“Travel Around the World,” is the theme of Kirkwood‘s Greentree Festival.
A parade, a kids’ day, canine contests, folklife artisans and re-enactors and more than 180 arts and crafts booths highlight the event.
The festival includes a special area where folklife artisans dressed in period costumes give visitors an opportunity for visitors to experience life as it was in the 1700s and 1800s. Visitors will see how how baskets and blankets were woven by hand, how chairs were created from tree limbs and how cast iron was forged to create tools. The artisans also sell their wares. Many food vendors participate in the folklife presentation, and the Missouri Fiddlers give visitors a taste of early American musical styles.
Festival hours are 5-10 p.m., Friday; 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday.
The event kicks off tonight with food and information booths open from 5-10 p.m. in Kirkwood Park, at the corner of Geyer Road and Adams Avenue. However, no arts and crafts booths will be not be open tonight. A wine garden will be open also from 5-10 p.m. tonight.
6 p.m., Kids’ Dog Show
6:30-9:30 p.m., Fabulous Motown Revue Concert
7:30 p.m., Friskies Canine Frisbee Contest
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., food, information booths and arts and crafts booths
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Folklife Artisans & Re-Enactors
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Greentree Book Fair
10 a.m., Greentree Festival Parade
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kids’ Day
noon-7 p.m., Missouri Fiddlers
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wine Garden
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Classic Car Show
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Food, information and arts and crafts booths
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Folklife Artisans
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Greentree Book Fair
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Missouri Fiddlers (Gospel Music from 10 a.m. to noon)
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kirkwood Kup Sailboat Regatta
Noon-5 p.m., Wine Garden
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Kid’s Day
Check out all the Greentree Festival events.
The 11-day second annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival continues this week in St. Louis.
On tap: workshops events with local experts who will share their knowledge, perspective and playing techniques with attendees, a “Blues Cruise” through the streets of Soulard
and the Second Annual Blues Awards.
- Harp Workshop, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 at Off Broadway at Lemp and Broadway. Fee: $8. Adam Andrews of the Bottoms Up Blues Gang hosts the workshop that will also feature Sandy Weltman, Eric McSpadden, and Rockin Jake . They will teach their own unique style of playing the harmonica. An Allstar Jam Session follows the workshop. Participants should bring their own harps to get the most out of the night.
- Guitar Workshop, 7-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups. Fee: $10. Rich McDonough, Tom Hall, Tom Maloney, and Mike Newman will give lessons in slide, blues rock, and Americana blues.
The “Blues Cruise” is set to “sail” through the streets of Soulard making its way between 10 legendary venues where visitors can catch performances by some of the best Blues bands in the country. Purchase a wristband ($10 each per night) at any participating club and for access to the shuttles and all the shows for one low price. The “cruise” is from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The second annual Saint Louis Bluesweek Awards will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 at Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop. The event is free to attend. Honoree: Chuck Berry who will receive the St. Louis Blues Society Life Time Achievement Award. Other St. Louis Blues legends will receive awards in various categories.
If you love blues, this weekend’s for you.
As part of the 11-day second annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival, you can hear (and watch) some of the biggest names in blues today perform for free on Washington Avenue at 6th Street.
Here’s Friday’s schedule:
- 6 p.m., Country Road Blues: Tom Hall & Boss Hall
- 7 p.m., Uptown Blues: Stacy Mitchhart Band with Renee Smith & Skeet Rodgers
- 8:30 p.m., River City Blues: Mike Zito Band with Marquise Knox
- 10 p.m. Deep Blues: Silvercloud & Big George Brock
- 2 p.m., Jazz Masters, Willie Akins, Dave Black, Kevin Gianino, Marc Torlina, Peter Schlamb, Erika Johnson, Keith Moyer
- 3:30 p.m., Sax and Soul: Jim Stevens, Anita Rosamond backed by Good 4 The Soul
- 5 p.m., : Rockin Rhythm & Blues: Eric “Guitar” Davis, Alvin Jett, Billy Barnett, Big Mike Aguirre
- 6:30 p.m.: Barbara Carr, Boo Boo Davis, David Dee backed by the Soulard Blues Band
- 8 p.m., St. Louis Kings of Rhythm: Brian Casserli, Eric McSpadden, Sandy Weltman, Rich McDonough & the St. Louis Social Club
- 9:30 p.m., Marsha Evans, Roland Johnson, Vince Martin, Amos Brewer backed by The Coalition.
The Festival is only one event in a series of blues events that kicked off with a Blues Society Cocktail Reception last night.
Other events include :
- An All Star Blues Brunch Sunday
- A Blues history panel discussion Monday
- Blues workshops Wednesday and Thursday
- The Soulard Blues Cruise next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3 (two nights/10 bars/20 bands; a $10 wristband get you into all the bars and on the shuttles)
- The second annual Blues Awards, Sunday, Sept. 4
See a complete schedule of events.
Maplewood’s serving up a heaping helping of art tonight at the 6th annual Let Them Eat Art festival.
On tap: live music, art, belly dancing, hoop dancing, top spinning, a fire shooting ice truck and more. The action takes place from Southwest to Manchester to Sutton to Big Bend.
Here’s what to expect:
- Live music featuring the Zydeco Crawdaddys
- Live music featuring Power Play Band at PNC Bank (2211 S. Big Bend).
- Even more live music with Elliot Ranney with his group Panacea, Jane Godfrey, Terri Langerak performing acoustic numbers from Classical music to Jazz to Latin style music at shops and restaurants along the event route.
- Still more live music with buskers from the Folk School of St. Louis
- A public art unveiling with Firecracker Press
- A film screening of Bill Boll’s “Built for Speed” about the infamous Coral Court Motor Inn, courtesy of Cinema St. Louis
- Hoop dance performances with the St. Louis Hoop Club
- Opening night for FRESH 2011: Student Photography Show at Studio Altius (2301 S. Big Bend).
- Live art demonstrations
- Dream interpretation
- Face painting with Impish Grin
- Mad Science super ball making
- Belly dancing
- Pre-party festivities at Saint Louis Cellars (2640 S. Big Bend) starting at 5 p.m.
See a list of participating artists.