changes name of event to RiverRoots
to hold Halfway
fundraiser party on Nov. 12
(November 2011) With the help and support
of members and volunteers, Madisons folk festival coordinator
Greg Ziesemer his all-volunteer committee members have instituted several
changes for the annual May music event that takes place along the riverfront.
Perhaps the biggest of these changes is the event name from Ohio River
Valley Folk Festival to the RiverRoots Festival.
The committee plans to introduce this and other changes at the upcoming
Half Way event, which is a Thank You party and
celebration for those who supported the festival in 2011. This includes
corporate sponsors, individual members and future supporters. The event
is also the kick off for next years folk festival and changes
that are being implemented, according to Ziesemer.
by Don Ward
of the RiverRoots Festival
committee displayed their new event
name on a banner that hung over their
food booth at the Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew chamber event Oct.
15 in Madison, Ind.
The event is open to the public with a $10 contribution
and will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at The
Livery Stable, located on Broadway Street in Madison.
This marks the first anniversary of (founder and former festival
coordinator) John Walburns passing. So in recognition of his life,
a brief memorial of Johns legacy will take place as well as the
celebration for the 2012 festival, Ziesemer said.
The RiverRoots Festival also needs membership support, which is an additional
reason the Half Way event is taking place. Memberships include benefits
that will also be explained during the event. Live musical performances
by The Wheel and Slick River Rockets will be
featured along with food and a cash bar.
The festival is undergoing several additional changes and really pushing
to expand in the upcoming year, Ziesemer said. The festival has kept
its name for seven years, and while Walburn struggled with the name
and always felt it needed a change, this year the committee members
took it upon themselves for change. While the Ohio River Valley Folk
Festival name seemed to work well, it was cumbersome, he said.
This year the festival has created a 501-c3 nonprofit fundraising organization
the Ohio River Valley Folk Society for its corporate
and individual membership to benefit the festival and to improve the
tax deductions for members contributions. Now, any contribution
that is made, even as much as the membership minus the cost of the wristband,
is 100 percent tax deductible.
In addition, RiverRoots is developing a craft brew aspect to the festival
for home brewers and beer makers to sell their brews.
Vendors are also contributors to each years festival. Blacksmiths,
shoemakers and others who are passionate about wood carving, pottery
and weaving all make this festival a handcrafted literal folk village.
RiverRoots takes place the third weekend in May, but the planning and
coordination by volunteers takes place year-round.
Resource Development chairperson Wanda Heath says, As a volunteer
that is part of the committee, this group of people is like a family.
Its the neatest thing I have ever been involved in.
For more information, visit: www.VisitMadison.org
or call (812) 265-2956.
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