Letter: Fine Arts Festival’s 14th season rolls on

By on February 6, 2013

KANELAND—After a spectacular start with the fourth annual Lee Murdock Hometown Concert, featuring guest star Anne Hills, the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s 14th season will continue to be an outstanding one.

This year, we invite you to participate in a fine arts activity within the Kaneland School District as we support the spectacular music, art and drama programs throughout the district. In addition, the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival (KCFAF) will institute what we hope to be the first annual KCFAF Artist in Residence program. Funded by a grant from the Kaneland Foundation, the KCFAF Artist in Residence program brings an artist into the schools to partner with art teachers and students to inspire creation at every level. This year’s artist in residence is Eric Nye, a visual artist from Chicago.

Mr. Nye will be an artist presenting at the 14th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 21, where schools will show the progress that they are making working with Mr. Nye in their classrooms.

Tickets are still available for the Cavern Beat concert, which will take place at the Kaneland Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. The Cavern Beat is often compared to the jukebox for sounding so much like the real thing. Performing the music of The Beatles true to their records, every performance is as outstanding as the next, with vintage instruments, amplifiers and authentic suits in the famous Fab Four style for full effect. It is the band’s mission to replicate and bring back to life the excitement of the original recordings and live performances from the Cavern Club era onward.

This year, the Cavern Beat will be joined by choir members from the Kaneland Harter Middle School’s Midknight Special. Tickets are currently on sale at www.kanelandartsfestival.org. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. There is no charge for preschool-age children.

Adults should mark their calendars for the fourth annual Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Fine Arts Feast raises money for the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival’s events and programs, including the second annual KCFAF Fine Arts Scholarship, given to a graduating senior going into the fine arts. The fourth annual Kaneland Summer Theatre Production will be announced at the feast. Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant in Sugar Grove generously sponsors this event by providing the delicious food and lovely Pine Room for the evening.

The cost to attend the feast is free; however, throughout the evening, there will be an opportunity to hear from the committee members of the KCFAF and donate to the Fine Arts Festival through a free-will offering. A silent auction will also take place. This event is only for adults. RSVPs can be sent to maria.drippspaulson@kaneland.org.

Lastly, the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is always looking for volunteers. Consider signing up for one of our upcoming events through our festival sign-up program, www.signupgenius.com. Laura McPhee, volunteer coordinator for the KCFAF, will post events on the Sign Up Genius website. You’ll also find events to sign up for, including ushering, working in the box office, serving refreshments and many more jobs that make the Festival’s events a success.

Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School students can receive CORT and GIVE hours for their time working with the Festival. Questions should be emailed to laura.mcphee@kaneland.org.

Maria Dripps-Paulson
Executive director, Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival