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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 13B Mel Wade's musical style is pure folk, a la Judy Collins and Natalie Merchant. Hear her during Words & Music in its new Portola location --the Williams House. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Portola Words & Music will move to a new location for the next few months: the winiams House on Highway 70, across the highway from Dollard's Market In addition to a new location this venue change also welcomes a new partner- ship between Plumas Arts and the city of Portola. Presented by Plumas Arts, the first Williams House event In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday, Plumas Arts offers a challenge to share "Words of Love" at Words & Music in Quincy Thursday, Feb. 9, at Morning Thunder on Lawrence Street. Be they soft and tender, silly, sappy or sad or other- wise, aspiring poets, musi- cians, storytellers, actors or performers of all ages and abilities are invited to share their thoughts,on this very much discussed and debated of human emotions in five- to seven-minute time slots. Doors open at 7 p.m. and no- host coffees, teas and libations will be available. The featured artist portion begins at 7:15. Admission ~s $3. Words & Music is also a place for musicians and writ- ers to share their talents with a very respectful and receptive crowd in an open mic type format (but there are no microphones used at the venue). All performances must be acoustic only, with no elec- trical instruments or sound equipment allowed. Original work is always encouraged. For more information or to Up-to-the-minute forecast and road conditions at will be held Friday, Feb. 17, and will feature guest musi- cian Mel Wade. Doors open at 7 p.m. A "bring your own" beverages and snacks policy will be observed for the evening. Admission is $3 at the door. Music begins at 7:15. Wade's music has been de- scribed as pure, unadulterated folk. Her songs are lyrically intriguing and sweet in their melodic composition. Reminiscent of the grassroots folk movement of the 1960s, Wade's style has garnered comparisons to both Natalie Merchant and Judy Collins. Open stage follows the featured set. Any aspiring poets, musicians, storytellers, actors or performers are encouraged to sign up at the door for a five- to seven- minute time slot. All music performances must be acoustic only. Origi- nal work is encouraged, but not required. "Words & Music" has been brought to audience~ county- wide since 1989 by Plumas Arts. For more information contact Plumas Arts at 283- 3402, or visit sign up for a spot on the extended open mic section for this romantic holiday program that explores the many and various affectations of "that crazy little thing called love" call 283-3402 or email Words & Music is an acoustic music and spoken word program sponsored and facilitated by Plumas .arts, and hosted at Morning Thunder since 1989. Plumas Arts, incor- porated in 1981 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency, provides the region with cultural and educational programs. ir The Rotary Club of Chester is jumping into the spirit of spring as it makes plans for hosting the 15th annual Lake Almanor Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair May 26 and 27. Photo by Cheri Mclntire M. Kate West Chester Editor The 15th annual Lake Almanor Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, in the Chester Park. This will be the third year the Rotary Club of Chester has sponsored this popular crafters' event. The craft fair averages 55 booths of juried, handcrafted items. Touring guests can expect to view pottery, wood- working, specialty foods, jewelry, rugs, scented soaps, quilts, photography and many forms of fine art. The fair also features a selection of lunch menus, one from a commercial vendor and _the other provided by the v01uhf~er board n:i:~r~/lYe'~ of the unfunded Almanor Recreation and Park District. According to Rotarian and event chairwoman Cheri Mclntire, now is not too soon to register for the May event. The applications may be found online at lakealmanor memorialdaycraftfair@yahoo. com. She said the registration process opened Feb. 1 to new vendors. She also said forms have already been sent via mail and email to past vendors. Chester Rotary is again hoping to add a special prize drawing to the 2012 event. "The vendors make the decision as to whether or not to donate to the drawing. It is completely vendor driven with the proceeds from the drawing tickets going to one of our local nonprofit organizations," she said. In 2011, the Feather River Blue Star Morns chapte.r .was. s~lected by the Chester Rotary Club to sell the drawing tickets and retain the proceeds. In the annual feedback forms vendors complimented the craft fair atmosphere and the attention they and the individual booths are given by the Rotarians. "Multiple vendors said that they were treated like it was their show instead of a moneymaker. This was not a difficult thing to do; without vendors there would be no show," McIntire said. Also reflected in the positive feedback was vendors' appreciation of the registration cost reductions that occurred in 2011. Prior to the cuts, a 10-by-10 space rented for $150 and was reduced to $125. A 10-by-20 space, previously $290, rents for $240. No rate change is planned for the 2012 fair. "Proceeds from hosting this craft fair will be re- striving to recruit, in addi- tion to the annual favorites, new and original crafters. "Our goal is to get new crafters every year to provide our guests more choices," she said. Since their initiation into the world of craft fairs in 2010, McIntire said each year continues to be a learning experience for Rotary. "We certainly offer our thanks to the many partner- ing vendors who went far and above in increasing our knowledge of craft fair opera- tion. That being said, Rotary is confident that this year's show will be the best ever, not only for the vendors but craft fair enthusiasts," McIntire said. Vendors or potential guests with questions should call turned to the c0mmunit~_aJl..=.M~..!ptk9 at258-2516 ............. year long in the form of the The Chester Parkis ]0rated club's community service one block offMain Street and projects." 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