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Music Fest wins Tuesday night CAFE Huntington money

Sep. 26, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

HUNTINGTON  —  Just a few days before the third annual Huntington Music and Arts Festival, organizer Ian Thornton got a boost on Tuesday night as the winner of the September CAFE (Creative Arts Funding Endeavor) Huntington grant.

Thornton, who had previously won CAFE two years ago when he was first starting the fest, won $300 Tuesday to help him pay for security at the HMAF, which is set to run from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday with 24 non-stop music acts at Ritter Park Amphitheater.

 Thornton, who has become a regular attendee of CAFE, the monthly, arts-fueled community dinner, said the grassroots-built fest is seeing growth from 15 acts and 300 fans to 22 acts, and more than 600 people last year.

  This year, they hope to fill the 1,000-seat capacity Ritter Park Amphitheater as they have non-stop music from noon to 10 p.m.
 Lamb’s Gate Market also presented at CAFE, where attendees share a meal, cooked by volunteers, and at meal's end, people vote on which artists or project will get the money collected at the dinner.
Up to five artists can present their project in hopes of gaining the collective money (anywhere from $280 to $720 so far) as well as gaining needed exposure and networking to get their often fledging ideas off the ground.
 Lori Reasons, of Fifth Avenue Baptist, and one of the creators of Lamb’s Gate Market, said on Oct. 13 they are opening this new non-profit, fair trade store run by volunteers.

Simone Kompanek, one of the founders of CAFE, thanked those who helped with September’s meal that included soups from Beverly Hills Women’s Caucus, breads from Liz May and desserts from Carter Seaton, among other contributions.

October’s CAFE meal will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in the community meeting room on the third floor of the main Cabell County Public Library, 455 9th St., Huntington.

CAFE is now accepting artists to present as well as volunteers to help cook the meal. Also, folks can donate money to the CAFE dinner at the Wild Ramp at Heritage Station where ingredients are bought for the CAFE meals.

Admission is $10. Tickets can be bought in advance via the website (www.cafehuntington.com) or at the door with cash, check or credit card.

 Read more about CAFE as well as the Huntington Music and Arts Festival in Thursday's Herald-Dispatch.