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Treadle Sewing Machine Demonstrations

Judy Jo Protiva, co-owner of Peace Valley Poultry, will be demonstrating treadle sewing machine use on the mezzanine from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, along with friends who have offered to help.

JudyJo is a wife, mother, and grandmother, who started using treadle sewing machines in the early 1980s. It had been a dream of hers, and she was finally able to find a suitable machine. Before she worked the kinks out of her beginning style, she started sewing pants for an exercise group. That, together with her delight in sewing for others and herself, put her learning into high gear.

She only sewed for the group for a few months, but continued sewing on the treadle. Soon the wheel would hum as it rotated smoothly, the needle sewing creations.

A year or two later she sewed a tipi with her machine. She bought the canvas from a canvas company in Denver and sewed yards and yards of double seams, forming the fabric into a tipi cover. On the day she celebrated raising it, she met Jim Protiva, the man of her dreams, and they married 1½ years later.

JudyJo had always wanted to sew for her own children, and soon there were four children. Sometimes she would sew into the night to make the dresses and shirts for her family, a quicker process when it was quiet. Her oldest, Beth, remembers hearing the sound of the whirr of the treadle machine as she went to sleep.

As these children grew up playing on and with the treadle, they developed a natural rhythm with it, until when they were old enough to sew, they could handle the machine efficiently. To JudyJo, the treadle not only represents a means of productivity, but also a sense of nurturing and caring for others that is passed down through the generations.

JudyJo hopes to be sewing on the quilt for her granddaughter, Laura, during the demonstration.

Come visit and learn more about these machines which are still used in many places today.

A treadle is a part of a machine which is operated by the foot to produce reciprocating or rotary motion in a machine such as a sewing machine, weaving loom, grinder, powering water pumps, or to turn wood lathes, to name a few. They allow human power of machinery without the need for electricity. Many of the early sewing machines were powered by a treadle mechanism. The treadle was operated by pressing down on it with a foot, or both feet, to cause a rocking movement. This movement spins a large wheel on the treadle frame, connected by a thin leather belt to smaller driving wheels on the sewing machine

Main Stage Artists Confirmed

2015 Main Stage artists who have confirmed they will perform at the Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival include Emily Dowden-Estes, The Juhl Family, Stringfield, The Roe Family singers, Ozark Highballers, Shortleaf/Snorty Horse, and The River Girls of the Rhodes Family.    Their information will be added to the website very soon.

We’re so excited to have this outstanding line-up!!

More to come soon…..

Volunteers, Vendors and Artisans sought for 2015 Festival

Volunteers, Vendors, Traditional Artisans Sought For

2015 Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

 

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 21st year Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free.

 

VOLUNTEERS – Organizers come from many different areas of the community, volunteering their time to assure a successful event. There is no paid staff, never has been; and the festival committee spends many hours over the year preparing for it. This year they are placing additional emphasis on volunteer participation and training for the various tasks performed, recognizing that it is a critical element of this success.

 

Because of the festival’s continued growth, more volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, organizers said. Volunteers are needed for the information booths (2 hour shifts); helping with set-up on Thursday evening or Friday morning; maintaining the entrance gate for artists on the north side of the Civic Center; as shuttle drivers around the grounds (4 hour shifts, must be 21 or older); and helping with simple residency/opinion surveys.

A drop-in luncheon and volunteer t-shirt pick-up will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11 a.m. till 2 p.m., at the West Plains Civic Center, hosted by the Festival committee.

Volunteer training will be held Monday, June 15, 2015, also at the Civic Center, and will be conducted in segments specific to each area:  Gate training – 5:30 p.m.; Shuttle Drivers – 6:00 p.m.; Information Booth – 6:30 p.m.; and Surveys – 7:00 p.m.

Those interested in helping in any way should contact the West Plains Council on the Arts at info@westplainsarts.org, or call Volunteer Coordinator Dee Lewis at 417-257-5563 or 417-256-6919.  Deadline for volunteer sign-up is May 1, 2015.

Volunteers from previous years are encouraged to call or e-mail to confirm they will be participating again this year, organizers said.  Volunteer sign-up forms are available on the festival website, www.oldtimemusic.org.

 

BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE – Organizers said they welcome booths from vendors, non-profit groups, businesses, school fund-raising efforts, churches, civic groups, public officials and individuals; however, in the event of duplicate offerings, first consideration will be given to early registrants.  Final approval rests with festival committee members, organizers added.

