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11th Annual Mississippi Earthtones Festival

ALTON – The Mississippi Earthtones Festival, co-organized by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, is a celebration of our river through art, music, and conservation. The 3rd Saturday in September has been proclaimed as “Mississippi Earthtones Festival Day” in the City of Alton, and the 11th Annual event falls on September 16th, promising to attract thousands of people to Broadway. The street will be closed to traffic between Alton Street and Henry Street from Noon until 10:00 p.m.

This year’s theme is “pollinators”, and local artists will fill the grounds with beauty and creativity in this motif, which will visually enhance the festival for visitors through interactive art experiences.

Thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water, five artists have been commissioned to build large art installations throughout the grounds. The Riverbend Yarn Bombers are knitting crocheting a colorful garden full of flowers and bugs that will be displayed on the pedestrian bridge, which leads to 500 parking spots for attendees. Artist Sun Smith-Foret will be exhibiting textile art panels from her “Riverwork Project” that were created with youth from the Art of Universal Language program.

Dozens of local artisans will offer their nature-inspired, hand-made, and environmentally-friendly wares. You’ll find wearable art such as tie dyes, knit clothing, crocheted accessories, and upcycled jewelry.

A variety of handcrafted body care products will be available, such as plant-based and goat milk soaps and organic essential oils. You’ll also find unique home décor, nature themed artwork and photography. Other functional handmade items available for purchase include hand turned wooden bowls and vessels, hardwood kitchen utensils and bird houses. At 12:30, the By Design School of Fashion will present a Recycled Fashion Show; designers are still welcome to submit garments made from materials that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill or recycling facility.

Again this year, guests will enjoy watching street artists draw large colorful mandalas and other works of art with chalk during the event. Anyone interested in learning the art of hoop dancing is welcome to attend two free workshops offered by the Hoop Factory at 1:30 and 4:00. Right before the headlining band takes the stage at 7:00, guests will enjoy “Colorfest” where anyone interested in being turned into a human tie-dye canvas can purchase packets of brightly-colored corn starch to toss into the air in a designated area. Dress appropriately, or grab a complimentary white t-shirt that will be distributed on-site.

“At the MEF, local artists are given the opportunity to let their creativity run wild, and we showcase our region’s environmental organizations as well as local businesses that are working to help “green” residents’ lives,” said Sara McGibany, Executive Director of Alton Main Street. “We encourage the community to join us for this momentous occasion and spend the day exploring Broadway.”

There will be several agencies on hand to teach consumers how to incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily routines, along with companies featuring Earth-friendly products and services. “Festival-goers will have many chances to have a positive effect on the environment that day,” said Christine Favilla, Three Rivers Project Coordinator for the Sierra Club. “They can get easy tips on things such as winterizing their homes and conserving water, or bring along the following materials to be recycled: plastic plant pots, cell phones, eyeglasses, hearing aids, old home garden tools and clean plastic food containers to be made into percussion instruments for music-making at the event.”

A variety of fun and educational activities are planned for families. You check out a daystar solar scope at The Nature Institute booth, paint with plants at the Community Cultivators booth, and learn about macroinvertebrates as biological indicators of water pollution with the National Great Rivers Research Education Center. The Sierra Club will offer an instrument making booth using natural or re-used materials. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will offer their interactive Wildlife Trailer and felt fishing game for kids.

The Community Supported Garden at LaVista will offer information on supporting local sustainable agriculture; the Alton Museum of History Art will present on river history and folk art from our area, the Better Building Institute will teach about energy efficiency and zero-energy home building. The McCully Heritage Project Center for American Archaeology will highlight programs in Kampsville share info about archaeology in the Illinois River Valley.

Other special features include a bicycle course designed by Heartlands Conservancy, where kids will learn the rules of the road and citizens will engage in discussion about the City’s bicycle pedestrian plan currently in the works. Rogue Theater will be presenting a street theater area with a performance that dovetails with the environmental message of the festival. At 4:00, three local champions for the environment will be presented with the Confluence Conservation Leadership Award.

