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Show time: ‘Arts in the Middle’ festival is this weekend at Hewick

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Volunteers for the Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Festival prepare to hang a banner at Hewick Plantation where the event will be held athis Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31. From left are Kathy Swinehart, Jody Anglin, Ginny Sawkins, Celane Roden, Kenleighe Longest, Barbie Gillespie and Carol King.

by Hank Trainor Roden

More than 100 juried artists from 11 states, backed by five musical groups and regional fare, will be offered to the public at the bucolic Hewick Plantation on Old Virginia Street, just west of Urbanna, this Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31.

“Arts in the Middle” (AIM) will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Separately, a “Music in the Middle” blues concert and dance featuring the “Planet Full of Blues” band will be held on the grounds of the Urbanna Town Marina on Oyster Road off Virginia Street from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday. 

As to how a new, large, public outdoor art festival such as Arts in the Middle was created from scratch “consider a dozen cooks preparing a multi-ethnic 22-course dinner for thousands of fussy eaters,” offered volunteer team leader Celane Roden. “It’s been exciting; never boring.”

Music on Saturday will be by “Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys” (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.); and “Herbie D and The Dangermen” (2-3:30 p.m.), winners of the 2013 River City Blues Society Blues Challenge.

On Sunday a change of pace will be provided by the “Northern Neck Shanty Singers” (2-3 p.m.), a group of watermen who have been featured on National Public Radio and CBS News; and by “Something Different” (noon-1:30 p.m.), a father/daughter duo that performs a variety of genres spanning multiple decades.

A reception and awards ceremony will be in the event’s hospitality tent from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday.

The “Music in the Middle” concert and dance, featuring “Planet Full of Blues,” will be at the Urbanna Town Marina from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to both Arts in the Middle and Music in the Middle are free, and the public is encouraged to attend. 

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 05.27.2015

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