors and community groups including Royersford United Methodist Church, Church of the Epiphany and Limerick Police Department. on Tuesday, Phoenixville will be joining the thousands of other towns across the country with its own events at Grace Crossing Community Church at Gay and Church streets. Events will include face-painting, games and crafts and food will be provided by Grace Crossing Community church members, Rite Aid, Giant, Wawa, Royal Bank Petrucci’s Ice Cream and Water Ice. There will also be music provided by the Praise Band from Grace Crossing Community Church. The event is co-hosted by the Phoenixville Town Watch and is scheduled to end by 9 p. m. Source: www.pottsmerc.com
Watch video. What started as a craft has turned into a business for 55-year-old James Hall, who likes to go by Monnie. Due to Hall’s advanced cerebral palsy, he has little movement in his hands and mostly communicates non-verbally. His caregiver, Tanasha Taylor, does the work Hall is unable to do. Together, Taylor and Hall started creating custom wreaths to family and friends. Hall averages about two sales a month, and he’s hoping his website www. monnieswreaths. com will kick start orders. “It started out as something we liked to do and we wanted to share it. Right now it looks like we will be able to become a small business,” Taylor said. Hall lives in a group home and is cared for by Mosaic, a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. Brittney Ledford, Mosaic’s public relations specialist, tells KCCI that she’s not surprised by Hall’s entrepreneurial spirit. “He doesn't want to just sit in his house and watch TV or have somebody cook for him. He wants to be out in the community. He wanted to have this job and this business,” Ledford said. Ledford said Hall gets frustrated that people focus on his disability instead of his ability, and he hopes his wreaths will help people look past his wheelchair and simply see who he is. Want your own wreath. Hall will be at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 13 on the first floor of the Cultural Building from 2 p. m. until 5:30 p. m. KCCI'S MARCUS MCINTOSH INTRODUCES US TO MONNIE. HE'S DONE LOTS OF DIFFERENT CRAFTS FOR HIS FAMILY AND GIFTS. MARCUS JAMES MONROE HALL, BETTER : KNOWN AS MONNIE, HAS BEEN SELLING HAND-MADE WREATHS FOR ABOUT A YEAR. TANASHA: HE IS VERY EXCITED RIGHT NOW. MARCUS: A SEVERE CASE OF CEREBRAL PALSY HAS LEFT MONNIE UNABLE TO SPEAK AND WITH LIMITED USE OF HIS HANDS. TANASHA TAYLOR, HIS CAREGIVER, DOES THE WORK MONNIE IS UNABLE TO DO. TANASHA: WE'RE GOING TO MAKE BIG PUFFS. MARCUS: MONNIE MAKES WREATHS FOR ALL OCCASIONS. HE IS INVOLVED IN EVERY ASPECT OF THE WREATHS, STARTING WITH SHOPPING FOR MATERIAL AND ENDING WITH MAKING SURE THEY ARE TO HIS STANDARDS. TANASHA: ARE THEY LOOKING PRETTY EVEN. THIS NEEDS TO BE PULLED THIS WAY. MARCUS: HE AVERAGES ABOUT TWO SALES A MONTH, HOPING HIS WEBSITE MONNIES-WREATHS. COM WILL KICKSTART ORDERS. TANASHA: IT STARTED OUT AS SOMETHING WE LIKE TO DO, AND WE WANTED TO SHARE IT. RIGHT NOW, IT LOOKS LIKE WE WILL BE ABLE TO BECOME A SMALL. Source: www.kcci.com
If you've got a kid who loves art projects, then this kid mosaic project is going to be a rainy day hit! In this project, kids will use dyed dried beans to create a kid mosaic inside a clear CD case. When the mosaic is dry, you can close the case and
Madison singer-songwriter Teddy Davenport plugged into a small PA on Friday for the first performance at The Fire, a College Avenue mosaic studio. He stood at the room's center with tables around him and played to patrons who kept at work on their crafts.
Started last year, the event drew a good crowd and this year's showcase of art and craft from 16 artists who hail from Chorley, Catforth, Lytham, Garstang, Barrowford, Blackburn and Fleetwood promises to please all tastes, with much of the work
Glass artist Elizabeth Robinson, potter Courtney Peters (who also has Mosaic Interiors on the first floor), artist William Goodman and the Gaddis Group all have studios there, along with Miltner. "They are supportive of each other and help each other
In the 4-H Training Center, crafts, baked goods and plants created or tended by participants are on display. Mariana Martin, 5, of Sanborn showed off her many craft items, from a mosaic mirror to a pink hat festooned with green four-leaf clovers. It's
More holiday gift ideas and fun for the kids, too. Over 80 artisans sell their handmade goods at the Mosaic Craft Fair: An Indie Marketplace in Alhambra. Native Angelino, Heather Arndt sells her ceramic trinket boxes, vases, mugs, doll parts (yes, that’s ...