Many animal experts will be on-hand at MEF for questions and answers. Learn about and visit with rehabilitated creatures at the Treehouse Wildlife Center booth, and get up close and personal with a bald eagle and a barred owl with the World Bird Sanctuary.

Wind-powered music will fill the air from two stages throughout the day. The entertainment line-up on the Main Stage will feature The Mellow D’s performing funky jam rock from 2:00-4:00, Hideous Gentlemen playing American Bottom Rock from 4:30-6:30, a drum circle from 6:30-7:00, and from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Jake’s Leg will perform their interpretation of the music of the Grateful Dead, as they have been doing in the St. Louis region for over 35 years. The Confluence Stage will feature Bob Me performing Jazz from Noon–1:30 p.m., Foraker Harbison performing bluesy dancing tunes from 2:00-4:00, Amalghemy creating Earth rhythms from 4:00-4:30, and Ahna Schoenhoff, a rhythmic Blues Singer-Songwriter performs from 4:30-6:30.

Be sure to come hungry because there will be a great selection of local food beverages on site from The Old Bakery Beer Company who will be serving food as well as craft beer and beer slushies, Bluff City Grill serving pulled pork and chicken sandwiches along with a variety of loaded nachos and domestic beers, Indian Sunshine Cuisine offering Indian, Punjabi and Bulgarian cuisine with great vegetarian options, Team Honduras serving grilled corn on the cob, walking tacos and sliced watermelon, Kona Ice – a shaved ice truck where you pour your own flavors, Bubba Grump Smoked Pretzels, and a festival wouldn’t be complete without a bag of Poputopia gourmet flavored popcorn or Hot Poppin’ Kettle Corn!

Broadway businesses are preparing to roll out the red carpet for the crowd, and a number of shops will have displays and merchandise on the sidewalk. There is ample parking for festival attendees in the Farmers’ Artisans’ Market parking lot, located at 501 Landmarks Blvd.; guests can simply walk across the pedestrian bridge directly to the event. Handicapped parking is available at the Crown Vision Center corporate office, located at the southwest corner of Broadway and Alton Streets, between Mineral Springs Mall Wilson’s Antiques.

Volunteers are needed at the festival grounds, and anyone who pitches in will receive a free festival t-shirt. Sign up on the Events page of For the first time, the MEF River Clean Up will take place the following Saturday, Sept. 23rd. instead of the morning of the festival. Boats will ferry volunteers to clean up riverbanks and islands from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and pre-registration is required to reserve your seat. Volunteers can sign up in person at the festival or register online. 27.2 tons of trash have been removed from the Mississippi River during MEF clean-ups to date, with more than 20,000 volunteer hours contributed so far. To depart for the cleanup, volunteers will cross the Clark Bridge into Missouri, take a left at the first gas station and follow the signs far down the road below the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.

This festival is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in September, as part of the State of Illinois’ “It’s Our River Day” initiative to celebrate Illinois watersheds through education, recreation and conservation. Alton’s free community river celebration would not be possible without the generosity of its sponsors. Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club express their sincere appreciation to the following local businesses and organizations for supporting the event: The Telegraph,, WBGZ Radio, AdVantage News, Simmons Hanly Conroy, Alton Regional Convention Visitors Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency, Madison County Planning Development, Ardent Mills, Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton Materials, It’s Raining Zen, IL Natural History Survey Great Rivers Field Station, Bluff City Grill, The Old Bakery Beer Co., Lewis Clark Community College, Mississippi Mud Pottery and Heartlands Conservancy.

