Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dooryard Queen Street Marketplace plays host to vendors, live music

Local musicians from left: Josh Farrell, Cameron Corey, Zach
Greer, and Joe Clements.
Local band "Red Herring" includes, from left, Harry Teague,
Neal Hanson and Cameron Corey. Missing from photo: Joe
The following is a video of "Red Herring" performing an original song, Yellow Sun 

George Peabody sold some bulbs and garlic varieties at his
booth at the Queen Street Marketplace

The publishing firm Goose Lane also had a booth at the open
air marketplace
Artists also worked and sold pieces at the popular

Artist Katy Karnes, niece of locally renowned artist Catherine
Karnes Munn, worked hard to paint on a piece of canvas.
A large crowd braved the lackluster weather and attended
the marketplace on Saturday, August 11th.

Woodstock Mayor Art Slipp
Krissy's Place had a booth set up on the doorstep of the
popular restaurant
Dunroamin' Stray and Rescue also had a booth set up

Local woodcarver Kerry O'Toole carved some wooden ducks
at the marketplace. 
Carving wood takes great patience and skill.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dooryard begins with film showcase/contest, concerts in downtown

Dooryard Arts Festival volunteer and local military expert Aaron
Bouma, left, poses with Phil Hawkins, who oversees Films in the
Valley. Bouma was featured in the film Operation Patriot.
Phil Hawkins introduced the film festival, held at Connell House
on Wednesday, August 8th. Hawkins also gave periodic updates
between film showings. 
The following is a You Tube video of Phil Hawkins introducing the Dooryard Film Festival

Joe from the NB Nature Trust spoke prior to the showing of a film created by the nature trust in partnership with the provincial government.

Andrea Gatton appeared in the nature trust film, and spoke about her experience in the film prior to the showing.

Woodstock Deputy Mayor and Dooryard Arts Festival organizer
Amy Anderson spoke on behalf of the River Valley Arts Alliance.
Carleton County Historical Society executive director Kellie
Blue-McQuade served as bartender at the cash bar at Connell
Painting of the stage at the concert held at the corner of Main
and Queen Streets in downtown Woodstock
CJ 104 announcer Brad Perry chats with artist Sharon EP1C,
who painted the scene at the concert at the corner of Main and
Queen Streets.
Woodstock Mayor Art Slipp chats with town councillor Theresa
Blackburn and family while taking in the concert on the corner
of Main and Queen Streets.
Sharon EP1C painting the stage while Cedric Noel Motherhood
performs in the background
CJ 104 announcer Brad Perry chats with Ellen McKinley while
they sit comfortably in the back of the CJ 104 cruiser.
CJ 104 announcers Brad Perry and Caitlin Doucette pose with
the CJ 104 cruiser.
Cedric Noel Motherhood performed at the stage on the corner
of Main and Queen Streets on Wednesday, August 8th.
Here is some You Tube of Cedric Noel Motherhood's performance:

Phil Hawkins of Films in the Valley, along with local military expert Aaron Bouma and Films in the Valley member Charlie McCartney agreed to an interview with The Shiretown Blogger on the porch of Connell House after the film showcase. 

From left: Aaron Bouma and Phil Hawkins, along
with Charlie McCartney (standing in back) pose
for a photo with one of the columns at Connell House

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

RiVA staff, volunteers work hard to organize Dooryard festival

Dooryard Arts Festival volunteer Jason Wilson, left, and RiVA
summer student Jilly Hanson are among many volunteers who work
tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the Dooryard festival
goes without a hitch. Wilson and Hanson were working at the
festival office, located in Royal Plaza at the corner of Main and
Connell Streets in Woodstock's downtown.

Vacant lot in Woodstock's downtown being put to good use for Dooryard Arts Festival

The vacant lot at the corner of Main and Queen Streets in
downtown Woodstock is finally being used for something for
the Dooryard Arts Festival. A stage has been set up on the
former MacLauchlan Building location and several
performances will be held here during the Dooryard Arts Festival.

Art and music workshops in the Dooryard

The Dooryard Arts Festival will feature a wide variety of free and low-cost workshops for everyone to experience throughout this year's festival.

The River Valley Arts Alliance (RiVA) and the Dooryard Steering Committee are offering workshops which include hand drumming to mixed media art projects.

