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NatureFest!

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve
to hold annual family picnic

Uppa Creek to perform
for second year at nature festival

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

GOSHEN, Ky. (May 2011) – For Kay Holsclaw and Ron Missi, music is a big part of their lives. Together, they have formed Uppa Creek and they play every chance they get.
“We were both born with music in our blood and have been interested in music as long as we can remember,” said Holsclaw, who is originally from Louisville. They have been members of several different bands, the most influential one having been The Eddie Anderson Band.

Uppa Creek

Photo provided

Uppa Creek played at last
year’s NatureFest! at Creasey
Mahan Nature Preserve.

“Individually, we got our start as classically trained musicians,” Holsclaw said. Instruments the duo play includes the cello, Celtic harp, piano and guitar. Their sound brings a new appreciation to old and new folk and classic rock favorites.
Holsclaw, 46, and Missi, 49, both reside in southern Indiana on Big Indian Creek, where Missi was born and raised. When they began playing together, “we had lots of music (on paper), so we used a paddle for our music stand extender,” explained Holsclaw. “We became Uppa Creek – but we had a paddle!”
Uppa Creek will be participating in this year’s NautreFest! from noon to 4 p.m. on May 21-22 at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen, Ky. This is the third year for this “big old-fashioned family picnic event,” said Tavia Cathcart, organizer and Executive Director of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.
This will be the second consecutive year Uppa Creek has performed at NatureFest! They have also performed at the nature preserve for a wedding and a reception in what they called “a beautiful outdoor setting.”
“We consistently have around 40-50 booths, all Mom and Pop locally owned businesses,” said Cathcart. Included will be jewelry, dulcimer makers, photographers, artists, a tea house, sandwich shops, bison tasting, pet groomers, a chiropractor, garden suppliers and bouncies for the kids. Food will be provided by Burning Bush Grille, using locally provided bison, vegetables and other products.
NatureFest! has grown successfully over the last few years. The first year, the event had 600 attendees and 1,000 attendees last year, with hope of having even more this year.
Individuals “enjoy this event because it is fun for the entire family – including friendly pets on leashes – and they can relax and enjoy a wonderful day while seeing their neighbors and friends,” Cathcart said.

• Cost is $5 per person or $20 a family. For more information please contact Tavia Cathcart at (502) 228-4362 or visit www.KYNaturePreserve.org.

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