Have a berry good time in Greenbank

"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.Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Greenbank Farm is located at State Route 525 and Wonn Road just north of the Greenbank Store.Event organizers Rae Claybourne and Laura Blankenship have put together an array of food vendors, arts, crafts, hayrides and entertainment, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday with local favorite, SisterMonk Harem, a group of diverse personalities that has become popular with its signature blend of gypsy funk. The three musical nomads recently finished an East Coast tour and released their second CD in a Choochokam concert on July 3 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Their music embraces the influences of Brazil, Africa, Cuba, Australia, the Middle East and even New York.The Shifty Sailors offer their classic sea chanteys at 11 a.m. under the direction of Vern Olsen. The rest of the afternoon features the Beverly Graham Band at 12:30 p.m., the Janie Cribbs Band at 2 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 recently. They were in the audience.)Closing the Loganberry Festival from 4 to 6 p.m. will be Swamp Mama Johnson, a Northwest tradition playing a nontraditional sound of blues and rock with classic showmanship. They'll be at the Farm fresh from their Saturday Night Street Dance gig at Choochokam. 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, (360) 221-6002. "

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