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July 15, 2019 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2019

For more information: Linda Herrin, jandlherr@rtconnect.net or bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com

BIG HORN BASIN FOLK FESTIVAL IN HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK FIRST WEEK-END IN AUGUST ANNOUNCES MUSIC PERFORMANCES LINEUP

The Fifth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2019, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.

The music lineup for the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival brings a multitude of talent to the Pavilion stage in Hot Springs State Park on both Saturday and Sunday.  There will be performances, including dancing, from roughly 11am to 5:30pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5:30pm on Sunday.

Saturday, MC’ed by Drew Brown who heads music and choir for our schools, has shaped up with Dan Haley (Worland) who performs blues and other favorites; and Dr. Mongo (Thermopolis), with his eclectic covers.  Harold Hutson (Thermopolis) and friends will also take the stage.  Nikole Wohlmacher (Lander), a regular host of country western swing dancing, will perform and teach.  And members of the Wyoming Chapter of the International Western Music Association (IWMA) will be on board to perform.  This will include members “V”, The Gypsy Cowbelle (Thermopolis) a familiar face and the organizer of the members who are participating.  They are Jerry Bell (Riverton), a longtime Wyoming cowboy and lover of music & cowboy poetry; Almeda Bradshaw (Huntley, MT), who has performed at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for over two decades; John Sidle (Jackson) who features classic ‘40s and ‘50s western tunes from the movies and Tin Pan Alley, as well as the best of our contemporary cowboy singer/songwriters; and Ramblin’ Rangers (Hot Springs, SD), Brad and BonnieJo Exton, former Forest and Park Rangers, who share songs and lore of the West.

An equally exciting Sunday lineup, MC’ed by our own Eric Kay, wearer of many hats in our schools, will bring back members of the Wyoming Chapter of the IWMA “V”, the Gypsy Cowbelle, Almeda Bradshaw, John Sidle and Ramblin’ Rangers.  The Songbirds (Thermopolis) will share their renditions of  spiritual and gospel music.  Connie Dover (Sunshine Basin) will take the stage, with her Scots, Irish and American traditional ballads.  And we will have more Western Swing Dancing with Nikole Wohlmacher.  Harold Hutson and Friends will entertain again.  We may be lucky and get MC Eric Kay to perform.  Our own John Brooks, Silvertip Digital Sound Reinforcement, will provide the sound system.

The festival is open to the public without charge. Sponsors include the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis, and Hot Springs State Park with support from, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Pinnacle Bank, Las Fuentes, Big Horn Federal, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.

Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Thermopolis Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday and a Food Court will feature a variety of eats on both Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were given 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 or visit wyomingfolkfestival.com .  Applications for vendor space in the Kiwanis Art Fair and the Trading Post can be downloaded from the festival website.  Applications will be accepted through July 27, 2019

Note:  Performers lineup is subject to change.  A more detailed roster of artists, performers, and programs will be published closer to the event.

July 8, 2019 Press Release

BIG HORN BASIN FOLK FESTIVAL IN HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK FIRST WEEK-END IN AUGUST CELEBRATES HERSTORY AND YEAR OF THE WYOMING WOMAN WITH STORYTELLING
The Fifth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2019, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.
As part of the state-wide celebration of the Year of Wyoming Women-the 150th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, The Storytelling Circle at the Festival will present amazing stories about “Women in Herstory”. They will showcase Wyoming women’s special place in the history of the Big Horn Basin region and our state. Storytellers will focus on narratives and skits about women who settled Wyoming and women who contributed to the growth of our state through politics, medicine, homesteading, and as entrepreneurs. A story or two may even be told about female outlaws and other ruffians! Storytelling takes on a bit of a twist Saturday night with the telling of ghost stories beginning around 7:30pm (after the Gift of the Waters Pageant). Jonathan Gottschall, an American literary scholar specializing in literature and evolution, wrote: “We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” A good concept to keep in mind when we listen to the ghost stories!
The raconteurs and fabulists will be coming from Clark, Basin, Cody, Riverton and Thermopolis. Several will present in costumes created by Suzi Sellers from Clark. We may even hear from “Lilian Heath”, who was the first woman physician in the state of Wyoming and one of the first to practice medicine west of the Mississippi River. She is notorious for having used the top of the skull of outlaw Big Nose George Parrott as a doorstop and pen jar. Several Speech and Debate team members from the High School will also share their narrative talents during the day. Added to the schedule this year will be Children’s Story Hour, each day, with interactive stories for children.
The festival is open to the public without charge. Sponsors include the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis, and Hot Springs State Park with support from, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Pinnacle Bank, Las Fuentes, Big Horn Federal, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.
Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Thermopolis Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday and a Food Court will feature a variety of eats on both Saturday and Sunday.
The festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were given 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 or visit wyomingfolkfestival.com . Applications for vendor space in the Kiwanis Art Fair and the Trading Post can be downloaded from the festival website. Applications will be accepted through July 27, 2019
Note: A more detailed roster of artists, performers, and programs will be published closer to the event.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2019

