Boone in Blossom
Boone in Blossom’s performance lineup includes:
Rims & Keys
Boom One Sound System
Free the Optimus
Matt Phillips Philharmonic
Boone Band of Gypsies
Spice Creek Ramblers
Cici & the Coronas
Andy Ferrell & Oncoming Train
To complement the offerings and funds raised by its sister celebration in the fall — Harvest Boone — Boone in Blossom is set for its annual seasonal celebration of community, peace and health promotion, taking place May 2 to 4 at the High Country Fairgrounds.
The weekend bash will feature live music, arts and crafts, workshops and play shops, in addition to two nights under the stars for those who wish to take advantage of the festival’s complimentary camping amenities.
Admission is $15 of nonperishable food items, plus $15 cash or $30 at the gate.
Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://www.gatiproductions.com. Children younger than 14 are admitted free.
Now in their seventh installment, Boone in Blossom and Harvest Boone are both geared to raise awareness and offer a variety of live entertainment, while celebrating the fruits of each season.
This season’s edition of the festival will raise funds for the Hunger and Health Coalition.
The festivals began as a required community service project through a local yoga school by organizer Jeremiah Brown.
“It’s definitely grown and developed into a community project,” co-organizer Christina Bailey said. “We have so many beautiful people involved.”
This year’s list of workshops includes wild herbs, dances of universal peace, authentic movement, how to make household cleaning products and many more. There will also be “play shops” for yoga, folk dance and hula-hooping.
The festival concludes Sunday with a parade by Elkland Art Center.
Stage music will begin daily at 9 a.m., before wrapping up at 11 p.m. After the last show, the festival will take more of a low-key, sing-along by the bonfire feel, Bailey said.
Kids’ art classes and music circles, as well as refreshments, will also be on hand.
“It’s a showcase of talent and Boone and everything Boone has to offer,” Bailey said. “It feels really good to spend the weekend with friends, dancing and learning from each other.”
In previous interviews, Brown said there is a spiritual component to the festivals, as well.
“These events provide an environment to build community in a rich and heartfelt way,” he said. “The local musician, songwriter, singer, poet, yoga teacher, artist, chef, dancer, acrobat, leader and stargazer in all of us is brought out in one way or another. This showcase of talent is a testament to the unique land we call Boone.”
Since its beginning, Harvest Boone has raised more than four tons of food, with last year’s event raising two tons alone for the Hunger and Health Coalition, he said.
The High Country Fairgrounds is located at 748 Roby Greene Road in Boone. For more information, including a detailed schedule of performances, workshops and activities, visit http://www.gatiproductions.com.