ClydeFEST 2013 Sees Record-Breaking Crowd of Critter Lovers
from all over the Triangle!
The Chatham County Arts Council’s 12th Annual ClydeFEST Kids Carnival of Folk Art fun was a huge success, with a record-breaking crowd of close to 2,000 people coming out to celebrate international folk artist and Bynum’s own Clyde Jones, make art, listen to music, paint critters and enjoy the sunny skies and stunning community of Bynum, NC, on Sunday, April 6th.
“Everything was PERFECT!!” said storyteller Cynthia Raxter, who entertained children and adults alike during the afternoon under sunny skies and perfect temperatures. “I had a wonderful time - likewise everyone I saw- kids, adults, food vendors and volunteers!!!!!”
The fun kicked off at 11am with live music from bluegrass legends Tommy Edwards, Nathan Aldridge, Alice and Rick Zincone, followed by the Northwood Jazz Band, international dance with Takiri Folkloriko Dance Academy, incredible moves from jump rope phenoms The Bouncing Bulldogs fabulous tales from Raxter, and magic and balloons from Mr. Rainbow the Clown.
Aside from chainsaw connoisseur Clyde Jones, the Bynum Ballfield was also home to Georgia folk artist Peter Loose and his African Tortoises, face painting from local artist volunteers, a drum circle, food, photos, ice cream, clown, stilt walker, local artists, exhibitors, vendors, auction, prizes and games.
The focus of the ‘Fest is to present an authentic Chatham County arts and culture event for children. Community representatives from visual and performing arts genres offer hands-on, immersive arts experiences including painting, silk screening, drumming, acting, dancing and playing music with more than 20 local artists helping the community’s budding artists find new avenues of self-expression.
“You all should be so proud - I can honestly say that this is one of the best events we've been to and we do a lot! I hated to have to leave after only 2 hours. Everything was spot on - the boothes, the music, the food trucks, no businesses selling overpriced items.......this was for the kids and about the kids and that was very obvious!!! You hit it out of the park!” gushed one festival goer after the event.
Highlights also included live toy making from Pittsboro Toys, Jef the Mime provided roving entertainment and there was an ongoing raffle MC’d by Chatham local Creighton Irons for gifts donated by local retailers.
“It was a really, really fun day!” said 7-year-old arts enthusiast Sam Gray, from Pittsboro.
Kids of all ages got creative and painted their own critter in “Critterville” and posed for photos on one of Clyde’s Horse-Dogs (or are they Pig-Giraffes?) in the photo tent. And of course all the usual bright and beautiful hand-crafted games were on offer, alongside plenty of local refreshments to keep folks going.
The event concluded with a live critter carving by Clyde himself, who paraded around the ballfield on his purple lawnmower. The critter was auctioned off by Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller, and ultimately fetched $675 which will be put back into the community for arts programming.
More than 50 volunteers worked the ‘Fest, which is the signature community event for the Chatham County Arts Council.. Sponsors Hobbs Architects, Bynum Front Porch Music Series, High Strung Violins and Guitars, Captain John’s Dockside, Weaver Street Realty, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Life 103.1 Radio for Life and Oakleaf Restaurant made the event possible.
ClydeFEST also received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
FOOD & REFRESHMENTS
Howard Alston's Fish Truck
Triple J Ice Cream
Little Dippers Italian Ice
Jake's Dusty Donuts
Thanks to our sponsors!
We could not have pulled off an event this size without huge support from the community. THANK YOU to the more than 50 volunteers who turned out to help with set up, staff the event and pack it all up. If you are interested in volunteering next year please drop us a line!
by York WIlson
In case you’ve been wondering what Clyde keeps himself busy with other than ClydeFEST, here’s a quick recap of some of the fun he’s had this year. Our famous friend has been on the road a lot! He’s been to the Fearrington Folk Art Show in February, the Ocracoke Festival in the summer, Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, and starred in yet another documentary. He delivered several new pieces to the permanent collection at American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore and he even made a star appearance in New York City!
photo courtesy Bergdorf Goodman
That’s right, folks, Clyde had his very own display window at NY’s most elegant and exclusive store, Bergdorf Goodman (or, as Clyde likes to call it, “Birddog’s”) on Fifth Avenue. Right there with an enormous Divine in one window and the giant pink poodle, Fifi, in the main entrance, Clyde’s critters stopped all sidewalk traffic as part of the American Visionary Arts Museum’s summer blockbuster show in the Big City. It was indeed a fabulous site the likes of which NYC has never seen!
When Clyde is home in Bynum he’s always entertaining friends – school groups and art collectors alike - so feel free to stop in and say hello!
Articles, Photos, and Video Links
NEW video! Clyde Jones Documentary Preview
from Khang Mai on Vimeo.
"Clyde and Mikhail", from Chatham County filmmaker Linda Booker.
Great video piece about Clyde preceding CF 2008
Real fine slide show featuring images from ClydeFEST 2008
Wonderful video from the 7th Annual ClydeFEST held in Bynum, NC on the 26th of April 2008
Video of Clyde making a Critter to be auctioned off
at ClydeFEST 2008
Real nice article announcing ClydeFEST 2008
One swell write up from the folks at ArtsJournal
Nice piece from the World’s Most Complete Neighbor-pedia
Video interview of the Hula Hoop Lady from ClydeFEST 2008