Who-Fest & Who-Too! Applications

Howdy Whofesters!

We had some fits and starts getting the website updated and the online forms to all work properly, but applications for ALL of our signature events (Who-Fest, Who-Too!, Faux Bridges and One Bridge) are now available in one convenient location on the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore website.  They can be found on the new “forms” page, www.winderbinder.com/forms

In our continued commitment to make our shows as affordable as possible for our artists, we are now offering a 25% discount for those who would like to participate in both Who-Fest [13] (May 11th & 12th) and Who-Too! (September 28th & 29th).  Full payment must be made by the Who-Fest deadline.  The discount lets you participate in the 2nd show for half price!

 

 

 

 

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A Who-Too Thank You.

A big thanks to Kara, Erin, Tina and her mom + all the great artists and musicians + our wonderful patrons + the weather man (with additional thanks to the Parks and Rec crew, Eddy Chamberlin, and David Grigsby). I apologize if I have forgotten anyone (I am sure I did). –David

We’ll see y’all in 237 days at Who-Fest [13] Folk Art Festival!

 

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Who-Too updates on Facebook

For updates, photos galleries, and more throughout Who-Too, check out our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/whofest (or click the icon on the right side of the page)

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Who-Too! Application is now live

The Who-Too online application and PDF are now active.  Just click the link above.

If you participated in Who-Fest this May and pay by July 15th, you will have the option to keep your same booth space (or have priority to pick a new space from the those available)

UPDATE:  Apparently the submit button was left off of the live application, the problem has now been resolved.

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Who-Too!

Didn’t get enough of Who-Fest this year?  We gotcha covered.

After the overwhelming response from the artists and patrons about the move to Coolidge Park, the management team at Winder Binder has decided to host 2nd Who-Fest event in the fall…Who-Too!

We placed a reservation with the City of Chattanooga first thing Monday morning and expect a positive response from the Parks and Rec Department.  The tentative date is September 15th and 16th, so save the date!

 

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Photos from Who-Fest.

There are a bunch of great photos from Who-Fest posted on our Facebook page by clicking HERE.

 

 

 

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It’s Officially Who-Fest Week!

The staff of Winder Binder and our wonderful volunteers will be busy little bees all week preparing for Who-Fest [12] at Coolidge Park.

You may notice, all the header links (above) have been updated, including a full list of participating artists and musicians.

For all the latest updates, make sure to check out the Who-Fest Facebook page: Who-Fest [12]

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Application Posted for Who-Fest [12]

Who-Fest [12] application is now updated.

This year we have also added a handy online application…and you can now pay online too!

And, we have also added a payment plan (we know how tight money is January/February).

We are so excited about the big move to Coolidge Park!

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Save the date: May 12th & 13th, Who-Fest [12]

Big news from Chattanooga. After five years at Renaissance Park, Who-Fest has tentative approval from the City of Chattanooga to move to Coolidge Park for 2012. For those who don’t live here, Coolidge Park is the most popular park in Chattanooga. We will also be moving the date back from Memorial Day Weekend to the middle of May.

As with any major changes, there is a lot to consider (lots of pros and cons). We consulted a number of officials and artists before making the change. All involved unanimously agreed this move will be a big step up for the festival.

So what are the pros and cons?

Pros
1) More exposure. As mentioned before, Coolidge is the most popular park in Chattanooga, daily attendance in the summer numbers in the thousands. The park sits directly between the Walnut St and Market St Bridge, directly on the Tennessee River. The Carousel, the Fountain and the Delta Queen make up the “corners” of the park.

2) Earlier date. This was done for a number of reasons. First, we are gambling on somewhat cooler weather (the record high 96 on Sunday was a festival killer this year) Another bonus about Coolidge Park are the taller and more numerous trees create a lot more shade. Second, with the popularity of Coolidge Park for hosting events, it was the best weekend available for April or May. Third, less competition than Memorial Day Weekend (there are a number of major events in the Chattanooga area that weekend). Fourth, better media exposure (more about that in the coming weeks).

3) Fixed Stage. Coolidge Park has permanent stage. This will be great for focusing all our music into one area.

4) More fun for the family. As mentioned above, Coolidge Park has a large fountain that kids can play in and a wonderful 100 year old Carousel.