To register for any of these activities, check out the festival map, read the festival’s “Green Guidelines” or sign up to volunteer please visit To stay up-to-date on announcements, please visit:

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14th annual Vermont Woodworking & Forest Festival returns to Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum

News Release — Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association
September 12, 2017

Erin Lorentz, Vermont Wood Manufacturers Assoc.
[email protected]

WOODSTOCK, Vermont-Calling all lovers of farms, forests, and fine woodworking! This fall, one event celebrates those great aspects of Vermont. The Vermont Woodworking Forest Festival will be held on Saturday Sunday, September 23-24, 2017 in Woodstock, Vermont at the Billings Farm Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park from 10am to 5pm each day! The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association has held this event for the past 14 years and has once again been named a Top TEN FALL EVENT from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce! The event has been held in historic Woodstock for the past 13 years, which is a quintessential Vermont town that attracts visitors from around the globe being easily accessible from the interstates and part of the Crossroads of Vermont Scenic Byway. As our hosts and partners, the farm and park provide the perfect Vermont experience for visitors from all over the US!

The farm and park are directly across the street from each other so visitors can park for free at Billings Farm and enjoy both events easily! Visit and shop with about 20 Vermont artisan vendors and woodworking demonstrators who will be in the Visitor Center, barn, and on the farm lawn. Vermont wooden furniture, utensils, jewelry, cutting boards, home kitchen accessories other woodenware, toys, wildlife carvings, bowls, and all other products made of wood will be for sale.

The scenic backdrop of the Farm along with live music by local musician Mike Kelley, wood fired pizza and BBQ, provides a perfect accompaniment for shopping or watching live turning demonstrations outdoors. Enjoy seeing how things are made with traditional spring pole lathe turning, modern bowl making, carving, and more. Kids can give wood crafting a try for themselves! While at the farm meet the draft horses, sheep, jersey cows and chickens as you discover more about Vermont’s farming and forest heritage. Billings Farm, as always, will have their cheese for sale in their gift shop. Just across the street, visitors can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the foliage, forest walks, additional woodworking demonstrations, make your own wood crafting, and other family activities at Vermont’s only National Park.

Vendors currently include well known wood artisans from around our state, like Andrew Pearce Bowls, ClearLake Furniture, Rockledge Farm Woodworks, Copeland Furniture, T. Breeze Verdant Jewelry, Kettler Woodworks, Green Mountain Woodturning, Birds in Wood, Art Wolff Wildlife Sculpting, Maple Landmark Woodcraft, Vermont Farm Table, Vermont Tree Goods, Pompanoosuc Mills, and others. Please check out or call 802-747-7900, email [email protected] for most information about admission, parking, and activities planned. Admission ranges from free (under 3) to $14 (adults). Free parking available on site.

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UMW Arts & Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

UMW Arts  Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

UMW Arts Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

Photos providedThe 4th Annual UMW Arts Crafts Show will be held Sept. 30 at the La Porte County Fairgrounds.

UMW Arts  Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

UMW Arts Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

UMW Arts  Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

UMW Arts Crafts Show set for Sept. 30

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:38 pm

UMW Arts Crafts Show set for Sept. 30



La PORTE — One of La Porte County’s fastest growing events is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, at the La Porte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W. SR 2. It’s the 4th annual UMW Arts Crafts Show that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features more 80 artists and crafters from Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. They will be showcasing their unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items.

Festival-goers will be able to visit vendor booths located inside two large, temperature-controlled buildings. Both are handicapped accessible and there is ample parking. There are no parking or entrance fees.

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Be our guest! Upscale cookware brand Le Creuset cashes in on Disney movie success with a pricey $280 Beauty and …

  • Only 1,000 units will be released, on September 15
  • They’re the color of Belle’s ball gown and the lids are painted with roses and the inscription ‘Be Our Guest’
  • Le Creuset and Williams Sonoma released a similar item in blue earlier this year; it’s sold out and now going for up to $600 on the secondhand market
  • The brand also released a new ‘millennial pink’ collection of cookware this week  

Carly Stern For



Le Creuset is bringing some magic to the kitchen for 1,000 very enthusiastic Disney fans — and they don’t even technically need to be great cooks.

The French cookware brand has announced that on September 15 it will begin selling a limited run of soup pots inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

The heavy yellow pot, which pays homage to Belle’s famous yellow ball gown, features two red roses on the lid and the inscription ‘Be Our Guest’ on the handle.

