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Kids Activities and Ghost Stories at the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival

The Fourth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival is coming up soon. The festival is part of the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days week-end, Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, 2018, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming. The Festival program includes a robust line-up of activities for the whole family, along with Wyoming’s own artists, craftsmen, musicians, storytellers, artisan and guild members demonstrations.

“There will be a variety of art and music activities for kids and the whole family to choose from on both days”, according to Festival Committee head Toddi Darlington. “You can pick up a schedule at the Festival and find exact times and locations”. Activities on Saturday include Sun Fabric art and owl rock painting in the Kids Being Creative Activity Tent plus the Color Thermopolis Mural, roping, and a singalong with “V, the Gypsy Cowbelle with handmade instruments on The Green. The Buffalo Steel Drum band will be playing too. Ghost Stories at The Pavilion start around 7:30pm, after the Pageant.

On Sunday, there will be additional activities in the Kids Being Creative Activity Tent, including Sallie Wesaw and Friends with hands-on iris basket making. Plus there will be demonstrations and storytelling on both days around the Festival that will be for the whole family to enjoy. Food will be available both days.

The festival is part of the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days week-end. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were transferred to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting at 6pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening and is free and open to the public. T-Shirts for both the Folk Festival and the Pageant are available to buy in advance at Thermopolis Print Zone/Discover Thermopolis, 521 Broadway.

The Big Horn Basin Folk Festival is open to the public without charge. It is sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis International and Hot Springs State Park with support from National Endowment of the Arts, Wyoming Arts Council, IMtour, Wyoming Independent Music Initiative and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism. Additional support is from Hot Springs County Education Endowment, Las Fuentes, Thrivent Financial and Pinnacle Bank.

Contact bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com for more details.

Big Horn Basin Folk Festival Opportunities – Last Call for Artist, Vendor, and Food Vendor Spaces

BHBFF committee with T-Shirt (photo by Levi Shinkle)

The Fourth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, 2018, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.  There is still time to sign up to participate as an artist or vendor or food purveyor.  The Festival attracts large local and tourist crowds.

The Festival program already includes a robust line-up of Wyoming’s own artists, craftsmen, musicians, storytellers, artisan and guild members demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the whole family.  Supported in part by a grant from thinkWY | Wyoming Humanities, a new feature at this year’s Festival is “Pioneer Tales: Memories of the Past” on Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Hot Springs County Pioneer Association.  Ghost Tales on Saturday evening at the Pavilion is another new event this year.

The Kiwanis Craft Fair and Trading Post will include items for sale as well as the Food Court and both will be open on Saturday and Sunday.  Interested vendors are encouraged to contact Linda Herrin jandlherr@rtconnect.net  as soon as possible to sign up for space.

The festival is part of the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days week-end. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were transferred to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting at 6pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening and is free and open to the public.   T-Shirts for both the Folk Festival and the Pageant are available to buy in advance at Thermopolis Print Zone/Discover Thermopolis, 521 Broadway.

The Big Horn Basin Folk Festival is open to the public without charge. It is sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis International and Hot Springs State Park with support from National Endowment of the Arts, Wyoming Arts Council, IMtour, Wyoming Independent Music Initiative and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism. Additional support is from Hot Springs County Education Endowment, Las Fuentes, Thrivent Financial and Pinnacle Bank.

Contact Linda Herrin jandlherr@rtconnect.net or  bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com for more details.

2018 Big Horn Basin Folk Festival adds Pioneer Tales and Ghost Stories

The Fourth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, 2018, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.

The Festival celebrates the handwork and creativity of Wyoming’s own artists, craftsmen, musicians and storytellers. It includes musicians performing at the Pavilion, a Fine Art and Folk-Art Show, the Trading Post with additional items for sale, a Folk Master Craftsmen Tent, artisan and guild demonstrations, the Hear Me Now Storytelling Circle, and hands-on activities for kids.  New this year to the storytelling line-ups are “Pioneer Tales: Memories of the Past” on Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Hot Springs County Pioneer Association and Ghost Tales on Saturday evening at the Pavilion.