5) Free Electric Shuttle. Carta has a free shuttle that runs from the Tennessee Aquarium to the NorthShore and right by Coolidge Park.

Cons
1) Less “funky”. Along with the step up in moving to Coolidge Park, the “professionalism” of the show will step up too. Renaissance Park was a self-contained park and allowed us to have a little more of a party atmosphere, Coolidge has a few more rules, but don’t worry, we have some great plans to make sure it is still fun for the artists. Who-Fest might be “growing up” a little bit, but that doesn’t mean we are “growing old” (aka boring).

2) Cost. Coolidge Park costs 3x as much to rent at Renaissance (it is so popular, there is a waiting list for events to be scheduled there). Also, with the higher traffic volume (including into the night), we will have to employee quite a bit more security. However, we have done a preliminary budget and we promise that the booth fee will not be increased by more than $30. This is the first time since Who-Fest was moved to Chattanooga that we have increased the entry fee. We work very hard to keep the fees as low as possible.

3) Load In/Out. The best thing about Renaissance was the ability for artists to pull right up to there booth to unload. Unfortunately that is not possible at Coolidge Park. However, the way we have proposed to set up the event will at Coolidge, most of the booths will be within 50 feet of the main road next to the park. We are also working to rent some “Gators” (think: big golf carts with loading beds) and will have extra volunteers to help the artists load and unload. This was one of our biggest concerns (after rental costs), but we feel we will have a great plan of action to make load in/out as easy as possible for the artists.

So, that’s all we have right now. Over the next two months we should have some other major announcements that will help ensure that Who-Fest [12] will be the best Who-Fest ever!

As always, we would love to hear from our friends, patrons and artists. Let us know what you think.

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2011 Exhibiting Artists

Billy Moore Memphis, TN
David Vigo                        Pensacola, FL
Jelly Koe                            Columbia, SC
Ken Pease                        Chatham, IL
Michael Gregg                  Chuckey, TN
Joe Engel                          Jamestown, TN
Crystal Smith                     Newman, GA
Sylvia McAlister                 Mt. Pleasant, TN
Gail Denny                         Delano, TN
Jane Theis                         Melbourne, FL
Tammi Floyd                      Racine, WI
Susan Parry                       Signal Mountain, TN
Melodee Thomas              Metropolis, IL
Ron Thomas                      Metropolis, IL
Hank Holland                     Lockport, LA
Allen Hampton                  Chattanooga, TN
Jim Shores                        Rome, GA
Chris Beck                        Dalton, GA
Ken Ramsey                     Hot Springs, NC
Sam Granger                    Concord, GA
Cap Man Straela              Winterville, GA
Justin Vowell                     Winchester, TN
Emily Allison                      Memphis, TN
Michael Wimmer               Rossville, GA
David Hammock               Arab, AL
Daniel Johnson                 St. Elmo, TN
Michael Jenkins                Chattanooga, TN
CoCo Jenkins                   Chattanooga, TN
Bob McGill                         Nashville, TN
TR Reed                            Chattanooga, TN
Jeanie Holland                  Chattanooga, TN
Marian Heintz                    Chattanooga, TN
Kathy Eroh                         Peoria, IL
Pixie Jacquin                     Peoria, IL
John Reno                          Peoria, IL
Kimberly Dawn                  Myrtle Beach, SC
Dan McCosbe                   Myrtle Beach, SC
Matt Nooga                        Chattanooga, TN
Pete Adkins                       Rossville, GA
Jason Clark                        RInggold, GA
Sandy Hall                          Perry, GA
Suzan Buckner                   Huntsville, AL
Chuck Buckner Hunstville, AL
Brenda Davis                     Prattville, AL
Greg Davis Prattville, AL
Cheryl Reynolds                 Lugoff, SC
Whitney Nave Jones          Chattanooga, TN
Nicole Griffin                       Chattanooga, TN
Debbie Pancake                Chattanooga, TN
SheShe                                Birmingham, AL
Joel Pinkerton                     Louisville, KY
Christina Glidden               Chattanooga, TN
Stephen Graham                Franklin, TN
Linda Holt                            Birmingham, AL
Alyce Speck-Clarke           Atlanta, GA
Athlone Clarke                    Atlanta, GA
Mark Williams                     Athens, GA
Larry Wilson                        Atlanta, GA
Dana McAlister                   Knoxville, TN

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