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Earth Day Texoma 2014 has announced a full roster of entertainment for its sixth annual outing April 26
Article By: by Earth Day Festival
Posted: 4/16/2014 Views: 5338  Impressions: 19050
Categories: Entertainment: Events, Entertainment: Tourism, Home Life: Environmental, Local News, Social Services: Social Issues

Acts and demonstrations at the free, family-oriented event range from cowboy storytelling and tribal bellydancing to a children's choir, a kids karate demonstration, and a "trash fashion" show, running in two different venues throughout the day.
Headlining the event is acclaimed Dallas teenaged singer/songwriter Emily Claire Shlesinger, who has performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Six Flags Over Texas, House of Blues, and Hard Rock Café among others. During the festival, she will be on the Gazebo (Main) Stage from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
Lanny Joe Burnett, a well-known local poet, storyteller and singer, will appear on the Gazebo stage 1:00-1:30 pm. A cowboy all his life, Burnett has been nominated as "Cowboy Poet of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists and the Western Music Association and has performed in venues from Central Asia to West Texas.
Grayson County Music Dept. will showcase students and faculty performing a variety of genres in solo and ensemble settings from noon to 12:30 pm in the Gazebo. GCMD will also have a booth at the festival, where used musical instruments in any condition will be collected. Donated instruments that are still playable will be used by GC music students; others will be transformed into art projects.
Little Goddess Trybe, an "American Tribal Bellydance Troupe," is a Denison(TX)-based dance group that teaches and performs American Tribal Style Bellydance. For its 1:30-2:00 pm presentation in the Gazebo, the dancers will use movements, steps, and cues to perform an improvisational dance that appears to be choreographed.
Other musical acts on the Gazebo stage include: the popular S&S Elementary Choir of third-to-fifth-graders from Sherman, performing 8:30-9:30 am; Jan Fletcher singing her "Musical Memories," which she performs at private parties and other venues throughout the Metroplex and recently at Fulbelli's Restaurant in Sherman (9:15-10:00 am); and Melody Ranch Ramblers, a bluegrass band of seasoned musicians who enjoy making music (2:00-2:30 pm). The Ramblers band is based at Melody Ranch, which sits between Howe and Tom Bean TX. Colton Jacobson has become one of YouTube's most promising young artists, with more than 6 million views. The singer is Twitter VERIFIED and has gained over 36 Thousand Facebook Fans and 155 Thousand Twitter Followers, building a foundation of fans that are truly inspired by his music. Colton released his debut album "Unstoppable" in January 2013 to help bring awareness to the epidemic of bullying.
Also appearing in the Gazebo are two demonstrations: Tai Chi for Health, a very old Chinese martial art form consisting of slow, graceful movements that give benefits of an aerobic workout without jarring the joints (12:30-1:00 pm); and the Sherman Karate martial arts class for children aged 5 and older, which incorporates elements of Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and Jujitsu.
Another presentation in the Gazebo will be "Trashion," a runway-style fashion show by the Grayson County Visual Arts Dept. that features "upcycled" items which were discarded but which have been repurposed for garments or home-décor use.
Besides the Gazebo stage performances, a Children's Tent will feature the following acts and demonstrations: Red River Valley Dulcimer Club, a group of musicians from both Texas and Oklahoma that use traditional instruments (both mountain and hammered dulcimers, banjo, guitar, fiddle, and bass fiddle) to produce traditional music of yesteryear (9:30-10:15 am);
Devonshire Recorder Consort, a group of three local women (Mary Jo Tonelli, Carla Murphy, and Lois Roberts) who play classical pieces and folk tunes for local nursing homes and events such as Earth Day (10:15-11:00 am);
"The Sacred Songstress," Zedrouth Reich, who performs songs of healing, both physical and emotional (noon-12:45 pm); and
Chrystal Music Circle, a circle group of individuals who play acoustic musical instruments at all skill levels, presenting a variety of bluegrass, gospel, and folk music (1:00-1:45 pm).
The 11:00-12:00 pm hour is left open at both performance venues to encourage festival participants to hear festival keynote speaker Dan Lepinski, an expert in living "off the grid" by utilizing solar and wind energy to power homes. His 11:00 am talk is titled "Building Green Isn't Just for Experts."
More information about all Earth Day Texoma 2014 activities for the entire family is available at

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