Thursday, September 18, 2008

9/21/08 - Ester: 3rd Annual Li-Berry Music Festival & Berry Pie Throwdown!

Thanks to the Ester Public Library for letting us know about this fun sounding event this weekend:

3rd Annual Li-Berry Music Festival & Berry Pie Throwdown!

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008
Time: 1:00-6:00 pm
Location: The Blue Loon, 2999 Parks Highway
Cost: $10 at the door

Come celebrate berry season, books, and music at the third annual Li-Berry Music Festival, and join us for some foot-stomping music and a pie-baking contest. This lively event will feature Acousta-Moose, ArlyJylz, Steve Brown & the Bailers, and Fiddlehead Red, and raises money to heat the John Trigg Ester Library. Pie-bakers wishing to enter the contest must bring their entries to the event no later than 2:30 pm. Pies must include berries; $2 entry fee. Fabulous prizes! Pie slices will be shared with the audience (if the judges leave any!) for donations. Contact Deirdre Helfferich at 479-3368 or, or go to for more information.

The acoustic version of the popular band GaNgly MoOse, Acousta-Moose includes Eric Graves on guitar and George Gianokopoulos on bass, along with Gangly members Kliff Hopson, John Knechtel, and Dave Parks.

This duo plays regularly at the Silver Spur and other clubs around Fairbanks. Loren Arly Kuhl (Vocals, Guitar, Six String Banjo, Bass, Harmonica) and Stephen Jylz Kircher (Guitar, Fiddle, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Mandolin, Vocals) have been playing together for around six years, and play country, southern rock, and Americana.

Steve Brown & the Bailers
This trio plays "a fine blend of Fairbanks folk." Steve Brown and the Bailers have been working up a good set of timeless originals and old favorites for your acoustical listening enjoyment. Give a listen to Steve Brown’s lyrics, Robin Feinman’s vocals, and Todd Denick’s thumpin’ bass.

Far North Fiddlehead Red
Formerly known as Red Square, Fiddlehead Red is an acoustic / folk / newgrass band. Members include Andrew Parkerson-Gray (Guitars, Banjo, Vocals), Shiloh Parkerson-Gray (Vocals, Flute), Rachel DeTemple (Fiddle, Recorder, Vocals, Stomp), and Mandy Booth (Bass, Vocals).

Pie Contest

This oh-so-delicious part of the Li-Berry Music Festival celebrates the annual berry bounty to be found in the Alaskan Interior. Test your pie-making skills to the sound of great music!

1. Pies must include berries, and be home-made (no store-bought!) Berries may be those traditionally thought of as berries or any by the strict botanical definition. Savory or sweet pies accepted.
2. $2 entry fee per pie. Multiple pie submissions by the same cook are perfectly fine.
3. Judges may be bribeable, but no guarantees. Cash bribes will be donated to the library (but you earn brownie points for those!).
4. Bring pies to the Blue Loon between 1 and 2:30 and register your entry. Judging begins at 2:30 sharp.
5. Award categories will be determined by the judges at the time of the contest. Winners will be announced at the music festival, and fabulous prizes (of course) awarded.
6. Leftover slices will be offered up to the audience for donation.

John Trigg Ester Library
PO Box 468 • Ester, AK 99725

This even makes me wish Juneau was on the road system. I'd drive up! If you're within driving distance, consider this Sunday treat.

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