The workshops being offered as part of the 4th Annual Dooryard Arts Festival are as follows:

Ukulele for Everyone

Thursday, August 9th
2 pm (ages 6-12), 3:30 pm (ages 13 and over)
Picaroons Mainstage, King St10 people per session/$5 per participant
Emily Clark will be teaching beginner ukulele workshops for all ages. Bring your own ukulele or use one of the ukuleles provided for an hour-long session where you will learn to tune a ukulele and play the four most common chords. Music will be provided for students to keep. 

Songwriters Workshop 

Thursday, August 9th and Friday, August 10th
5 pm to 6:30 pm
Boardwalk Gazebo, King St.
15 people per session (ages 15 and over)/$5 per participant

Beginners and established songwriters are invited to participate in this workshop taught by Charlotte Cornfield. This workshop has two parts and will emphasize conceptual collection, following the idea and flow, allowing a melody and musical phrasing grow out of ideas, and achieving a balance between spontaneity and editing. 

African/Cuban Drumming

Saturday, August 11th
1 pm
Corner of Main and Queen St.
Open (ages 10 and over and adults welcome)/$5 per participant

Keith Mullins will be teaching participants how to play percussive rhythms from West Africa and Cuba. He also invites students to show off their skills later Saturday night at his performance. Some drums will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible. 

Mixed Media with Maps

Wednesday, August 8th
3 pm to 4:30 pm
Boardwalk Gazebo, King St.
10 people (ages 15 and over)/$5 per participant

Michael McEwing will teach participants how to create non-objective or abstract works of art using a variety of mixed media techniques. Maps will be used to help create ideas and will serve as a collage material in final images. Materials will be provided. 

Mixed Media Sculpture

Thursday, August 9th
3 pm to 4:30 pm
Boardwalk Gazebo, King St.
10 people (ages 10 and over)/$5 per participant

In this workshop, unexpected and everyday objects and materials will be manipulated and creating three-dimensional sculptures. Materials will be provided. 

Abstract Drawing

Friday, August 10th
3 pm to 4:30 pm
Boardwalk Gazebo, King St.
10 people (ages 15 and over)/$5 per participant

Adam Schriver will be teaching this workshop, which will focus on a fun technique of drawing and the idea of abstraction. Participants will be taught how to layer drawings with a technique similar to painting. The true capabilities of an eraser will also be taught, and participants will find that use of an eraser will help to add a softer quality to work. Materials will be provided. 

T-shirt Painting
Saturday, August 11th
9 am to 3 pm
Queen Street Marketplace
Drop in (all ages welcome)/Free (optional cost of Dooryard shirt)

Paint some of your own t-shirts or purchase a Dooryard t-shirt to paint at the t-shirt painting table, which will be set up at the Queen Street Marketplace on Saturday. All materials will be provided. 

Potato Printmaking 
(sponsored by Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery)
Saturday, August 11th
9 am to 3 pm
Queen Street Marketplace
Drop in (all ages welcome)/Free

Basic printmaking techniques will be taught at this workshop, along with how to make art from potatoes. Be creative and test your potato stamps on your festival shirts. Materials will be provided. 

Too Many Cooks
Saturday, August 11th
11 am to 4 pm
Picaroons Mainstage, King St.
Drop in (all ages welcome)/Free
The Too Many Cooks workshop has been a Dooryard festival favorite for four years. Come leave your mark on the large blank canvasses set up at the Picaroons Mainstage on Saturday. Music will be played all afternoon. Materials will be provided. 

Dooryard number four begins today

WOODSTOCK- The fourth annual Dooryard Arts Festival will begin in the Shiretown on Wednesday, August 8th (today).

Organized by the River Valley Arts Alliance (RiVA), the Dooryard festival is bigger and better in its fourth year.

A variety of veteran performers and artists are returning to New Brunswick's First Town this week, along with several who are making their first Dooryard appearances.

The vacant lot at the corner of Main and Queen Streets will finally be put to good use as a concert will be held there once every night.

The Cedric Noel Motherhood will be performing on the lot at 7 pm tonight. There will be no admission.

