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Annual ChathamArts ClydeFEST celebrates legendary folk artist Clyde Jones

By Molly Matlock
Posted Sunday, April 11, 2010

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Bynum, NC – The ninth annual ChathamArts ClydeFEST celebrating legendary folk artist Clyde Jones promises a full day of fun and games, food and music. Festivities are set for Saturday April 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Clydeville at the Bynum Ballpark, just around the corner from Jones’ famous backyard full of cedar giraffes, alligators, deer, rabbits and other chain saw “critters.” Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Adult tickets include a chance to win a Clyde Critter. Bynum is located off of U.S. 15-501 between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.

While the self-taught artist’s works have been exhibited all over the world, and are on display all over Bynum, they are not for sale. Jones makes them available for charity auctions, and he’ll create one on the spot to auction off to the highest bidder at ClydeFest, with proceeds benefitting ChathamArts, the county’s nonprofit arts council.

As always, children will paint and glitter Clyde’s wooden animal cut-outs (butterflies, turtles, penguins and more) made especially to be taken home as signed souvenirs. Joining Jones in the artfully decorated ClydeMobile will be his buddy, Georgia folk artist Peter Loose, with his pet African tortoises.

The ClydeFEST stage will feature live music by Tommy Edwards and Friends, Sandbox, the Northwood High School Jazz Band, Dan the Magic Man, and Girls Rock North Carolina.

The Durham Symphony Orchestra will present a musical petting zoo and Can-Tr will have a pony on-site. The Abundance Foundation will explain how to make compost with worms and the Bynum Community Garden will show the kids how to grow vegetables. You can also learn about the Haw River Assembly and Friends of Pittsboro Library, among other participants.

What’s more, the Chatham County Schools Young Authors Award winners (to be named April 13) will read from their creative writing.

Ubi the Clown will hand out spontaneously sculpted balloon hats and toys. Kids can enjoy tic-tac-toe with tires and flowers, face painting, storytelling, hula hooping, magicians, fortune tellers, and be entertained by face painters, stiltwalkers, storytellers and more!

You won’t go hungry. The Immaculate Baking Company will create giant cookies shaped like Clyde Critters, which the kids can decorate.

There will be plenty of refreshments for sale by the Barbecue Joint, Chatham Marketplace, Liberacion Juice Station and Barney's Hot Dogs.

Proceeds will benefit ChathamArts, the county nonprofit arts council, 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.

For more information: 919-542-0394, (Rain date: April 18.)

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