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Earth Day Festival Offers Variety of Entertainment
Article By: by Earth Day Festival
Posted: 4/3/2013 Views: 3672  Impressions: 20692
Categories: Entertainment: Events, Home Life: Environmental

The 2013 Texoma Earth Day Festival is planned for April 20th on the Sherman Municipal Grounds. Key Note Speaker for the 2013 festival is Terry Jensen of DFW Ecovillage. DFW Ecovillage is in the planning stages. The sustainable community will be built in Hunt County. Homes will be built from compressed earth blocks and will include solar energy and rainwater harvesting. Residents will practice permaculture to help support the community. While in the planning stages, the principles of the community are conducting workshops to educate potential residents in all of the aspects of sustainable living.

Entertainment at the Oliver Dewey Gazebo will include a variety of music and demonstrations of karate, gymnastics, and tai chi. The S&S Children's Choir, here for the 5th year kicks, off the entertainment schedule at 8:30 am with a program of Earth Day and Patriotic songs. The choir includes 60-70 children who do this for the love of singing. The choir has received a first place rating for three years at the Sandy Lake Fun Fest Competition and have also sung with Sherman and Denison High School Choirs for their Christmas Concerts. Grayson College Music Department will offer a variety of musical styles between 9:30 and 10:30 am. From 10:30 am - 11:00 am, Chrystal Music Circle,an Autoharp Dulcimer Group specializing in songs from a variety of genres such as Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Calypso, Folk, DooWop, and Blues, will perform. This group is made up of women who didn't find time for music until family and job responsibilities lessened and are now passionate about music, playing and singing. The dulcimer group Sonshine Sisters will perform between 11:30 am and noon. Jan Fletcher is performing for the fifth year at the Texoma Earth Day Festival between 12:00 and 12:30 pm. She has been associated with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Lone Star Sound and Vocal Venue, all in the Metroplex. Since moving to the Texoma area in 2007, music performances include an ensemble part in the Sherman Community Players 2008 production of "The Music Man", Rehabilitation Center's "Search for the Stars" 2010-2012 and The Villager's Chorale since 2010. Jan hosts a monthly acoustic music circle in her home. Jan's Musical Memories began in 2005 in the Metroplex to provide vocal entertainment for a variety of senior living facilities.

Allen Hurt has been entertaining music fans since an early age and has written more than 1500 original country songs. Over the years, Allen's music has gained airplay on radio stations throughout the US and Europe. His career would cross paths with music legends such as Ray Price, Don Williams, Bobby Bare, and Del McCoury along with his mentor Porter Wagoner. His musical talents have earned him 14 Gold and 2 Double Platinum music sales awards along with The Texas Music Legends Award in 2005. Continuing to write songs and play the Country music he loves, Allen proudly performs today with his band "The Mountain Showmen" and is a 2012 Inductee into the Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame, Member of the Country Music Association (CMA) and is also an honorary member of the Fort Worth Songwriters Association. He will perform between 1:30 and 2:00 pm. Singer / Songwriter Roy Harkey will perform between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. Roy started making and writing music in his youth. During his college days, he co-wrote (with Harlow Wilcox) and played on a Country song "Groovy Grubworm" that went to #1 on the country charts, and was nominated for a Grammy that same year. Growing up in Norman, he played string bass with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, and the Oklahoma University Lab Band and Symphony, and sang and played guitar with local "Rock & Roll" and "Motown/Soul" Band's in the North Texas & Oklahoma areas. In addition to having a "normal" corporate career, Roy has been a "gigging" solo guitar player/singer for most of his adult life. He has performed a One-Man-Show in Las Vegas, and now specializes in private parties and special events. He has a very large musical repertoire, and covers most musical styles. Roy enjoys playing Old & New Country, Blues, Folk, Ballads, Folk/Rock, Soft Rock, Rockabilly, Doo Wop's, Golden Oldies and Easy Listening music; and can 'mix' enough different types of music during his sets to please everyone in the crowd. Melody Ranch Bits & Pieces, performing from 2:30 to 3:00 pm, specializes in Bluegrass & Gospel. These veteran musicians play together often and share their talents with various groups in Texomaland. This group of musicians has a combined experience of over 150 years! Instruments include guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass. Jill Brown Studios is a vocal/piano performance studio located in Sherman, Texas. Jill Brown has been training children and adults for 30 years in the area. Jill is a professional performer who has performed for President George Bush, opened up for Reba McEntire, Joe Nicols, Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic at the Ft. Worth Stockyards. Brown has also performed the National Anthem for the Texas Rangers many times at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Brown performs in Branson, Missouri and so have many of her featured students. The students performing at the festival will offer a variety of music including country, broadway, some gospel and also inspirational.

Demonstrations include offerings from Sherman Karate, Tai Chi for Health and University of Gymnastics. Sherman Karate will offer a Musical Karate Demonstration. Martial arts class are available to ages 5 and up. Tae Kwon Do forms systems are incorporated as well as self defense techniques derived from Aikido and Jujitsu. Sherman Karate classes are taught by Terry Templeton, a 4th degree black belt with 18 years of martial arts experience and 13 years of instructional experience. Mrs Templeton believes: "It is my mission to guide every student to their potential and to see beyond it. I strive to instill in each student a desire to learn and to achieve their personal best." Tai Chi For Health's Demonstration is from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. Tai Chi is a very old Chinese martial art form. It can be thought of as a slow moving meditation. You get the same benefits of an aerobic workout without the jarring on the joints - which is great for arthritis. In Tai Chi you will learn how to release your stress, improve your balance and prevent falls, strengthen your muscle and bone mass, relax your mind and body, breathe properly, improve your circulation, flexibility and posture. Tai Chi is also known to lower your blood pressure and help with depression. Although you would not think so, every movement is also for self-defense. You are never too old to begin. Debra Williamson is a 4th degree black belt with 28 years experience in the martial arts. She currently is teaching Tai Chi and Karate in the Sherman area at her Dojo in Westwood Village. University of Gymnastics is celebrating more than 30 years in existence as a company, and three years here in Texomaland. U of G is a full service gymnastics studio offering classes for boys and girls ages 18 months to 18 years. University of Gymnastics is home to the U of G Learning Academy (a state licensed Preschool Program) and provides gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling classes year round. U of G was established in 1979 by David and Lynda Rose in Plano, Texas. Director Em Sneed has been an athlete of all sorts throughout her life, focusing on gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling. She trained for eight years at Paris School of Gymnastics and cheered scholastically.

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