Booth spaces measure minimum of 10×10-feet.  Space rental fees for the two-day period are $60 for for-profit vendors, $30 for non-profit groups, and $85 plus 10 percent net profit for food vendors.

Booth registration forms are available from Terri Combs, TSCombs@MissouriState.edu or 417-255-7988, or they may be downloaded from the festival website, http://oldtimemusic.org.  Registrations should be mailed by June 1, 2015, to West Plains Council on the Arts, P.O. Box 339, West Plains, MO  65775.

Organizers plan to provide this year’s attendees once again with a diagram/map of the festival grounds, which will be available at the festival information booths.  All on-time registrations will be listed on the diagram with the booth name and specific location on the grounds.

ARTISANS/DEMONSTRATORS – The festival has featured many different material art and craft genres throughout the years.  Most of these arts and crafts originated for entirely utilitarian reasons or to meet basic needs of the region’s early settlers, organizers said.  But as a result of regional economic changes, especially increased availability of manufactured goods since the mid-20th century, these arts and crafts are no longer practical necessities; however, many talented artisans and craftsmen in the Ozarks continue to practice them both as outlets for their creativity and as means of celebrating the region’s rich cultural heritage, festival organizers explained.

Area artisans and demonstrators who are keeping these traditional crafts alive and would like to share their talents with festival goers are encouraged to contact coordinator Emily Gibson at 417-255-7966 or email to info@westplainsarts.org.

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains.  The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.

2015 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, Missouri State University-West Plains, and Charles and Pam Drago.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

 

For more information on the festival e-mail info@westplainsarts.org, or “like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Old.Time.Music.Festival

Headliners Announced For 2015 Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

Headliners Announced For 2015 Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Old-Time Music, Ozarks Heritage Festival in downtown West Plains, Mo., will celebrate its 21st year Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20, introducing two powerful, first-time festival performers as headliners on the main stage.

The Quebe Sisters Band will take the stage Friday night, and Dr. Ralph Stanley with Family and Friends will close the Festival Saturday night. Both performances are scheduled for 8 p.m.

The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture. Admission to all festival events is free.

“The overall mission of the Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is about preserving traditions, and there are few traditions as close to people’s hearts as music,” said festival committee member Emily Gibson. “Our headliner selections this year combine youth and experience in a way that we hope will bring out audiences of all ages. These headline performers truly exhibit that great music rooted in storied traditions transcends generations. We are thrilled to have two outstanding headliners this year at the festival. Each year we try to bring bigger and better and this year is no exception.”

THE QUEBE SISTERS BAND When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel. When the girls sing their three-part harmony, audiences are blown away.

The Quebe’s unique brand of music has taken the Americana music scene by storm. They perform a refreshing blend of swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas style fiddling.

“Hearing the Quebe Sisters sing is nothing short of mesmerizing — perhaps because they make music that most have only experienced via grainy black-and-white TV screens or crackling vinyl. Imagine the angelic Andrews Sisters (of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” fame) singing in top form — and then ripping into a nimble fiddle breakdown.” Chris Richards, The Washington Post

Members of the band include : Grace Quebe – Fiddle, Vocal; Sophia Quebe – Fiddle, Vocal; Hulda Quebe Stipp – Fiddle, Vocal; Penny Lea Clark – Mandolin, Guitar, Vocal; and Katy Lou Clark – Guitar, Piano, Accordion, Banjo, Vocal. The group has had appearances with such performers as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky, Merle Haggard, the Reno Philharmonic, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, John Cowan, the Fort Worth Symphony, and Ray Price.

Gibson says, “The Quebe Sisters are highly entertaining and will leave audiences with a new appreciation for Texas style fiddling. They have been through this area before, and we are excited to bring them back as part of our festival.”

For more information about the Quebe Sisters Band, check these online resources: http://www.quebesistersband.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/QuebeSistersBand https://www.facebook.com/quebesistersband

DR. RALPH STANLEY WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

When legends come to mind there is one star that shines above them all and that is none other than bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley. Charles and Pam Drago’s partnership with the Festival this year will enable us to bring Dr. Ralph Stanley to our stage. Along with grandson Nathan Stanley, look for some surprise guests in the “Family and Friends” who will perform with him.

