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The 2014 Nikon-Walkley Awards finalists and the Photo of the Year winner have been announced. The Walkley Awards seek to recognize excellence in Australian media, and in partnership with Nikon, highlight outstanding work in photojournalism across a number of categories. Take a look at this year's finalists and Photo of the Year winner. See gallery
Music will ring out across the Wet Mountain Valley at the 13th annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival this July in the heart of the Rockies. Join us as Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Darol Anger and the Furies, The Hillbenders, Eddie and Martha Adcock with Tom Gray, Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, and Bill Evans, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, The Price Sisters, Art Stevenson and High Water and many other top-notch bluegrass performers converge on Westcliffe, Colorado, for four days of music benefitting non-profit organizations in our community. Come enjoy stunning views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the youth music program, the camaraderie of on-site camping and pickin’, in addition to the full roster of exciting bluegrass performers. The 13th annual festival dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 9 - 12, 2015.
The line-up, of course, includes festival co-hosts, the inimitable Dry Branch Fire Squad and the Sons and Brothers Band’s high-energy harmonies. Joining them will be Steel Pennies, Running Out of Road, Ragged Union, Heidi Clare, Gary Bowman and David Okay Patton. Many of these performers will also conduct workshops throughout the weekend, which will afford festival-goers the opportunity to experience the performers in a more intimate setting. Also in the workshop schedule is the popular children’s program - bring the kids and their instruments! Plus there’s the new Friday and Saturday evening festival tradition: two-stepping and square dancing.
High Mountain Hay Fever 2014 was another great success with about 4,000 attendees. The festival is a nonprofit effort to enhance the Wet Mountain Valley as a quality event destination that benefits the entire community. The festival has raised over $400,000 for Wet Mountain Valley charitable organizations over the twelve years of its existence, including $50,000 in 2014.
High Mountain Hay Fever is also the best deal in bluegrass. Four-Day Passes are only $70 through May 31 and $85 after that date. Single ticket prices are $15 for Thursday evening, $40 for all day Friday, $45 for Saturday, and only $25 for Sunday. Students with a school I.D. can buy a $10 ticket at the gate each day; children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult are admitted free. All tickets will be on sale December 1, 2014, via our website: www.highmountainhayfever.org or may be purchased locally at the following ticket outlet: Candy’s Coffee (106 S. 2nd Street, Westcliffe;
Dry camping and RV parking are available adjacent to the performance grounds for only $10 per space for the entire festival. Camping may be pre-paid in advance through the website, but camping spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow camping areas are nearby, and there are also several full service campgrounds in the area. Complete information on camping, lodging and performers (including videos) is on our website at www.highmountainhayfever.org.
The High Mountain Hay Fever Festival Association is a non-profit organization run by an incredible group of volunteers who work year round to make the festival happen. The festival remains an intimate event, avoiding the sprawl and congestion of large festivals while offering nationally recognized bluegrass talent and remaining true to its motto: “Small Scale, Big Time”.
Kelley Breiding adds her vocal talent to the group. A native of North Carolina, Kelley’s known as “the girl with the big voice.” She grew up playing the piano and guitar, and later became a champion banjo player. Formerly with the old time band Back Step, she helped form the group Kelley and the Cowboys in 2005. She’s performed with many industry greats, and has a bright future in music.
Another member of the group – Jeff Michaels – is well-known to Fold audiences from his time with a bluegrass group favorite – Big Country Bluegrass. Jeff is no longer with Big Country, but he’s working with Spencer Branch and others. Jeff and Kelly’s vocals will “bring down the house.” Jeff is a champion fiddler to boot.
Wayne Dye rounds out the group for this performance, playing mandolin and singing. Wayne is a retired coal miner from Russell County who plays practically anything that has strings on it. Wayne was formerly with the Russell County Boys.
Kilby and Martha grew up surrounded by music. Their parents’ band – the Whitetop Mountain Band – has performed for over four decades. Kilby literally learned to fiddle at the feet of the master – his dad Thornton – and he’s one of the finest old time fiddlers around. Martha plays guitar, fiddle, and bass – and has one of the most beautiful voices in old time music. She cuts a mean rug when she does old time dance, and she captivates an audience. Add the talent of Kelley Breiding and Jeff Michaels, and you have an old time band that fits the Carter Fold and our audience like a saddle on a horse.
Don’t miss Echoes of the Blueridge at the Carter Family Fold. It will be an evening of down-home entertainment and rollicking fun. Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes! You can check out Echoes of the Blueridge on You Tube.
Saturday, November 8th, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a special concert by Echoes of the Blueridge, an old time band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.
Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Incorporated, is a nonprofit, rural arts organization established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www.carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com.
Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. You can visit the Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276-386-6054. The Fold is on Facebook – page Carter Fold – and Twitter – @carterfoldinfo.
When Olympus announced the high-end OM-D E-M1, it promised that it would be making a wideangle zoom and super-telephoto prime in its matching 'PRO' line of lenses. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm 1:2.8 PRO shares many design features with the current 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO, while the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm 1:4 PRO offers a 600mm equivalent angle of view. We got our hands on some pre-production samples at this year's Photo Plus Expo in New York. Click through for pictures