Friday, April 25, 2008

Festivals: the green and the yellow

NOTE: I hope you were smart enough to look more closely at the poster for Feet To the Fire and see that the festival is two weekends from now, on May 10.

As the weather warms up, the idea of outside activity is natural.

Coming up there are two big festivals in the area.

The very first Feet to the Fire Festival takes place Saturday May 10 at Veterans Park in Middletown, with music, a farmers' market and demonstrations of ways in which we can live in ecological balance on this small planet.

Over in Meriden, it's the annual Meriden Daffodil Festival at Hubbard park, and while the carnival rides, the fried dough, and the horrendous parking, are distractions, the music is always great.

Appearing as headliner this year is Eric Burdon, with the current lineup of the Animals. Word is that Hilton Valentine, an original Animal who now lives in Connecticut, will be part of the band. Other music includes a Connecticut panoply of roots and rock, including the Reducers, Mark Mulcahy, Mighty Purple, Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard, River City Slim and the Zydeco Hogs, the Manchurians and Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez.

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