The dining room proudly presents… your dinner! Le Creuset’s new Beauty and the Beast-inspired soup pot will go on sale September 15

Tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie! The $280 pots are the color of Belle’s ball gown and have ‘Be Our Guest’ written on the handle — but 1,000 will be made

Unfortunately, these pots don’t sing: Naturally, the pots were inspired by Lumière’s big song in Beauty and the Beast

The new addition to the brand holds 2 3/4 quarts and costs a whopping $280. Though that’s a typical price for the high-end brand, it’s also a relative bargain compared to how much they’re sure to fetch on the secondhand market. 

In March, the company released its first Beauty and the Beast item: a blue ‘Be Our Guest’ pot, which looked nearly identical to the new ones except for the color.

They pots were a collaboration with Williams Sonoma in honor of the release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast film, and Le Creuset also shared several Be Our Guest-inspired recipes on its website for things like squash soup du jour and cheese souffle.

Though only 500 of the blue pots were sold and are officially sold out, a few can be found on eBay and from other resellers starting at about $375 and going as high as $600.

A culinary cabaret: In March, Le Creuset and Williams Sonoma sold 500 units of a blue version, which have sold out and are going for up to $600 on eBay

Mrs. Potts would be proud: The pots came out in honor of the live-action film released earlier this year

Magic: The demand was so big that they decided to release another version

Faye Gooding, CEO of Le Creuset of America, said the brand recognized the high demand and decided on a second run.

‘We realized both Le Creuset and Disney fans are hungry for more, which led to the creation of the soup pot inspired by Belle’s beautiful yellow dress,’ she said.

‘Disney is an iconic brand that brings nostalgia and delight to people of all ages,’ Janet Hayes, president of WIlliams Sonoma, said in February. ‘In partnership with Le Creuset, Williams Sonoma is pleased to offer this special-edition pot to those who loved the original film and the next generation who gets to experience this legendary story for the first time.’

People who were children at the time of the original film’s 1991 release are all in their late 20s and early to mid 30s now.

So pretty! Also this week, Le Creuset released a new pink collection

Seriously sweet: The brand calls the dusty color ‘sugar pink’

Trendy: Fans, though, have quickly dubbed it 'millennium pink'

Trendy: Fans, though, have quickly dubbed it 'millennium pink'

Trendy: Fans, though, have quickly dubbed it ‘millennial pink’

Fancy cookware: The 23-piece collection is priced $6 to $300

Want! Want! The collection has earned a lot of buzz on social media

The French press is $68

Some of the more affordable items include a $12 pie bird

Cute: Some of the more affordable items include a $12 pie bird

A quick hit: This cast iron skillet goes for $165

Pricey: This trivet, which elevates hot plates and pans from the table, costs $75

On the cheaper side: There’s also a $5 teaspoon and $26 spoon rest (pictured)

And Le Creuset is catering to that generation in another way, too: This week the company released a new ‘sugar pink’ collection of cookware, which many excited shoppers are calling ‘millennial pink’.

The 23-piece collection comes in a dusty pink hue and ranges in price from $6 to $300.

The highest-ticket item, a $300 dutch oven, is a Le Creuset favorite. There’s also a $180 saucepan, $165 skillet, $68 French press, $50 pie dish, and $68 au gratin dish.

There are five storage canisters of varying sizes, too, as well as a $50 utensil crock, mugs, and a $6 teaspoon and $26 spoon rest.

The new collection has already garnered an excited reaction on Instagram, where thousands have expressed interest. 

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The Dobson Digest: Made-in-Miami Winart Pottery still collected by enthusiasts

In the 1950’s, a company that specialized in unique pottery and dishware was lured to Miami by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.

The product’s brand originated from the merging of the couple’s last names who owned the business, Clara Winchell and David Arter. They would enjoy a robust business until the early 70s.

