Loganberry Festival returns to the Greenbank Farm

"This summer's Loganberry Festival at the Greenbank Farm is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, with the theme, Meet in the Middle. Event organizers Rae Claybourne and Laura Blankenship have put together an array of food vendors, arts, crafts, hayrides and entertainment, beginning on Saturday at 10 a.m. with local favorite SisterMonk Harem, a group of diverse personalities that has become popular with its signature blend of gypsy funk. The band recently finished an East Coast tour with their second CD scheduled for release on July 3.The Shifty Sailors offer their classic sea chanteys at 11 a.m. under the direction of Vern Olsen, and the rest of the afternoon features the Beverly Graham Band at 12:30 p.m., the Janie Cribbs Band at 2 p.m. and Girl Next Door at 4 p.m.There's more entertainment on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. with the original compositions of No Band Is An Island, performing their spirited renditions of American, Celtic and early music. Following No Band at 1 p.m. will be Linda Good's Island Strings, a group bringing together talent of all ages. Playing with the strings will be participants from this year's Scottish Fiddle Championships in Mount Vernon.At 2 p.m. sax legend Danny Ward and Reality will jazz up the stage for a couple of hours of smooth, sophisticated selections. (You may have seen Danny and his sons Lanny and Benny on David Letterman last week. They were in the audience.)Closing the Loganberry Festival from 4-6 p.m. will be Swamp Mama Johnson, a Northwest tradition playing a non-traditional sound of blues and rock with classic showmanship.Bring the kids for the hay rides and Loganberry pie-eating contests. Bring the family for the food and art and craft booths. Spend the day lounging on the grass while soaking up the sun and spirit.For further information on being a vendor for the festival, call Rae Claybourne at the Greenbank Farm, 221-6002. "

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