Performing for over six decades Dr. Ralph Stanley has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Recognized as the leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, Stanley has spread his sound around the world during his 68 years of touring and recording. Some of country and bluegrass music’s biggest stars came from Ralph Stanley’s band, including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks and the late Keith Whitley.

In 2002 Ralph Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother Where Art Thou”. In 2006 He received the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and National Medal of Arts given by President George W. Bush.

Ralph Stanley was honored Oct. 11, 2014, when he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts, which was founded in 1780 to recognize America’s foremost “thinkers and doers.”

“There are few names as synonymous with the foundation of bluegrass as Ralph Stanley and we are proud to have him join us to close out the festival Saturday night. Whether you remember him on albums with The Clinch Mountain Boys or if you know him better for sharing a soundtrack with The Soggy Bottom Boys, his status as a music legend is unquestionable. Dr. Stanley truly is an original and will bring his signature sound to our festival stage in an unforgettable performance”, said Gibson.

His new album, Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow was released January 19, 2015, and he will be featured in a PBS special in March. More information about Ralph Stanley can be found at these online resources:

http://drralphstanleymusic.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DrRalphStanley

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains. The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.

2015 Festival partners include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center, Charles and Pam Drago, and Missouri State University-West Plains. Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

For more information on the festival e-mail info@westplainsarts.org, visit the website at http://www.oldtimemusic.org, or “like” the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Old.Time.Music.Festival

Roe Family Singers to join performers on the main stage

Roe Family Singers to Appear on Festival Main Stage

 

Due to a scheduling change, the Roe Family Singers will take the main stage at the Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains, MO, on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 4 p.m.   Organizers promise this addition to the festival’s musical offerings to be a great one!

 

The Roe Family Singers are a good-time, old-time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN.  Led by Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band marries old-time sounds from barn-dances, fiddle pulls, and county fairs with the rock & roll passion of youth.

 

Featuring banjo, autoharp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging, the band and family of fans have been regularly filling Minneapolis’ 331 Club every Monday night since 2005. They’ve shared the stage with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Mike Seeger, Del McCoury, the Grascals, and Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur. In 2011 the band was awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians; they won the title of “World’s Best Jug Band” twice, in 2010 & 2012 at the annual Battle of the Jug Bands; and, in 2012, won the Minnesota Duet Contest at the MN State Fair.

 

The Roe Family Singers mix original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes into one roiling & rollicking river of fresh yet familiar American music. Every performance raises a ruckus.

 

More information on the group is available on their website at http://www.roefamilysingers.com/ and on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/roefamilysingers

‘Discover Nature’ Workshops Set

Added to the schedule for Festival:

The “Discover Nature’’ fishing workshops offered for families and kids by the Missouri Department of Conservation will include casting tips 11 a.m. to noon Friday and noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. The knot-tying workshops will be 2 to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They will be presented by Fisheries Resource Assistant Liz Siepker, at the MDC Booth, and MDC employees will be available throughout the two days.

Great news for our friends/fans with mobility issues!

Transportation to be added option at Festival

 

Because of the expanded Festival footprint, and to aid those with mobility issues, shuttle carts will be operating all during Festival hours to transport attendees from the area of the Civic Center to the Square or vice versa.   Bus stops will be located on the East and West sides of the Civic Center, in the Senior Center parking lot, and the north and south intersections on the Square (Washington and Aid Avenue corners).  The shuttles will be passing through all parking lots as well.

 

The West and North parking lots of the West Plains Civic Center will be reserved for disabled parking, and the lots will be clearly marked.

 

Shuttle stops will be indicated on the site map which is provided to show locations of all venues, events and booths.  Maps will be available at all information booths and from Festival staff members, who will be glad to assist with any transportation issues.

Main Stage performers listing updated

New acts, old favorites will take main stage at Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival

 

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Several new acts will join a list of crowd-pleasing favorites on the main performance stage at the 20th annual Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival, a two-day celebration of Ozarks culture set for June 20 and 21 in downtown West Plains, Mo.

The event, which also features a cooking stage, mule jump competition, turkey calling competition, quilt show and a host of artisans displaying their homemade wares, will take place in and around the West Plains Civic Center at 110 St. Louis St. and along East Main Street.  Admission is free.

“The attraction of the main stage performers is that audiences have the opportunity to hear musicians who are from this region celebrate the music of the region,” said Emily Gibson, a member of the festival committee.  “The main stage presents a great mix of performers who are working to leave their mark on the genre of old-time music and keep the tradition alive.  Audiences young and old will find something to enjoy from each act on the main stage as the festival continues to get bigger and better each year.”

