For the third year in a row I can, with a true sense of joy, announce another Girl-a-Thon.Once again organizer Gwen Harris has put together an incredible lineup of musicians, guests and sponsors to support this fine fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Gwen proudly reports GAT made the top 25 in Illinois for groups raising funds for and awareness of breast cancer, and this year adds another interesting donation-getting twist to the event.
Her granddaughter made a paper doll named “Courageous Kaydie” and folks are encouraged to take a photo with Kaydie, make a donation and send the photo to the GAT Facebook page. Not only is Kaydie making trips now to Indiana and New Jersey for more money-gathering photo-ops, she’s also been seen among the halls of Congress as Senator Dick Durbin participated with a photo and donation. A doll went to President Obama with expectations a photo from Barack will arrive shortly. Amazing things happen when attempts are made and actions accomplished.
The band lineup remains the same from last year featuring Tina Thornhill, Janet Morris, Gwen Harris, Caprice Sidener, Patty Kniss and Kyla Kruse. Special playing and singing guests include Jessie Dooley, Kaydie Mosley, Laura Thornhill, Maddie Brown, Heather Mundhenke, Alexia Blakeman, Tammy Ushman, Cassie Riech, The Fight Club, Sassy Mammas and a day and a wake up with Amie Meneghetti from COOL-FM as 2012’s emcee, plus two more bands, Powerhouse and a Midnight Rush.
Special fundraising items for this year include a pink Fender electric guitar signed by Bret Michaels (of Poison fame and beyond), a pair of pink boxing gloves signed by Bret Michaels and Tattoo Tony, items autographed by Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick and some very special keys made by Keys To My Castle out of California by Butch’s sister, Lilly. Sponsored overall by T. D. Electric and supported by several other local businesses, GAT continues to grow as a fundraiser and fun time through the hard work and thoughtful contributions of many vital volunteers and participating partners. Congratulations to Gwen and all involved in this exciting and worthwhile event that adds greatly to the goodness and decency quotient of our community.
’Tis the season for the last flurry of fall festivals as the cool weather approaches with seasonal constancy. Visit the newly wrought Clayville Folk Music and Art Festival this Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. as the fest returns after 25 years to the restored and revived Clayville Historic Site straight out Jefferson Street about 12 miles west of Veterans Parkway. This first year consists of mostly singer-songwriter types with a few acoustic groups and duos, all set up to deliver fine folk music in an outdoor listening environment, along with many area artists displaying works. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, a picnic basket full of goodies and come on out.
Next weekend brings the famed Indian Summer Festival to Lincoln Memorial Garden on Saturday and Sunday through the morning and afternoon hours. This long-running affair has been around for years with music and art spread over hill and dale, vale and woods in the most-lovely setting around. The new kid in town hits the streets of Springfield next Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to midnight as Roktoberfest settles in near Seventh and Washington streets. Featuring live local bands with Murder of Crowes starting the show, a genuine German oompa group and a Miss Roktoberfest contest, plus food and BEER!, the event is the latest and likely last, downtown festival of 2012.
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