Saturday, May 22, 2010

HMEG to be at Hamline Midway Spring Festival on Sunday May 23rd

Where to be this Sunday? Newell Park of course, for the Hamline Midway Spring Festival. Music and more. HEMG will have a tent set-up too which HMEGers are welcome to sit at. There will be info about composting, energy workshops, gardening and of course trees. Be sure to ask how YOU can help with the upcoming residential ash tree survey! Here is the details about the Spring Festival as provided by the Facebook event:

Hello All,

On Sunday, it will be hot. Please, bring water, some more water, and some extra water after that. If anything, bring a water bottle to continue to refill throughout the day at the fountain by the main building. The bathrooms and silent auction are also housed within the main building.

Here's the Schedule of Events as it stands now for the HMSF on Sunday, May 23rd.

Main stage will kick off at 12 noon with the amazing Brianna Lane. If you haven't done it yet, now is the time to get right with the Lane. Then around 1pm the modern psychedelic folk blues of Nikki and the Ruemates. This will be the Ruemates plugged in and packing a drummer. Now, at 2pm, we have our friends from Cleveland, the most attractive, post-graduate, folk-punk band there is, Heelsplitter. Yes, they are named after the fresh water mussel, that crippled so many of the early inhabitants of North America. Now, making his HMSF debut, the hardest working man in Eagle River, MN, Drew Peterson. Drew will be joined by HMSF veteran, Bradley Smith on bass. Acoustic, working man, soul from two true gentlemen. At 4pm, we have another HMSF debut, but he is a man who needs no introduction here in St. Paul, Pulitzer prize winning writer for the Pioneer Press, David Hanners. Who just this last March released an amazing new album, "The Traveler's Burden". A stunning set of songs, beautifully crafted by David and producer Ric Lee. Look at this hat trick, we have Dan Newton and his Cafe Accordion Orchestra making THEIR HMSF debut as well. Veterans of some of the Twin Cities' finest stages, Dan and his CAO, stand as one of the finest examples of the depth of talent that exists the Twin Cities. They will get rolling around 5:30. Then, to bring it all back home, we have Hamline-Midway's very own, LOUDRAY. The RAY will play a set on their own, before being joined by some friends from the day to jam out the festival, until we have to get to the after parties.

Just when you that that was way to cool to be true, we have a second stage as well.
The second stage line up looks something like this at this writing.
At 12:30 or so, we will have a special surprise guest making HIS HMSF debut. Then, at 1:30, those stalwarts of the HSMF, a band I am proud to say has grown into one of the most adventurous acoustic combos in the Twin Towns today, and they have been with the HMSF since Day One. My friends and yours, The Sans Souci Quartet. Following the SSQ at about 2:30pm, St. Paul's Bluegrass Juggernauts, Pocahontas County!!!! No stranger to the HMSF stage, PC wishes to welcome our new mandolin player, Eric Larson to the Festival fun. Now, this is why I love putting these shows together, the opportunity for creating rare, or one of a kind musical experiences. Here, again, veterans of the HMSF, Kim and Quillan Roe, leaders of the 331 club house band, the Roe Family Singers, will perform a rare duo set. This rare spectacle, which has become a HMSF tradition will begin a touch before 4pm. Capping off the second stage, a man who has deserved very little respect over his life, and who has gotten even less than that, another HMSF veteran, a Midway familiar, "Sneaky" Pete Bauer. "Sneaky" will be kicking out an extra long set of his trademark growl and groan starting at around 5pm.

Also happening at the second stage, Midway artist Lindsey Nyygard will be directing a live painting event featuring you!! That's right, we want a picture that was painted by the Hamline Midway Community and our friends. So make sure to swing over and have Lindsey get you a brush, and put your touch to the community canvas.

And, all of these musicians and more will be performing at the Turf Club (Univ. and Snelling) and the Dubliner Pub (Univ. and Vandalia) Sunday night, after the HMSF has wrapped up.

The wonderful folks down at the Midway YMCA are going to be out at the park as well. Here is a schedule of their day at Newell Park.

Midway YMCA Promotional Table:
1:00-4:00 (we will be there at 12:30 to set up) - We will have some face painting and carnival games (bean bag toss) happening at our table during the entirety of our time there. These, of course, are all free of charge.

Structured Youth Activities:
We will run three time blocks of structured games for kids in the field. We are targeting about a half hour for each. They all will be different activities, though I listed two as 'Field Games' - which will be comprised of most of tag-like games. That was the best thing I could think of to call them without confusing people about what would be happening.

Field Games at 1:30 - 2:00
Kickball at 2:30 - 3:00
Field Games at 3:30 - 4:00

Plenty more happening, over 45 items to bid on in the silent auction, all of them awesome. Art, fun, music, food, can't beat it!!!

I hear Zander is preparing his rib sauce now. Get ready, and remember to bring some WATER!!!

Be well,
Colin Anderson

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