First manufactured in Sapulpa, OK, the Arters agreed to relocate their pottery factory/showroom in Miami at the site of the present-day Braum’s Ice Cream store, 2215 North Main. They set up shop in the Pierce Pennant Terminal building, an early-day upscale travel center boasting Colonial revival architecture built in the 20s.

At one time the factory employed eight men and women. An early newspaper article spotlighting local industry reported a production of “$75,000 worth of beautiful dinnerware pieces which eventually grace homes in almost every state in the union and parts of Canada.”

The company produced clay casseroles, salt and pepper shakers, pitchers, dinnerware, coffee services, beverage sets, ash trays, oven ware, lazy suzans, salad bowl sets and other decorative pieces.

The pottery was designed exclusively by the Arters and was sold in retail stores in major cities.

Mr. Arter would attend markets in large cities to promote Winart.

Each piece would begin from a lump of Tennessee clay mixed with talc from Texas in the basement of the plant. Other materials are added to make the “batter.”

The mixture would then be aged and agitated in a 1,500-gallon tank and placed in plaster of Paris molds.

Items would then be removed from the molds, trimmed and finished before being fired six hours in 2000-degree heat in the plant’s kiln.

The next step included the item being dipped in a colored glaze, once again returning to the kiln.

A case is on display at the Dobson Museum, filled with a variety of Winart pottery with its unique “drip” design feature.

Eventually Winart Pottery relocated to Steve Owens Blvd., known then as Third Avenue Southeast at the site of present-day Enterprise Rent-a-Car and a personal loan business.

The “Serendipity Shop” showcased seven styles of coffee mugs, coffee services, dinnerware, pitchers, and ashtrays. The pottery was available in the “finest Majolica glazes” in twelve colors. The company also offered a special line of decorated coffee mugs created to a customer’s specifications.

The showroom also featured imports from 32 countries including baskets from Poland, Yugoslavia, Spain and Portugal. Woodcarvings from Kenya, copper and brass pitchers and plaques from Belgium and Holland could be purchased.

Glass candy boxes, decanters, vases and figurines from Czechoslovakia and bud vases from Sweden were also available.

There were music boxes from Germany, hand-carved olive wood camels from Bethlehem and figurines from the finest Venetian glass from Italy.

In 2010 a feature story appeared in the Miami News-Record by Mary Ellis that focused on the extensive Winart collection owned by Miamian Judy Judkins who had obtained nearly 400 pieces.

Today, collectors still treasure the unique pottery. A vintage collection of four coffee cups from the 50s is advertised on eBay for around $50, a single dinner plate on Etsy for $30.

There’s much more to see at the Dobson Museum, where there is no admission charge.

Hours are Sun., Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 1 to 4 p.m.

A special salute to Dorothy Amphlett, the Ottawa County Historical Society volunteer of the month for September. She serves as the organization’s treasurer and donates many hours each week in this capacity.

Let’s make history together!

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When it comes to mixers, KitchenAid stand mixers are in a class of their own. In addition to mixing batters and kneading doughs, these mixers work with a wide array of attachments. If you own a KitchenAid already, you are only one attachment away from making your own pasta, straining and grinding fruits and vegetables, making sausage, spiralizing vegetables, creating homemade ice cream, grinding your own flour, or turning your mixer into a food processor.

Most of the attachments in our guide work with all KitchenAid mixers. The Pasta Extruder Attachment is the only accessory on our list that doesn’t fit every model.

We poured over the expert and user reviews to find out which attachments are worth buying based on value, long-lasting performance, and versatility. We chose the KitchenAid attachments for our guide after assessing the most common positive and negative attributes of the most popular accessories available.

The best KitchenAid attachments include the 3-Piece Pasta Roller Cutter Attachment Set, the Fruit Vegetable Strainer Set with Food Grinder Attachment, the Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core Slice, the Pasta Extruder Attachment, the Ice Cream Maker Attachment, the All Metal Grain Mill Attachment, and the Food Processor Attachment.

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