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Jul 23, 2019








(Left to right), Aubrie Dionne, Cindy Wester and Heather Chase dress up for the fair. Courtesy photo.

Fall Fun Festival and Craft Fair

When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: $5 general admission for children; free for adults when accompanied by a child and for children ages 2 and under
Schedule of events:
Music for Little Ones open class: 10 to 11 a.m.
Flute Choir: 10:30 a.m.
Folk String Ensemble: 10:45 a.m.
Nancy Donovan author readings: 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Costume contest: noon
Dimensions in Dance: 1:30 p.m.
Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps: 2 p.m.
Flute and piano demo: 2:30 p.m.

Music to your ears
Festival and craft fair returns to music school

By Matt Ingersoll

 Join in a scavenger hunt and a costume contest, try your hand at some of your favorite musical instruments and discover new sounds at the second annual Fall Fun Festival and Craft Fair.

Costumes are encouraged at the event, which is presented by the Manchester Community Music School and will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Admission for the entire day is $5 per child and free for all accompanying adults as well as for children under 2.
“More than a fundraiser, the event is designed to bring and introduce people to the school,” said Aubrie Dionne, performance leadership director of the Manchester Community Music School and coordinator of the festival. “We wanted to make it educational but to almost have that part of it sneak in by giving kids an exploration of what is out there beyond what they might think of as the basic band instruments.”
Dionne said that was the idea behind the demonstrations, which will include stringed instruments, drums and percussion, flutes, pianos and more. While the school will be providing the flutes and pianos for the demos, guitars, violins, violas and others will be provided courtesy of Johnson String Instrument and drums will be provided by the Manchester-based Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps.
For younger children, the Music School will be holding an open Music for Little Ones class from 10 to 11 a.m., which is included in the admission ticket for families interested in dropping in.
“It’s basically a discovery class for young kids and their parents to sit in, and it’s a precursor to learning an instrument,” Dionne said. “It’s an opportunity to learn early skills while enjoying music in a fun atmosphere.”
Dozens of local food and craft vendors will be on hand throughout the day, Dionne said, including a psychic medium who will perform angel card readings, a watercolor artist and a fiber artist.
Other vendors include Sub Zero Ice Cream, which will be selling treats and donating a percentage of the profits to the Music School, and Tracy G. Photography, which will be taking photos of children and families dressed in Halloween costumes and offering photo packages for purchase.
New this year will be a scavenger hunt involving nearly all of the vendors, Dionne said.
“The kids will have to visit all of the booths and they will be asked a question by each of the vendors, such as ‘what is your favorite instrument’ or ‘what is your favorite kind of music,’ and they will get a sticker,” she said. “Once they have all of the stickers, they’ll get a prize … so there’s no deadline. [The scavenger hunt] is dependent on what time you show up, and you finish it as late as you want.”
The Music School’s Flute Choir, directed by Dionne, will be the first to perform live, at 10:30 a.m. Dionne said the choir will be dressed in costume and performing music from the Harry Potter films. A performance by the School’s Folk String Ensemble led by John Zevos will follow at 10:45 a.m.
At 11:15 a.m., New Hampshire children’s author Nancy Donovan will be reading excerpts from her books. Donovan is the author of Wild Dolphin Rider, Oscar the Herring Gull and Marissa the Forest Spirit. She will do a second reading at 2:15 p.m.
Prizes will be given out at the costume contest, which begins at noon. There is no additional charge to participate, Dionne said. Face-painting and craft-making will also be among the activities offered throughout the day. 

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