The Festy Experience has announced its initial lineup with headliners Greensky Bluegrass (Friday), Gillian Welch, Sam Bush Band (Saturday) and Railroad Earth (Sunday). The ninth edition of the gathering will return to Infinity Downs in Arrington, VA from October 5th through 7th. Other acts on the bill include Della Mae, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Nick Forster’s “Almost ETown”, Fruition, Carbon Leaf, Rubblebucket, Sons Of Bill, Bonnie Paine, and Hackensaw Boys.This year will mark the first installment of the Festy Experience without The Infamous Sitringdusters, who helped found the Virginia festival in 2010. The group, which headlined the first eight Festy Experiences, recently launched their own record label and picked up a Grammy for their 2017 album Laws of Gravity.Tickets for the 2018 Festy Experience are now on sale.
Emily Ferranti & Nick Spangler View Comments Look who’s got fidgety feet! Broadway favorites Emily Ferranti, Nick Spangler, Etai Benson and Gayton Scott will join the previously announced Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, as Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin, respectively, in the national tour of An American in Paris. The touring production of the Tony Award-nominated musical will premiere in Boston on October 25 before continuing to additional cities across the country.The An American in Paris tour will feature Ferranti (Wicked) as Milo Davenport, Spangler (The Book of Mormon) as Henri Baurel, Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg and Scott (Gypsy) as Madame Baurel. In addition, Ryan Steele (Newsies) and Leigh-Ann Esty (Miami City Ballet) join the cast as the Jerry and Lise alternates.Rounding out the tour’s ensemble are Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Emily Ramirez, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong and Blake Zelesnikar.Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris tells the tale of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.An American in Paris features music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The show includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “They Can’t Take That Away” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.” The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 6 million American adults volunteer an average of 52 hours per year. Volunteerism is very much a part of our culture and Georgia 4-H relies heavily on the work of volunteers every day.Volunteers serve 4-H as chaperones, educators, mentors, leaders and marketers. Roles are as varied as the communities in which volunteers live and the youths in those programs. A 4-H volunteer may coordinate a 4-H fundraiser, volunteer in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office, help a 4-H’er prepare a project, chaperone at summer camp, mentor a 4-H’er at their livestock show or coach a judging team. Volunteerism in 4-H is not a new concept. The first Georgia 4-H volunteer was G.C. Adams, school superintendent in Newton County and founder of the 1904 Boys Corn Club. The corn club became the 4-H program. Today, more than 21,000 adults make an impact on Georgia 4-H youths as volunteers. The Search Institute reports one of the 40 developmental assets for young people is a positive caring adult. Further research shows that an adult who supports a young person, believes in his future and creates a positive environment for him to succeed is one of the key factors in that student’s success.Georgia 4-H is filled with stories of volunteers who touch the lives of students. “Because of the support of 4-H volunteers, my sisters and I were able to escape a difficult home situation and participate in an organization that changed our lives, “said one Athens-Clarke County 4-H alumna. Another student credits the patience and support of his 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun and Education) coach for providing him the opportunity to excel in a sport that became a lifelong hobby. “Our volunteers took us everywhere. I saw Georgia because an adult cared enough to be my chaperone,” said another 4-H’er.“Our volunteer means so much to us. She is always there. She shows us what to do but lets us do it. When I walk in the show ring I know she’s proud of me and I’m proud that I can do it,” said a Georgia 4-H’er who participates in livestock showing.All Georgia 4-H volunteers are screened through UGA and trained to support the efforts of UGA Extension and 4-H in their communities. Individuals interested in volunteering for Georgia 4-H should contact their local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1 or email Jenny Jordan, Extension 4-H specialist – Volunteer & Teen programs, at [email protected]
ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA swim team defeated the Bangor YMCA in its first dual meet of the season on Saturday at DEFY.DEFY won with a score of 601-306 and scored first place finishes in 54 of 73 races.Of 101 DEFY swimmers, 16 qualified for the YMCA New England championships: Sam Alvarado, Brandon Aponte, Kristy Barry, Madelyn Copithorne, Owen Frank, Sidney Hamilton, Talor Hamilton, Lilja Hanson, Camden Holmes, Cooper Holmes, Ella Montgomery, Calvin Nelson, Sam Pelletier, Hayden Sattler, Isaac Weaver and Hannah Wood.DEFY’s next dual meet is Dec. 5 against Mount Desert Island.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIndividual resultsRelay results