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Kids of all ages can act, sing, dance, paint and clown at ClydeFest

Posted Friday, April 14, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC -- The fifth annual ClydeFest, honoring Bynum chainsaw artist Clyde Jones, will focus on fun activities for the whole family, Saturday April 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children of all ages can act, sing, dance, paint and create glass mosaics with local artists and performers.

Festivities take place at the Chatham County Fairgrounds off of U.S. 64 east in Pittsboro. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for ChathamArts members and $2 for children under 12; infants free. Refreshments will be for sale. For information: ChathamArts, (919) 542-0394, info@chathamarts.org, www.chathamarts.org

Children will enjoy painting plywood animal cut-outs with Clyde Jones and creating a mural with folk artist Peter Loose. Kids will also be able to sing and act with award-winning “Millworker” director Ellen Bland and her student theatre group. Glass fusion artist Leslie Fesperman will be on hand to invite kids to create glass mosaics, and Roger Valente will entertain festival goers of all ages with their storytelling talents.

ClydeFesters can also learn new dance steps from the Northwood High School Dance Ensemble and the Anchorettes Step Troupe. Kids can ride in the Clyde Mobile, goof around with UBI the clown, paint faces with the Northwood High School Student Art Club, compete in marble shooting contests and participate in a range of other fun activities sponsored by the Chatham Partnership for Children.

During ClydeFest V, Jones will present one of his chain saw creations to Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller, to be displayed on town property as part of ChathamArts’ Public Art Project.

As always, near the end of the afternoon, Jones will create an original “Clyde Critter” from a fallen cedar tree, to be auctioned to the highest bidder, with proceeds to benefit ChathamArts, the nonprofit arts council.

ClydeFest is an annual outdoor festival to honor Jones, an award-winning self-taught folk artist living in Bynum. His chainsaw critters have been exhibited all over the world. Though they are not for sale, he often gives them away to friends; they can be seen in yards all over Bynum, at local eateries and at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh.

ClydeFest is sponsored by ChathamArts, which supports arts in the schools, promotes the work of local artists through a Pittsboro gallery and sponsors a range of arts events and performances throughout the year. Co-sponsors include the Town of Pittsboro, Chatham Partnership for Children, J. Henry Hardware, Captain John’s Dockside Seafood and Crook’s Corner. Food vendors include the BBQ Joint, Logo Bottled Water, McDuffie Concessions and Scurlock’s Catering. Nonprofits participating in the festival include the Orange/Chatham Autism Society, the Haw River Assembly, Chatham Marketplace and the YMCA.

 
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