Three performers will also be providing entertainment at the Picaroons Mainstage on King Street on Wednesday evening. Tracy & The Hurtin Hearts, featuring Debec native Tracy Anderson, will be performing at 8:30 pm, along with Charlotte Cornfield and Rose Cousins.

The Dooryard Film Festival will return to the festival in 2012. It will take place at 7 pm at the Connell House tonight. There is no admission fee, but a cash bar is available.

The Best Western hotel will be hosting an event during the festival tomorrow night and Friday night at 6 pm, but the circumstances of the event were unavailable at posting time.

Starr Bishop and The Mountains & The Trees will be performing at the stage on the corner of Main and Queen Street Thursday night at 7 pm. There is no admission for any concerts at this location.

St. Luke's Anglican Church will play host to Gianna Lauren, the Paper Beat Scissors and Snailhouse at 7 pm tomorrow night. Admission is $15, with advance tickets being accepted only.

The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers and Gypsophilia will play at the Picaroons Mainstage on King Street at 9 pm Thursday night. Admission is $12 at the gate.

WiseCracker will be performing at Dooly's in downtown Woodstock at 11 pm tomorrow night as well, with an admission charge of $2. Admission is free with a mainstage bracelet.

On Friday, August 10th, Ingrid Gatin and Acres and Acres will be playing at the stage at the corner of Main and Queen Street beginning at 7 pm. There will be no admission.

ClassicART Ensemble and Derrick Paul Miller will entertain at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church at 7 pm on Friday night as well. Admission is $20.

Nick Everett & Everybody, The Paint Movement and Cadence Weapon will play at the Picaroons Mainstage on King Street at 9 pm on Friday night. Admission is $15.

The Beaters will be playing at Dooly's at 11 pm on Friday night, and admission is only $2.

The popular Queen Street Marketplace will be returning for the 2012 festival on Saturday, August 11th. The open-air market, which runs from 9 am to 3 pm, will feature dozens of artists, food vendors and live music. 

Queen Street Marketplace of 2011

Keith Mullins will be the final performer at the stage on the corner of Queen Street at 7 pm on Saturday night.

Julia Feltham, Carly Maicher and Julie Doiron will play at St. Luke's Anglican Church on Saturday night at 7 pm. Admission is $15, with advance tickets being accepted only.

Lonesome Jim, Chris Kirby & The Marquee will be performing at the Picaroons Mainstage at 9 pm on Saturday night, along with Perth-Andover native Matt Andersen. Admission is $25.

Also playing at the Picaroons Mainstage on Saturday night are The Mountain & The Trees, Kendra Gale, Jacklyn Reinhart Band, Tumba Sound and Transatlantic Zodiac Ensemble at 11 pm.

Facedown will help round out the 2012 Dooryard Arts Festival at 11 pm at Dooly's. Admission is $2.

A complete list of workshops and other things Dooryard will be posted in an upcoming post on The Shiretown Blogger. 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Popular rides return to Woodstock Old Home Week, along with a few new ones

The Scrambler

The Freak Out

Brothers Noah and Andrew Pike wait patiently to ride one of
the rides at the Campbell Amusements midway, a regular part
of Woodstock's Old Home Week celebrations.

The Musik Express, a new ride at Woodstock Old Home Week

Another new ride at Old Home Week

The bumper cars are a popular ride at the annual fair

The Zipper

One could see for miles at the top of the ferris wheel

The Bumble Bee Bop

The Columbus was also a new ride at the fair

The Berry-Go-Round

A variety of prizes could be won at the fairgrounds

Snow cones and slushies were among the treats
sold at the fair
The House of Mirrors

The swings

The Super Slide

Kayden Schriver, daughter of Derek and Sheri Schriver of
Rosedale, slides down the Super Slide with a large speed burst

Scott Dunlop cleans himself up after taking a pie from his fellow
"Fool" Andrew Garnett at the pie auction, a new feature at
Old Home Week

Brent Clark waits to take a pie at the Old Home Week Pie Auction

Shelbe Wasson was the lucky one who threw the pie. Her father,
Peter, bid $25 for the pie in the pie auction

Brent Clark wiping the whipped cream off his face

A variety of animals can be seen every year in the livestock building

Waiting to ride the roller coaster

The CJ 104 prize cruiser was on hand at the fairgrounds regularly