Elkland sounds off on Liberty Parade

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jun. 5 | Modified: Jul. 5
Elkland sounds off on Liberty Parade

‘Sound’ is the theme for Elkland Art Center’s 2014 Todd Liberty Parade, and community members are invited to take part in creating costumes, puppets and instruments.

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The Todd Liberty Parade is missing something: you.

The ever-popular community parade, organized by the Elkland Art Center, returns to Todd this Fourth of July, and per tradition, community members young and old are invited to take part.

To participate, simply show up at 10:30 a.m. July 4 at the corner of N.C. 194 North and Railroad Grade Road in Todd to get into costume (or giant puppets, for that matter) and choose an instrument.

“All costumes, puppets and instruments are provided,” Elkland Art Center’s Lexie Danner said, “and additional instruments are encouraged.”

From there, at 11 a.m., marchers make their way through Todd, clad in costumes and functional, giant puppets that represent this year’s theme, “Sound.”

“Sound will be incorporated into the design process through the making of instruments and ‘sound suits’ and more musicians throughout the parade itself,” Danner said. “We plan to create a ‘soundscape’ by grouping like instruments in the parade.”

The 45-minute parade will conclude at Walter and Annie Cook Park, where live music, refreshments and other festivities await.

This year, the music comes courtesy of Todd’s own The King Bees and Kendra Warren of Boone.

“As always, the music at the parade is free of charge, with donations appreciated,” Danner said.
Although monetary donations are always welcome ( http://www.crowdrise.com/elklandartcenter), Elkland is also inviting folks to donate their time to make the parade possible.

Every Friday in June, from 1 to 4 p.m., “big kids with artistic inclinations” can take part in free artist work days, Danner said, to help create the puppets, costumes and props for the parade. Another workshop series, this one for folks of all ages and talents, will take place each Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Each workshop will take place at the Elkland Art Center studio.

For the younger marchers, Elkland is offering summer camp, running from June 23 to 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, at Blackburn Methodist Chapel in Todd. Geared toward children ages 6 to 12, the camp will be led by Danner and Warren.

“Students will be inspired by this year’s parade focus, Sound,” Danner said. “Students will write an original song and make instruments, props and puppets for their own parade at the end of camp.”

Registration costs $120 for the first child and $100 for each additional family member. To register, visit http://www.elklandartcenter.org, or call (336) 877-5016. Registration closes June 18.

Elkland Art Center is located at 10279 Three Top Road in Todd. For more information on workshops, the parade and Elkland in general, visit http://www.elklandartcenter.org, or call (336) 877-5016.

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