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Clydefest III will feature Clyde Jones, ABC Arts, and Barbeque

By Efrain A. Ramirez Jr.
Posted Friday, June 18, 2004

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Whether you enjoy it as a music festival with folk artists, or a folk-art festival with live music, the third annual "ClydeFest", set for June 19 near Silk Hope, offers outdoor fun (and barbecue) for all ages. This all-day extravaganza honors Clyde Jones, the widely acclaimed Bynum folk artist, who will bring hundreds of two dimensional wooden animal cut-outs for kids to paint, decorate and take home as souvenirs.

The latest news is that Clyde and artist Peter Loose will arrive in a special "Clyde Mobile", a folk-art masterpiece on wheels that will be on exhibit at the festival for your gawking pleasure. After painting with the youngsters all day, Clyde will rev up his trusty chain saw at about 4 p.m. and create another one-of-a-kind, three dimensional Clyde Critter to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Clyde Critters, those whimsical animal figures he crafts from fallen trees and found objects, have been shown far and wide, including at the Great Wall of China, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, and the N.C. Art Museum in Raleigh. Although, there seem to be hundreds in Clyde's hilltop backyard, they can only be obtained through charitable raffles and auctions.

The ClydeFest will also feature other well known local and regional folk artists, five excellent music groups, antics by Willie the Clown, and a Jumping Castle for the kids. The festivities take place Saturday June 19, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 *Shakori Hills* Farm Festival Site, 1419 Henderson Tanyard Road near Silk Hope, in beautiful, rural Chatham County (Rain date: June 20.)

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for Chatham Arts members, $2 for children under 12, and free for infants. For information, artists details, and directions please log on to the ChathamArts website or telephone (919) 542-0394.

Other folk artists selling their work at the ClydeFest are: Nan Baldauf, Tom Blunt, Carolyn Carroll, Victoria Cleveland, Forrest Greenslade, Frank Holder, Ramona Hotel & Hellhound, James Johnson, Tim and Lisa Klutz, Peter Loose, Doris Mathes, Karen McClamrock, Deborah McCloud, Eric and Suzanne Pace, Brenda Patterson, Patricia Reil, Richard Sinclair, and Monnda Welch.

The music lineup features: Trilogy (swing and folk), the Tony Galiani Band (jazz), the Maudlin Brothers (old timey/bluegrass), Saludos Compay (Latin), and the Off the Road Band (jug band and rock n roll).

Refreshments for sale include: Carolina barbecue, vegetarian dishes and trimmings from * The Barbecue Joint * (voted Best Barbecue Experience in the Triangle by The Independent news weekly), as well as fresh ice cream from * Maple View Dairy * and plenty of sweets from the * Dessert Diva *. You can also support local community organizations by visiting these booths at the ClydeFest: Chatham County Together, Chatham Marketplace, the Community Independent School, and the Girl Scouts.

The ClydeFest is co-sponsored by Chatham Arts, Crook's Corner of Chapel Hill and Captain John Dockside at Cole Park Plaza, in Chatham County.

The festival poster featuring Clyde Jones art was designed by *Janet Place * and printed by * Barefoot Press *. Proceeds from the festival benefit Chatham Arts, your local arts council in Chatham County,
supporting and presenting the arts & artists of Chatham through the schools, the ChathamArts gallery in Pittsboro, the forthcoming 13th annual "Studio Tour", and other arts events featured throughout the year in Chatham County.

Bring lawn chairs & blankets. Dress the children in painting clothes

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