Boone in Blossom returns May 2-4



Article Published: Mar. 27 | Modified: May. 5

A celebration of local music, community service, visual and healing arts, the Boone in Blossom Community Outreach Festival will take place May 2 to 4.

The fourth annual festival will be held at the High Country Fairgrounds in Boone, featuring local performing artists.

Boone in Blossom is an annual spring festival that boasts a wide variety of local talent in the visual, healing and performance arts. It is a non-profit festival, set up through the Boone Community Network and the Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities.

The musical lineup currently includes Donnie Dies, Boom One Sound System, Bafoodus, Makayan, Metaphonia, Yaddatu, Rubber Checks, Upright & Breathin’, Dr. Bacon, CiCi & The Coronas, Grow Well, Red Leg Husky, Lazer Jayne, Boone Band of Gypsies, The FoxFire, Spice Creek Ramblers, DemonBoW and Kendra Warren, with more to come.

Performance art comes courtesy of the High Country Poetry Society, Inspiral Fire Troube and Afrolachian Drum and Dance Troupe, along with demonstrations of modern dance, silks and AcroYoga.

Healing arts subjects include yoga, ecstatic dance, hula hoop, belly dance, medicine wheel, wild herbs, crystal singing bowl mandala, kirtan, meditations, outdoor living skills, conscious consumerism, community art, African dance, massage, acupuncture and sound therapy.

This year, on Sunday, May 4, the main stage will host the first ever “Blossoming Band Competition.” The prize is a Friday or Saturday slot on the main stage at Harvest Boone Fall 2014.

According to festival organizers, “The competition is a great opportunity for emerging artists to gain public exposure.”

Admittance to the event is redeemable in community service, canned goods donated to the Health and Hunger Coalition or cash for festival upkeep. Throughout its four years, the effort has raised more than five tons of food and logged more than 200 community service hours.

This year, there are four payment options for tickets, which includes camping, parking and admittance for three days:

1. Community service options set up for people to earn their ticket price in the months leading up to the event;

2. Volunteer options for before, during and after festival;

3. Early-bird ticket price of $20 before April 31;

4. Day-of ticket price of $30 or $15 with 15 non-perishable food items.

For early-bird tickets, visit http://www.gatiproductions.com/boone-in-blossom.html. For community service and volunteer opportunities, contact Christina Bailey at (christina.spectrum@gmail.com)

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