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September 14, 2013

City of the Hills Fine Art and Music Festival: Event sees new date, expanded location

By Cathy B. Koplen Contributing Writer
The Daily Star

---- — The 11th annual City of the Hills Art and Music Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Not only has the date changed to coincide with the Oneonta city-wide Grand and Glorious garage sale on Saturday, the venue has expanded, as well.

“I think this year will be perfect,” said Robert Roman, City of the Hills organizer and State University College at Oneonta associate professor of music. “The people coming in for Grand and Glorious will be able to come to us and look at some very fine art and listen to some really good music.”

The festival will take place on the grounds of Wilber Mansion and the adjacent Dietz Street parking lot. New this year is a beer garden featuring four draft and 10 bottles of different craft beers. The beer garden will be on the grounds of Wilber Mansion.

In addition, there will be live music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the city band shell.

“It is an exciting opportunity,” said Paul Carter, SUNY music professor and member of the band The Phakers. “This festival has not really focused on music in the past. The music was more in the background. But this year, they are putting some good bands on a stage.”

One focus of this year’s event was to feature various types of art, Roman said.“We are trying to make a statement that we experience all sorts of art.”

The band line-up includes Cliff Schadt, Ethan Harris, Mountebank Brothers, Northern Blanks, Otesaga Jazz Quartet with Dana Marcine, One Click Culture, The Phakers, The Fist and Jeremy Wall & the Oneonta Funk Band, featuring Spyro Gyra founding member Jeremy Wall.

“We have a diverse collection of musicians from solo performers, jazz ensembles, Grateful Dead and Phish music, and bluegrass — the Otesaga Hotel donated their house jazz band for the day,” Roman said.

The juried art show features 40 artists, including photographer Deborah Ziegler, fabric-crafter Bonseye Design, and Blackbird and Peacock recycled paper art. There is a $250 prize for “Best in Show.”

Children will find many things to do in the Carriage House Studio behind Wilber Mansion. Oneonta World of Learning will have children’s activities throughout the day as well. Some of the activities include sculpting, melted crayon paintings, bead making demonstrations, and pottery wheel use.

“We want the kids to experience art and have fun with it,” Roman said. “We want to keep the kids into art so they will continue an appreciation of it as they get older.”

Several food vendors will offer their specialties at the festival. Food vendors include B&B Kettle Korn, Sarchioto’s Concessions, Mad Dogs Big Top BBQ, Humphreys To Go, Block Factory Tamales, Italian Ice, Applegarth Farms and Specialtea Teas. In addition, Stewart’s donated ice cream to the event.

Participating artists include Natalie Fallar, Jacob Ohman, Madsen Arts, Just Rock Jewelry, Blackbird and Peacock, Maryann Stow, Kevin Gray Photography, Lock & Key Leathers, Artwork Mexico, Annie Kuhn, Caralee Fincher, Dana DiGuiseppi, H B Photo-Graphics, Oneonta Photography, Zena Gurbo, Karin Bremer, Beyond the Picket Fence, Linden Street Paper, Mark English, Bonseye Design, Dust Bunny Frames, Deborah Ziegler, Marybeth Phillips, Ivy Rose Wool Art, Golden Hands Design, Stephanie Theado and Hillary Trelease.

Community Arts Network of Oneonta organized the event. The group is run by a board of trustees who rely upon volunteers to work shows and events. CANO has received sponsorship for the bands.

The City of the Hills Art & Music Festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.canoneonta.org or call 432-2070.