Sonnenschein returns to Hohenwald
Hohenwald’s Sunshine Festival, Sonnenschein, comes back to the downtown area the first Saturday in June, bringing music, art, crafts and, most of all, information on how to save, save, save.
With an increased focus on practical, green alternatives to almost every part of today’s life, Sonnenschein will feature nationally-known speakers to address topics designed to help almost anyone save in today’s economy.
The free event is set to begin at the Strand Theatre Hohenwald at 10 a.m. An opening ceremony is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. at the Wilhelm Telplatz Bandstand on Maple Street. Sonnenschein has moved this year — away from the court house to Maple Street — to put into service the newly-restored theatre. “Anyone who has not had an opportunity to view the incredible transformation this corner of downtown has undergone should not miss this chance,” a member of the Hohenwald Arts Council said.
The Art Gallery at The Strand will feature an exhibit organized by curator Rita Grow which is made up of local artists’ work. Selected pieces will be for sale during the day Saturday.
A tribute to the United States military at the opening ceremonies will include the National Guard posting the colors, the Fred E. Lomax Post of the American Legion and music by Christy Shepherd and the Appleton family. Master of ceremonies will be Hohenwald Mayor Don Jones.
A free concert will take place at the bandstand during the day with bluegrass groups will be The Huntleys and the Gordon Reid Band, formerly known as Bluegrass Invasion. Back this year by popular demand including George Clark and the Dixie Flyers.
Many may have missed Clark last year as rains moved in, putting a damper on the number in the crowd. But those who heard this group spoke loudly and the Dixie Flyers are expected to be back.
Will Tell is a brand new group of young musicians who will bring the “new grass” sounds to the stage in Hohenwald. Will Tell features returning artist, Ellen Appleton, along with Steven Bowman and others from the Memphis and Jackson area.
Both Friday and Saturday evenings at 7, the Hohenwald Arts Council will introduce the sounds of The Platters to guests as they welcome Virgil Gibson, former lead singer of the 1950s group. Admission will be charged for this event.
A Sonnenschein Sunday Tour on June 8 will showcase off-grid and grid-tie homes in Lewis County, passive solar, solar hot water heaters, a windmill, alternative vehicles, natural buildings, water catchment systems, organic gardens and more. The tour will be held from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and is free to residents of Tennessee.
For more information, visit www.sunshinefestival.net or call Cindy Ayers at (931) 796-4361 Vendor space may be available.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.08