Oral histories have been called “the first kind of history”.  Stories from the Next Generation will feature anecdotes and even some tall tales reflecting continued family histories, interesting incidents and natural occurrences, all types of accounts that tie the Big Horn Basin community together.  Everyone has a story and now’s the time to tell it!  Next Generation storytellers include Ray Shaffer, Matt Brown, Carol Ann Barham, John Lumley, Lois Odde, Tyrell Mills, Rick Hudson, and Walt Geis.  Other storytellers who will be spinning their tales at the Hear Me Now Storytelling Circle on Saturday and Sunday include Michelle King (Basin); “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle (Thermopolis), Jeb Schenck (Thermopolis), Willie LeClair  (Riverton), Catherine Ringler (Clark) and Val Burgess (Sheridan).

Saturday evening after the Pageant, listen to Ghost Tales, at the Pavilion, if you are brave enough.  Michelle King, Ray Shaffer, Monica Butler will share stories in the dark that may make your hair curl.  Hot Springs County Museum staff will talk about ghostly occurrences in the Museum.  Beware, some stories might frighten younger children.

The Folk Masters Craftsmen Tent, sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council, will house Folk Masters and crafts men and women demonstrating their specialties.  The roster at this date includes  Leane Linnell (Riverton), horsehair hitching; Darrell & Koleton Lonebear (Fort Washakie), rawhide drum making; Von Ringler (Clark), leatherwork, Wild West Rug Hookers (Cody), Worland Wyoming Woodturners, (Worland), woodturning; Russ Ferree and Ray Ferree (Thermopolis), handmade mountain man items; Mike Chimenti & Howard Palmer, basic fly tying (Thermopolis)  David Osmunden (Buffalo), Arrowhead Forge; Pete Weisbeck (Thermopolis), boat making; and Joe Moon (Thermopolis), spray paint art.  Shorter demonstrations throughout both days include Jennifer Taylor (Worland), goat soap making; Hope Abeyta (Riverton), native bead work; Stephanie Owens (Thermopolis), polymer clay sculptures and lampwork beads; Mike Hurwitz (Alta), how to make music; and Brenda Winter (Cheyenne), goat cashmere weaving.

A Kiwanis Fine Art and Folk Art show and sale will feature artists selling their ware made of paper, clay, metal, fibers, wood, leather and animal byproducts, along with painting, photography, jewelry, and sculpture.  The Kiwanis Trading Post will include other items for sale.

Art activities include Sallie Wesaw basket making class; a Sun Fabric make-and-take with Marcia Nelson and Deb Stewart; an owl rock painting make-and-take with Cindy Clancy; a singalong with “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle and handmade instruments; and lessons in how to rope a steer head with John Herrin.

Musicians scheduled to perform at the Hot Springs State Park Pavilion include David Romtvedt & The Fireants (Buffalo), dance music of the Americas, “V”, the Gypsy Cowbelle, (Thermopolis), traditional & original country, banjo & guitar; Mike Hurwitz & The Aimless Drifters, (Alta), country-blues and cowboy; Hot Springs Dance (Thermopolis & Worland), dance performance; Buffalo Pan Steel Drums (Buffalo); and The Songbirds (Thermopolis) spiritual and gospel music.

Author! Author!  Hot Springs County Friends of the Library and Hot Springs County Museum & Cultural Center will host a special tent for Wyoming Authors. Come and meet authors David Romtvedt, John Davis and Darrah Perez and get your books signed. Other Wyoming Authors books will be available.

Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday.  Black Bear Catering will feature Philly steak sandwiches; chicken fingers; and nachos as a fundraiser for the Festival on Sunday.  A Food Court will feature a variety of eats and treats on both days.

The Folk Festival is part of the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days Weekend.   The Pageant tells how the hot springs were gifted to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting around 6 pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening.

Contact bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com for specific inquiries.