4th Friday Culture Crawl
Another 4th Friday Culture Crawl is almost upon us. Once again we will be closing down James Street from 4pm on Friday June 22ndto bring you music, entertainment, art and artisans.
On the music front we have something for every one. We start the evening at 6.30 with The Chatham Kent Mountaineers. Formed four years ago The Mountaineer sound focuses primarily on Celtic, Irish and Canadian East Coast influences, in addition to one of its main functions as Irish beer-drinking music. Those who enjoy bands like Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, Young Dubliners and the Dropkick Murphys as well as the more traditional music of the Maritimes are sure to enjoy the high energy shows the Mountaineers have become renowned for. The Mountaineers rarely end a show without most of the crowd up dancing and singing along — crowd participation is strongly encouraged.
They will be playing for two hours, but during their break we are excited to welcome a young man from Charing Cross. Jake Fancy who is 16. Jake plays acoustic guitar, and lists his musical influences as Brad Paisley and Eric Church……..and his uncle. I recently saw him play at the Kinsmen Fair in Chatham, and I am sure he will entertain you.
And then, a bit of a change for us here in Wallaceburg, but a huge Wallaceburg welcome to Charlie Burgess. Charlie (AKA L.C.) is an upcoming singer, rapper, song writer, and performer and hails from Chatham. Charlie has made a push in his music career creating many online music videos and releasing a large amount of free music for his fans. Earlier this year Charlie released his debut Album “Best in the City” which is on iTunes and more. I cannot get over the fact that some of his Youtube videos have between 10,000 and 20,000 hits
Currently Charlie is working on a Playasville Album with 100% of the beats/instrumental music created by Playasville Entertainment producer/manager James Browning.
But we haven’t forgotten everything else. At the Wallaceburg museum they will be open for the evening with free admission, and in the art gallery the show is ‘Art not as Usual’ by Hugo Ramos, who lives in Wallaceburg. and is well known to culture buffs.
Many of your old favourites will be back like East River Pottery and Threads and Things by Margaret, whose sari silk creations have made is as far as a fashion designer in Texas. Rumour has it she has been yarn bombing……….Google it.
One of our youngest 4th Friday’s participants will be displaying her photography skills. Stop by and say hello to “Little Miss Shutterbug”. Lauren has been discovering some lovely landscapes right here in Wallaceburg.
Margaret Anne McKichan is a stained glass artist who is fascinated by colour and wants to share this in pieces large or small. She works from her home studio but has taught classes at the Pine Coffer and more recently at Artifacts Plus in Petrolia. One of her larger works can be found in Port Lambton United church.
We are pleased to welcome Bev Matthews who designs and makes high quality jewelry. Stone pendants wrapped in seed beads (leather backing) or wrapped in silver. Also, bracelets out of non tarnish silver colored wire made of precious stones and vintage crystal.
And of course we will have fun for the kids, and dancing and singing, so come and be entertained. it is all free. The weather forecast for Friday is sunny and a high of 25c, so it should be a great evening.
Many thanks to our friends at 99.1CKXS who will be hosting the proceedings on stage, and for their continued support.
I nearly forgot to mention. I will have my King Canvassback Kayak there. Built four years ago from plans published in Practical Mechanix in 1955. This boat is easy to use, cheap to make, and a great project for the whole family. A great way to see the C-K rivers and water systems, get some exercise, and observe nature peacefully.
See you there!