Performers include:

Colin Elmore & The Danville Train (noon to 2 p.m. June 20) – Rooted in gospel music at an early age by his musical family, this West Plains native has fused his past with the flavor of rock-n-roll and bluegrass to create a unique sound that stays true to the tradional sounds of the region and moves it forward, enticing a new and younger generation of fans to the fold.  He began writing original songs with deeply personal lyrics at age 16 and and later earned a significant fan base as a member of alternative rock band Berch in Springfield.  After building his resumé performing with The Franz Family and as a solo act, he has now joined forces with The Danville Train in Nashville, Tenn.

• The Juhl Family and Friends ( 2 to 3 p.m. June 20; 5 to 6 p.m. June 21) – Southern Illinois residents Marv, Bob and Joe Juhl have been performing old-time music with a variety of other musicians since the 1980s, when they first formed the Beaucoup Bottom Boys and recorded the album Comin’ Out.  Although the Beaucoup Bottom Boys officially disbanded in the mid 1980s, the Juhls have continued to take their brand of old-time, bluegrass, country and gospel music to the masses with a host of their fellow musicians.

Emily Dowden Estes (3 to 4 p.m. June 20) – A musician, singer and songwriter, Emily developed her skills in the Missouri Ozarks where she was raised.  At 16, she moved with her sisters to Mtn. View, Ark., to pursue a growing musical career at the Ozark Folk Center, where they were employed.  Eventually, the girls landed in Asheville, N.C., where Emily toured over a decade with her family band, The Dowden Sisters, at music festivals and concerts across the country.  She has since moved back to Springfield and former her own band, Emily Dowden Band, and will release her first solo project this summer.

South Wynns (4 to 5 p.m. June 20) – Founded 17 years ago by master mandolin and banjo builder John Wynn, son Barry and other members of the family now carry on the group’s tradition of performing bluegrass and country music.

Deep Fried Squirrel (5 to 6 p.m. June 20) – Founded five years ago, this group from the Ozarks Plateau blends bluegrass music and instrumentation with influences from the vast spectrum of musical genres.  This tight-knit string band is ready to throw down some foot-stomping acoustic jams to anyone willing to lend an ear.

• The Colbert Brothers (noon to 1 p.m. June 21) – Old-time music has been a long-time family tradition for brothers Van, Vernon and John, all of whom hail from Willow Springs.  “Mom and Dad instilled in us the love of their music, and to this day we play, sing and remember,” said Van, who is known for his unique “two-finger” roll style on the banjo.  Joining them this year will be brother John of Wichita, Kan.

The Faretheewells (1 to 2 p.m. June 21) – Finding their musical niche at the root, The Faretheewells blend indie, folk, rock, country and bluegrass with a double shot of energy to create an eclectic concoction for the ears.  The four-piece family band is made up of three siblings and one of the sibling’s spouse who have created a sound that has been “aged in a whiskey barrel, laced with honey and then set on fire.”

Stringfield (3 to 4 p.m. June 21) – This unique band based in Springfield offers a repertoire as vast as the many musical genres known to man, but they are known for having captured the history and beauty of the hammered dulcimer in their performances.

• Josh Jennings Band (4 to 5 p.m. June 21) – Josh Jennings has been writing and recording music over 15 years.  His pieces range from tragic love songs to ironies of everyday life, and it’s apparent a little blood, sweat and tears go into every song.

Joining these groups on the main stage will be the festival’s headliners, award-winning buck dancer Thomas Maupin and his grandson, Daniel Rothwell, at 6 p.m. June 20; Grammy Award-winning group The New Christy Minstrels, under the direction of Randy Sparks, at 8 p.m. June 20; area favorites The River Girls of The Rhodes Family at 6 p.m. June 21; and multi-talented sister act SHEL at 8 p.m. June 21.

The Old-Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival is the signature event for West Plains.  The two-day festival seeks to celebrate, preserve, pass on and nurture an appreciation of the old-time music and folk life traditions distinctive to the Ozark Highlands.

Major sponsors include the West Plains Council on the Arts, the City of West Plains, the Ozark Heritage Welcome Center, West Plains Civic Center and Missouri State University-West Plains.  Partial funding for this event was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.