Colorfest 2011, Mentone, Alabama October 14 – 16

Over 75 artists and craftsmen, entertainers, businesses, and food vendors will be on hand at the 29th annual fall festival in Mentone, Alabama, to be held, rain or shine, on October 14 and 16, 2011. Organized by the Mentone Festival Steering Committee composed of members selected by the Mentone Area Preservation Association and the Mentone Area Arts Council, this prestigious event will feature the work of premier artists and craftspeople specializing in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, black & white and color photography, soft and hard sculpture, wood turning and rustic furniture, pottery, forged and cut iron work, wearable art including leather and fabric handbags and handspun clothing, jewelry including fused glass earrings and pendants plus precious and semi-precious metals and stones. “How to” artist demonstrations will take place throughout the Festival both Saturday and Sunday where you can learn to make a Windsor chair, turn a clay pot, or forge a hook.

The Mentone Area Preservation Association will again be raffling off a spectacular handmade quilt.  Quilt Tickets for the quilt raffle are $1.00 and will be sold at Brow Park. The Association will use these funds to support a number of their ongoing projects.

Entertainers from all over Northeast Alabama will be on hand for Colorfest 2011. They will be staged at Brow Park, the Mentone Springs Hotel, and the Mentone Inn.

Toney Goggans, singer and guitarist, will kick off the weekend entertainment during the traditional bonfire, 6:00 PM Friday on the outdoor stage at the Mentone Inn and food will be provided by Mentone’s Moon Lake School.  He will be followed at 7:00 PM by the incredible performance of Watters/Felts Project, an international jazz ensemble featuring vocalist Ingrid Felts, trumpeter Ken Watters, pianist Pete Harrison, bassist Abe Beck, drummer Marcus Pope and percussionist Darrell Tibbs. Their contemporary music, with a jazz flair, will be played at the Mentone Inn Pavilion.

Well known Sand Mountain fiddler Gene Ivey, 85 year old and the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention will kick off Saturday’s entertainment at 10:00 AM at the Brow Park Stage. Gene will be accompanied by  a group of his students group as well as a group of musician friends.

The youngest performer at Colorfest will be Mentone’s own Nicole Jones, 12 year old singer. Bailey Cavalho, local guitarist and singer, and Chris Hale, banjo player, will play throughout the day Saturday at various Mentone locations.

Nature’s Way, with their 50’s and 60’s golden oldies, will be on the Mentone Inn outdoor stage at 5:00 PM on Saturday during Saturday night’s bonfire.  Catfish dinners will be cooked will be cooked on site by One World Adventure Fish Fry and will be available for purchase.

Center stage  Saturday night at the Mentone Inn Pavilion is country singer Leah Seawright  and her band, including Mark Herndon, former drummer for  the band Alabama Leah is now on the country music charts with “Country Girl 101 and has a video for the song, “Country Backroads” which features NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty and NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger. She has opened for several national acts, including Restless Heart, Shenandoah, Exile, John Michael Montgomery and Mark Chestnut.

Sunday’s entertainment will include gospel music, a group of dulcimer players from Mentone, singer and guitarist Eric Watters and Jimmy Finney, and a performance of Sonic Gongs.

At 1:00 PM on Sunday, the Mountain Breeze Equestrian Team hits the Colorfest Trail at the vacant lot across the street from the Post Office on Highway 117. This group of highly skilled, non-professional precision riders has been donating their skills since 2008 at charity benefits to raise funds for children at Christmas and families in need. Led by “Lu Lur” Zimmerman and Mentone’s Kirby Johnston, the group has recently performed at the Rainsville Agricultural Center, Mule Days in Ider, the Alabama Horse Fair, and Trenton Frontier Days.

Brochures outlining the entertainment schedule will be available soon in Mentone stores and restaurants, and will be posted throughout the grounds of the festival.

Colorfest 2011 will also host a Business Festival with representatives from local businesses including camps, service industries, bed and breakfasts, real estate companies, tree cutting and lawn maintenance companies, and many, many, more. The Business Festival will allow residents of the area to learn more about services that are available in the Mentone area and will permit business owners to meet their customers face to face to discuss their needs. Also on hand to greet the public will be the local Humane Society, the Little River Canyon Preservation Association, The Mentone Area Arts Council, the Mentone Area Preservation Association, and several other civic organizations.

Bring the children to take part in a special Children’s Festival that will include an inflatable bounce house, juggler/unicyclist, trout fishing, and pony rides as well as arts and crafts projects that will encourage creativity.

Food vendors will also be on hand at four locations in Mentone to keep you happy and filled for the weekend.

Situated on Lookout Mountain, the quaint and historic town of Mentone provides the perfect getaway destination for all ages and interests. This sophisticated yet relaxed, country village in scenic DeKalb County, Alabama offers unique shopping; live music, art galleries and antiques shops, fine restaurants and casual fare; plus romantic bed & breakfasts and family-friendly hotels;  and some of the most spectacular scenery in the South.