Monday, May 29, 2006

Annual Edenton Music And Water Festival
Is Almost Here

The 8th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival, brought to you by Western LP, will be held on June 17th, 2006 starting at the waterfront in Historic Edenton. This year’s festival line-up includes canoe and kayak races, demonstrations and easy paddle tours; sunfish sailboat racing; a rock climbing wall; numerous educational and commercial vendors with an eco-tourism theme; food vendors of all types; and a variety of musicians from around the region.

The EAST COAST FLAT WATER CANOE & KAYAK RACES kick off the day at the Edenton waterfront. Registration for the participants starts at 8:30 AM. Racing starts at 10:00 AM.

Edenton Race Course

For the music, this year’s line-up includes musicians from around the region. The entertainment will begin at 11:00 AM with Pamlico Joe with his folk songs and stories of our wonderful waterways. Pamlico Joe will act as Master of Ceremonies for the day continuing to bring facts and fables for all to enjoy.

Included in this year’s line-up is a great array of acts.

A special treat this year will be the Lumbee Indian Tribe of North Carolina. They will perform several types of Native American Dance to the beat of the drum.

Edenton youth bands Admit One and Taken will perform their hard rocking Christian sound to awaken the senses.

New Edenton resident, Rob Germain, a graduate of Berkley School of Music, will tickle the keys to bring you both covers and original songs.

Festival regular Andy Faircloth will be joined on stage by his daughter Shelly and friends, including RW Hobbs, an Emmy award wining musician.

From Elizabeth City, Strings Attached will provide some fast picken.

Chuck Hodges, of Edenton, and friends, will bring the waterfront entertainment to a close. Chuck combines a throwback lyrical and vocal vibe with elements of progressive modern rock and alt-country to create a bluesy, folksy, roots-rockish guitar-centric sound characterized by lush three-part harmonies, guitar-intensive arrangements and thoughtful lyricism.

Molassas Creek

At 7:30 PM the Ocrafolks Opry will start at the Swain Auditorium with a great lineup of stars including the sensational Katy Mitchell and trio Molassas Creek.

Katy Mitchell

The lineup at Swain will also include Funnyman Rodney Kemp, husband-wife duo Coyote and critically acclaimed recording artist Noah Paley.

It will be a great day of music. Don't miss it!

The Edenton Music and Water Festival is made possible in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. Local sponsors for this year’s event are Western LP, Sprint, Mulderig Custom Furniture, BCH Trading Company, Kristy’s Place, Ashley Welding, Hayes Real Estate, Inc., High and Crowe, LLP, Real Estate of Edenton Bay, Pizza Hut, North Carolina’s Northeast and Seabrook Ingredients.

If you have any questions about the music portion of the day, please contact Dawn Fenimore, Executive Director, Chowan Arts Council at (252) 482-8005 or email her
For more information on the Edenton Music and Water Festival, please contact Nancy Nicholls at (800) 775-0111 or visit

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Chowan Arts Council Monthly Reception

The Chowan Arts Council is pleased to present the print works of Linda and Ed Rutenkroger. Their work includes black and white photos, digitally enhanced images, intaglio prints, fabric designs and tapestries.

Ed Rutenkroger With His Photos (Art Copyright Ed Rutenkroger)

The reception to open the exhibit was held on Friday Night at the Chowan Arts Council Gallery.

All Art Copyright by Linda and Ed Rutenkroger

Linda Rutenkroger is the art teacher at John H. Holmes High School. Ed Rutenkroger is the music teacher at Creswell High School and Creswell Elementary.

Linda Rutenkroger With Her Favorite Tapestry "Homage To Frank" (Art Copyright Linda Rutenkroger)

The receptions and open houses of the Chowan Arts Council are always very popular in the community.

Everyone Gathered Around The Entrance While Waiting To Sign The Guest Book

Food And Drink Was Plentiful - As Always

Catching Up With Friends

Talking About Plans

Talking About The Art

The next special exhibit by the Chowan Arts Councill will begin June 28th and will present works by Margaret Attkinson, Burton Jones and Katherine Wissink, some of our great local art talent. You should plan to be there.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Proposed Rule Changes Would Tangle The Web

By Michael Socolow - May 9, 2006 - The Baltimore Sun

Congress wants to change the Internet.

This is news to most people because the major news media have not actively pursued the story. Yet both the House and Senate commerce committees are promoting new rules governing the manner by which most Americans receive the Web. Congressional passage of new rules is widely anticipated, as is President Bush's signature. Once this happens, the Internet will change before your eyes.

Call your representative and protest this change. Call Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole and protest this change. Call now! This is quite possibly the most dangerous law that has been proposed by congress this year. As usual, because it is popular with BIG corporations, major elements from both parties endorse it. However your ability to receive the same content from the World Wide Web will be taken away if this becomes the law of the land. There will be a big brother in the network hubs of the Giant Communication Corporations who will sell access to your computer, and you get no part of the revenue or any say in who they sell it to.