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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Girl-a-Thon again

Girl-a-Thon returns for 2013 at Boondocks, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

 

Wow, what a wonderful time of year! I just spent an afternoon picking apples and now get to spend months eating them. I’m okay with that. Lot’s of goodies this weekend with the entertainment stuff. Let’s get to it.

What would October be without another Girl-a-Thon? As the gals keep rolling along, we don’t even talk about how many years it’s happened (four, if you’re wondering), but just expect it to occur. Give proper thanks to Gwen Harris for the inspiration and creation, plus a good deal of the perspiration and recreation that goes into the making of a GAT event. Gwen would be the first to thank and give credit to all the sponsors and volunteers and especially to her group of girls joining in the music celebration to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

Joining Gwen in the main house band are Tina Thornhill and Patty Kniss of Thornhill, Janet Morris now of Throwback Junkies and Caprice Sidener formerly of The Machine. Music and costume tribute skits are show highlights, including past renditions of KISS, Prince, Janis Joplin, the Village People and Tina Turner. This year’s skit will be …. Nope! We all have to wait until Sunday for the big moment.

Guest artists invited for 2013 include Aley Mundstock (New City Road), Maddie Brown (The Stone and Biscuit Band), Melanie Dennison (Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters), Heather Mundhenke (Whiskey Medicine) and Alexia Blakeman, Gwen’s 13-year-old granddaughter, plus The Fight Club, a group of girls from 8 to 19, including Alexis Gage, Karmen Vicari-Endres, Sabrina Hoagland and Camille Sidener, with sisters Ariel and Melody Rhodes. Gwen says, “These kids rock,” and I believe her.

Along with the fine female entertainment, sponsors donated billboards around town (seen one yet?), a pink Fender guitar from Daddy O’s Music signed by Toby Keith, pink boxing gloves signed by Full Throttle Saloon’s stars Michael Ballard, Angie Ballard and Jessie Dupree (Jackyl), plus a Girl-A-Thon mini bike donated by TD Electric. Coors Light, Taco Gringo and LoveN Spoonful Cupcakes are taking care of the libations and culinary delights. All in all, it’s a great event for a good cause, making Girl-a-Thon a grand time for all. Better get to Boondocks at 2 p.m. this Sunday for all the GAT action.

And while speaking of good stuff this time of year, I’m sipping on some local apple cider and thinking about the long lasting and incredible Indian Summer Festival at Lincoln Memorial Garden this weekend. I can’t say it’ll be the same for me without seeing sister Bets running around all over the place or Jim either, but new faces make for new times and the event carries on. As usual, along with the crafts and food, there’s a fine music lineup on one of the best and least used outdoor stage areas around. Come on out to enjoy great live music in one of our most beautiful and treasured green spaces.

Don’t forget to support your Access 4 (the locally produced TV cable channel) Producers fundraiser on Saturday from noon to 3 a.m. (wow!) at the Tin Can Pub. Plenty of bands all day long and the dollars help keep the fun, interesting and one-of-a-kind TV shows on the air.

Last but not least, Dan Hubbard, our friend from up north with the Humadors, releases his solo record on Saturday at Donnie’s Homespun. Dan opens up the show for Hot Buttered Rum, a national touring act from California with special guest Allie Krall from Cornmeal.

Now it’s time to make some apple crisp and get out the vanilla ice cream.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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