For the second year the not-for-profit organization Reason2Smileis hosting an all day music festival with workshops and children’s camp on March 8 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The festival focus is to introduce the Lake Placid and surrounding areas to an eclectic group of artisans sharing their love of music, art and movement.
According to Reason2Smile Founder and Executive Director Keela Grimmette the event has grown since its first year, with groups coming to hold classes and perform from as far afield as Plattsburgh and Watertown. She would like workshop participants to walk away from the Reason2Smile World Festival with an understanding of all the diverse groups that are located near by and what each one has to share.
“Registration isn’t required but I hope people will take advance of it as the preregistration price for the workshops is less expensive,” says Grimmette. “We’ve also added new cultural elements like Eye Can Art Projects and How to Make a African Soccer Ball.”
Grimmette explains that the morning schedule frees parents to attend a class while their children are attending Kids’s Camp. The afternoon workshops are gears toward older children and adults. No one is excluded. Children (10 and under) are free and may attend any afternoon workshops with a paying adult.
Lunch will be available for purchase through the lunchtime vendor Green Goddess Natural Foods while face painting, Kenyan blocks, balloon animals and browsing the Kenyan Marketplace take place.
This year Grimmette is offering workshops such as Wulaba Drumming, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Hip Hop, Steele Drum, Salsa, African Dance, Zumba, Irish Dance, Clogging, as well as various art projects.
“The Cowboy will be hosting an evening international tasting at 6:30 pm.,” says Grimmette. “We also have a wonderful lineup of entertainment. The steele drum band River Rat Rhythm Project performed during Saranac Lake First Night and they will be here as well the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir. In between with be Teens African Dance and later on over a dozen children will be performing with SomaBeats.”
The Evening event will presented by NCPR’s David Sommerstein and culminate with a DJ dance party. The amount activities and events may seem overwhelming, but Grimmette has everything carefully laid out so participants can have a true World Festival experience. Some morning and afternoon workshops are duplicated so there is no worry about not being able to see or do it all. Come to the workshops or just attend the evening festivities and be introduced to a world of music.
Photo of performers during the Reason2Smile World Festival used with the permission of Keela Grimmette, Reason2Smile