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PUBLISHED 4/24/2009 [VISIT ARCHIVE]

Americana
Folk Art & Music Fair

July 18th & 19th

This year the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, Foundation for Youth has evolved the Antique Farm Fair to become the Americana Folk Art and Music Fair. The popularity of the hands on demonstrations in previous years made us want to do more to capture the spirit of the artistic community that makes up the Ellicottville and the Enchanted Mountains area.

This two day family event features Artists, musicians and family fun in the town square Saturday, with a Music Fair and artisans at Holiday Valley on Sunday. This event is sure to instill the spirit of creativity in children and adults alike.

On Saturday July 18th Artists and Artisans of all types will be featured in the Town Square at this Free event, showing you how to weave, spin, carve, paint, sketch, sculpt and craft candles. Some of the best metal artists in Western New York will demonstrate plasma cutting and metal crafting. Antique metal painting along with rustic furniture making and basket weaving will give you a peek at the skills of days gone by. There will be a caricature artist on site both days that will capture your lighter side for all to see. The ever-popular Hay wagon and tractor rides will take on a tour of the village passing the unique petting zoo, carvers and the art show. Bigger and better this year is the Antique Fair from Antiques and Interiors and Bob McCarthy’s live auction will again attract those bargain hunters looking for the unique and unusual, while being entertained.

A homemade chicken BBQ, Hot Dogs, pop corn, snow cones and mouthwatering deserts will be available all day at reasonable prices. An operating saw mill cutting logs into boards and beehive demonstration are back by popular demand while garden art, bentwood furniture, birdhouses and Adirondak chairs will be created on site by the best crafters in Western N.Y.

This is a true family event with something to see and do for all ages while benefiting the Rotary Foundation for Youth as well as the Ellicottville Historical Society and the Alley Katz.

New to this year’s event is the Bluegrass and Roots Music Fair on Sunday July 19th from noon through 6:00 PM on the hill in front of Tannenbaum Lodge at Holiday Valley. The gates open at 11:00 AM for this outdoor concert and interactive music fair.

The Music Fair will feature, The Doerfels - Family Bluegrass the national recording artists who rumor has it will be on the TV Show “America’s got Talent” this summer. The band composed of five permanent members ranging in age from 13 through 20 is often joined by others from this family of 10 children . Originally from Springville the band spends most of the year on the road while making the Keys their home away from home. They have recorded their fourth CD “What I’m looking For” which can be found on I Tunes. Their upbeat bluegrass music will have the crowd on their feet for the entire performance.

The show will also feature one of Canada’s true musical stars, Juno award winner, Tom Wilson. Tom’s new band Lee Osmond took shape when Colin Linden, lead guitarist of Wilson’s other group, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, was hired to play in Emmylou Harris’ touring band. With Blackie forced to cancel dates because of Linden’s temporary hiatus, Wilson called some friends -- Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, Ray Farrugia of Junkhouse, Josh Finlayson of The Skydiggers and Canadian folk icon Brent Titcomb.
They got together and recorded 10 new tracks at, with some added help from friends such as Cowboy Junkies’ singer Margot Timmins and Hamilton sax wizard Darcy Hepner.
Wilson describes the music as “acid folk.” Allowing bass, hypnotic rhythms and a lot of groove into their songwriting circle, the artist collective created a sound that would creep out of the Northern woods and across the Great Lakes into the South, the same way The Band did forty years before them. The stage presence and musical talent of this group with leave you in awe.

Two other local groups “Home Made Jam” with Pete Boberg and “Old Dawg” will round out the entertainment. This is not just a concert as numerous “In the crowd” musicians and artisans will be on hand to make this day one to remember for you and your family. Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. They can be purchased at Holiday Valley, A Touch of Ellicottville, The Barn and from any Rotarian. A great looking Tee shirt created for this event is also available for only $10. Mark your calendar as this is a musical event in a beautiful setting you will not want to miss. Bring the whole family to experience this truly remarkable summer fair.

For further information or to display your special art at the fair contact Bob McCarthy at 716-378-0916.

 

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