Pen­cil it in! Sum­mer­fest launch at Home­town Fair

Moose Jaw - - Front Page - Main Stage Ar­ti­san Vil­lage The Imag­i­na­tion Mar­ket The Eco-mar­ket Heal­ers Ham­let By Sun­nie Parx Vol­un­teers Tick­ets

Did you know Sum­mer­fest, Moose Jaw’s own mu­sic, art and cul­ture festival is ex­plod­ing into its fourth year? Well now you do! Yes Sum­mer­fest is back all new, im­proved and the high­light of Au­gust. Pen­cil it in folks …Aug. 17 to 19. Happy Val­ley Park in Moose Jaw will be your des­ti­na­tion for one jam packed mu­sic, arts and cul­ture festival. From its hum­ble be­gin­nings four years ago this home­town event has grown into a festival wor­thy of provin­cial at­ten­tion and you don’t want to miss it. So what’s new? Well for starters it’s now a three day festival with more of ev­ery­thing. Peo­ple from all over the Prairies are com­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence just how Sur­pris­ingly Un­ex­pected Moose Jaw can be. From the live mu­sic and art to the chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and unique ven­dor mar­kets there will be an abun­dance to en­gage and cap­ture your in­ter­est. You can kick back to the great mu­sic that re­sounds off of the live stage and echoes through the val­ley. If you’re a fan of rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop, rap, coun­try, funk, In­dia, acous­tic, Fran­co­phone and blue grass you’ll def­i­nitely find your beat here. And it will be de­liv­ered with a pas­sion from emerg­ing and pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians from the Western prov­inces so check out the web­site as the line up is re­vealed. Dis­cover the fas­ci­nat­ing va­ri­ety of art avail­able. Come pre­pared to join in and get a lit­tle artsy your­self with the on­go­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and mini work­shops in the Moose Jaw Art Guild’s cre­ativ­ity tent. If you’ve ever won­dered how do they do that? you’ll get to find out in the demo area where artists will be show­ing off their skills and tal­ents. And you’ll want your re­us­able shop­ping bag as you stroll through the artists’ booths.... think Christ­mas shop­ping....know what I mean? This is a won­der area that will cap­ti­vate the teens in 2012. This en­chant­ing venue will be the home to three in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s per­form­ers: Tippy Agogo, First Na­tions sto­ry­teller Si­mon Moc­casin and Tamara Un­roe will charm and amaze all ages. Cir­cus arts and trick fris­bee demon­stra­tions, hu­man sculp­ture and pup­petry are just a bit of what th­ese renowned per­form­ers of­fer for chil­dren and youth. There will be face paint­ing, sto­ry­telling, dance, games and pa­per mache lantern mak­ing and more. Or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses who of­fer green al­ter­na­tives, prod­ucts, ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion will be fea­tured in the eco-mar­ket. This venue is a unique and in­for­ma­tive com­po­nent fit­ting to the nat­u­ral beauty of Happy Val­ley.

Nes­tled in a qui­eter area of the park, is where you can en­joy a va­ri­ety of the holis­tic ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties. What a unique dy­namic for festival-go­ers. Treat your­self to the heal­ing skills of­fered by li­censed prac­ti­tion­ers. You’ll have an op­por­tu­nity to watch, learn and par­tic­i­pate in the var­i­ous demon­stra­tions given by com­mu­nity in­struc­tors. When in need of quiet time amid the bus­tle of the festival you can take ad­van­tage of a lit­tle re­lax­ation in the Chill Tent. You won’t need the picnic bas­ket be­cause the food ven­dors will have all the tan­ta­liz­ing festival foods and bev­er­ages you could want and yes there will be the ever pop­u­lar re­fresh­ment gar­den in view of the main stage. There are great perks for the vol­un­teers. If you are an artist, eco busi­ness or holis­tic prac­ti­tioner you’ll ben­e­fit from join­ing the Sum­mer­fest fam­ily. Just drop in at www­go­sum­mer­ to get the up­dates and de­tails, e-mail Kate@go­sum­mer­ or call Jean at 693-0872. Wow! So much go­ing on at Sum­mer­fest! You just can’t wait right? Ad­vance week­end passes go on sale at the Home­town Fair June 22-24 in the Exhibition con­ven­tion cen­tre. There will be chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, an art exhibition, free art ac­tiv­i­ties, demon­stra­tions, and per­for­mances. “Sum­mer­fest is all about com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing the unique mu­sic, arts and cul­ture of our prov­ince. It’s about any­body and ev­ery­body be­ing able to en­gage in the arts” says Kate McWil­liams, Sum­mer­fest co-founder. “Sum­mer­fest is a true des­ti­na­tion for any­one who en­joys a nat­u­ral set­ting and qual­ity live en­ter­tain­ment”.

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