For more information: Linda Herrin, jandlherr@rtconnect.net or bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com

 

BIG HORN BASIN FOLK FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THE YEAR OF THE WYOMING WOMAN AND HERSTORY, ALONG WITH CELEBRATING ARTISTS, CRAFTSMEN, MUSICIANS, AND STORYTELLERS

The Fifth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2019, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.

The Festival celebrates the creativity and handwork of Wyoming’s own storytellers, artists, craftsmen, and musicians. It includes musicians performing at the Pavilion, a Fine Art and Folk Art Show, the Kiwanis Trading Post with additional items for sale, a Folk Master Craftsmen Tent, artisan and guild demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids.  As part of the state-wide celebration of the Year of Wyoming Women-the 150th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, The Storytelling Circle will present “Women in Herstory”.

The festival is open to the public without charge. Sponsors include the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis, and Hot Springs State Park with support from, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Pinnacle Bank, Las Fuentes, Big Horn Federal, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.

As part of the declaration announcing 2019 the ’Year of Wyoming Women,’ Diane Shober, executive director of Wyoming Office of Tourism, described Wyoming as “the home of many firsts for women in the country and the world.  Determination, resiliency and the pioneering spirit is built into the DNA of the West, so it’s no surprise to me that the strong women of Wyoming helped to pave the way for women’s suffrage”.

The Storytelling Circle at the Festival showcases Wyoming women’s special place in the history of the Big Horn Basin region and our state. The Storytellers will focus on narratives and skits about women who settled Wyoming and women who contributed to the growth of our state through politics, medicine, homesteading, and as entrepreneurs. A story or two may even be told about female outlaws and other ruffians! Storytelling takes on a bit of a twist Saturday night with the telling of ghost stories beginning around 7:30pm (after the Gift of the Waters Pageant).

Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center will host a special tent featuring Wyoming authors and stories about Wyoming.  The Folk Masters Craftsmen Tent will feature skilled individuals dedicated to passing on their art and craft to others.  Some are family members; others are talented dedicated individuals who show promise of carrying on the traditions.

Folk Masters and crafts men and women who will be demonstrating will include old favorites and new faces.  The same goes for the musicians performing in the Hot Springs State Park Pavilion.  New this year will be performances by Wyoming members of the International Western Music Association.

The Demonstrators’ Circle features hands-on family friendly activities such as playing handmade musical instruments, working with clay, creating items from leather, weaving and how to rope.   Additional new “For the Kids” activities include Michelle King, a master storyteller and an officer of the National Storytellers Guild, working with young attendees to engage them in the art of storytelling. The youth will be given stage time to tell their stories.  There will also be a children’s story time segment each day.

Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Thermopolis Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday and a Food Court will feature a variety of eats on both Saturday and Sunday.

A Kiwanis Fine Art and Folk Art show and sale will have items made of paper, clay, metal, fibers, wood, leather and animal byproducts. Other vendor art will be paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture.  The Kiwanis Trading Post will include other arts and crafts for sale.

The festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were given 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 or visit wyomingfolkfestival.com .  Applications for vendor space in the Kiwanis Art Fair and the Trading Post can be downloaded from the festival website.  Applications will be accepted through July 27, 2019

Note:  A more detailed roster of artists, performers, and programs will be published closer to the event.

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.