|5th Annual Gandy Dancer Festival
Saturday, August 20, 2011
On the Promenade in Mazomanie, Wis.
Mid-Continent's fifth annual Gandy Dancer Festival takes place Saturday, August 20th on the Promenade in Mazomanie, WI. Musical performances on the main stage begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 8:00 in the evening.
Headlining this year's event, and making her second festival appearance, is Grammy award winner Laurie Lewis. Twice named female vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Laurie's stage shows have been described as being “renowned for their musical virtuosity and front-porch friendliness;” making it a perfect complement to the festival's small town, homespun appeal.
Joining Laurie will be her long-time musical partner and mandolin virtuoso Tom Rozum and the other members of her band, The Right Hands. They will take the stage at 6:30 p.m for a ninety minute set that seamlessly combines songs from the bluegrass, country and folk genres.
Somewhere in the mix we hope to hear songs from Laurie's latest CD, Steam & Steel: Songs of Railroad's Golden Age. Laurie produced this limited edition CD of original train songs in collaboration with our historical society, while she, Tom and others from her talented array of musical friends performed the ten selections. This CD can only be purchased through Mid-Continent and will be available at the festival. All sales proceeds will benefit the restoration of Mid-Continent's premiere steam locomotive, the Chicago & North Western No. 1385. To learn more about the creation of this unique product, please visit the Steam & Steel webpage.
Printable map and schedule is HERE (PDF format)
Main Stage Performances emceed by Bill Malone and sponsored by the MG&E Foundation and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission:
- 11:00 a.m. The Avenue Sizzlers
- 12:30 p.m. The Dang-Its
- 2:00 p.m. The Ken Lonnquist Trio
- 3:30 p.m. Above the Town
- 5:00 p.m. Kristy Larson honky tonk trio
- 6:30 p.m. Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Second Tent Performances emceed by Jimmie Hodges and sponsored by Cardinal Solar Technologies and the Peoples' Community Bank:
- 12:00 & 1:00 p.m. The Ken Lonnquist Trio's children's shows
- 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Face Painting by Jolly Giant
- 1:30 p.m. Open jam session with Above the Town
- 3:00 p.m. Meet the Headliner with Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
- 4:00 p.m. Sing along with Wild Hog in the Woods
The Gandy Dancer Festival is well known for its many family-oriented activities taking place around the grounds throughout the day. And just like the musical performances all of these activities are free to the public. Locations and start times vary so a map of the festival grounds will be available as a handout when you arrive at the Promenade.
- 11:00 - 5:00 p.m. Gandy Dancer demonstration by Dave Lee
- 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides courtesy of Cornerstone Carriages
- 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Lions Club mini-train ride sponsored by the State Bank of Cross Plains
- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Junior History Detective Program sponsored by Three Laurels Gift Shop (Register at the Mazomanie Free Library)
- 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Stiltwalkers provided by the Mazomanie Circus Camp
- 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Juggling demonstrations by the Oregon Juggling Club
- All day - Hula hoops provided by the Mazomanie Movement Arts Center
- Gandy Dancer Festival t-shirt and Steam & Steel CD sales by Mid-Continent
- John Kelly book seller
- Hawk Creek photography sales
- Forest Academy Alpacas weaving demonstration & hat sales
- Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association
- Operation Lifesaver
- Pro Rail
- Wild Hog in the Woods
- Pam Cashman - helium balloons
New this year will be the Art Yard presented by the Madison Children's Museum with the help of Bobbie Malone, organizer of the Junior History Detective Program. Details were not available at the time of this posting, but the activity is intended to take place in the early afternoon under the Exhibitors' Tent.
Food Vendors (See the Day-of-Show map for locations):
- Old Feed Mill Restaurant
- Mazo Deli
- Mission South
- Wall Street Gallery
- Boy Scouts
- Kettle Corn
- Gordon's Drive-in
- Heritage Kitchen
- United Church of Christ
- Harrop's Ice Cream Truck
- Bay 5 Diner
You will also find plenty of food and beverage items for sale by these local service groups and businesses. Beer and wine may also be purchased and carried within the confines of the festival grounds as long as beverages are in plastic containers and the person is wearing a designated wristband. No carry-ins of alcoholic beverages are allowed.
This is a free event. Donations are accepted and may be made at any of the Donation Stations located around the Promenade. All proceeds will benefit the restoration of steam locomotive Chicago & North Western No. 1385.
Please share this information with your family and friends and then plan to join us, Saturday, August 20th on the Promenade in Mazomanie for this highly entertaining, day-long event, filled with good music, good food, and good fun.
Printable map and schedule is HERE (PDF format)
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