Moscow Renaissance Fair: A Celebration of Spring!
The 43rd annual Moscow Renaissance Fair will be Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at East City Park in Moscow. As always, admission is free. The flower child of the raucous Blue Mountain Rock Festival, the Moscow Renaissance Fair has become a community tradition rooted in live music and honoring the time-old traditions of spring fairs and fete’s with local and regional artists, food, maypoles, parades and a wide variety of family friendly activities.
This year’s fair will kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Welcome Ceremony for the 2016 fair royalty, followed by live musical performances that cover a range of genres from bluesy, rockin’ Americana and jazz-inspired folk pop to globally conscious rhythm and blues and roots reggae. Fair attendees are welcome to join in the parade to take a joyous trip through space, time, and the park, dance one of the maypoles, or just kick back and enjoy the music, wander the art booths, and sample locally prepared foods.
Artisan booths close down for the day at 7 p.m. Saturday, but the night is far from over with Lounge on Fire, a funk rock band from Boise, taking the main stage with music that “makes you want to shake it.”
Sunday begins at 10 a.m. with Will Fontaine, an up-and-coming singer with driving acoustics, followed by continuous live music – acoustic covers, blues, funk, and soul. Another maypole dance in the early afternoon will allow those who missed it Saturday another chance to join the fun.
Concluding the day’s events will be the Missoula, Montana band, The Lil’ Smokies, a progressive bluegrass band with roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass.
Throughout both days fun activities for children of all ages can be found in the Enchanted Village, including returning attractions such as the WSU Raptor Club, the Palouse Discovery Science Center, a powered bungee jump, and many others. Sample a variety of ethnic and customary fare from local non-profit groups while you roam the booths of roughly 100 artisans from across the Pacific Northwest, selling everything from tie-dye to batiks, pottery to photography, jewelry, toys, wood wares and much more.
So be sure to mark your calendar for a weekend of fun, April 30- May 1, 2016 in Moscow’s beautiful East City Park. For more information visit the Fair’s website at www.moscowrenfair.org.
Save the Date! Palouse Patchers host 36th Annual Quilt Show
This spring’s Palouse Patchers Quilt show is all about color. The theme "Color Dance" will highlight the clever and vibrant use of color. Over 200 quilts will be on display April 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. each day until 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. The show will be in the Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building at 1021 Harold Street. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 10.
“Over 500 people are expected, and many travel long distances to see this show because of the high quality of quilt making,” says Nancy Mack, promotions chair.
This will be the Palouse Patchers’ 36th annual quilt show. Why attend this year? The results of three special challenges will be revealed. One is the President’s Color Crayon Challenge. Each quilter drew three crayons out of a basket and had to make a quilt using those colors. A second challenge is the Janet Frietag Memorial Challenge, which involves making a disappearing nine-patch design; the winner will receive a $50 prize. The third challenge plays on color: quilters must interpret the theme of “Color Dance” in an 18” x 24” size.
Attendees can browse the large array of local quilts, shop at 12 vendor booths, or relax with punch and homemade cookies in the kitchen. The raffle quilt made by Palouse Patchers, called Color Dance, will be on display, and tickets cost $1 each.
The winner will be chosen at the close of the show but need not be present to win. Proceeds from this event will benefit Quilts of Valor (a nationwide project to honor U.S. veterans), Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) youth quilts, and other local charities. For more information or to submit a quilt into the show, go to www.palousepatchers.org or contact Nancy Mack at 509-332-6252.
Moscow Artwalk 2016 Host Location/Artist Application Available
The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission are pleased to announce that the Moscow Artwalk 2016 host location/artist application is now available!
Moscow Artwalk 2016 will take place on Friday, June 17. Applications may be picked up at the Arts Department in Moscow City Hall, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, or downloaded at www.ci.moscow.id.us/arts/Pages/artwalk.aspx. The Registration Deadline is Friday, May 6.