September 20, 2007

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FIREFest doubles the fun
Nashua street festival grows in its second year
By Erica Febré efebre@hippopress.com

FIREFest returns to downtown Nashua with twice as many performers and musicians and more sponsors for its second year on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Amethyst Wyldfyre, who organized last year’s festival, is joined this year by Angie D’Anjou from Heart of Spirit Healing in Hudson.

“This year’s festival has really blossomed into a regional event. We’re got probably a 50-mile radius covered from Nashua, with artists and performers coming in from Dover, Boston and northern Massachusetts, among other places,” Wyldfyre said.

East Pearl Street in Nashua will be closed to allow FIREFest to take over.

FIREFest will feature two performance stages: the west end stage, sponsored by the Dwight Damon Association, with a sound system provided by High Power Sound, and the east end stage, featuring live bands.

Performers on the east stage will include The Double Yellow, Unkle Funkle Trio, Crazy Jane, Emily Rising, Full Tilt and Forgo Famine. Perry Spearman will MC events from the east stage.

Entertainment on the west end stage will include a live breath percussion set by Joseph Carringer on the didgeridoo, puppeteer Teresa Mowlner, dancing exercises with Capoeira, performances by the Peacock Players, the Nashua Theatre Guild and Yellow Taxi Productions, among many other attractions. Michele Mortensen will MC on the west stage.

Nashua’s Mayor Streeter will again open the ceremony and the Nashua Fire Department will be on hand to highlight October as Fire Safety month.

According to Wyldfyre, about 2,500 people attended last year’s festival. She hopes to have twice as many this year.This year’s festival is giving remaining proceeds to two local organizations — Lil’ Iguana’s, a nonprofit organization that teaches safety tips to children, and the Nashua Area Artists Association.

In total, more than 100 booths will be available to vendors of all types, more than double last year’s 40.


The roof! The roof!
What: 2nd Annual Nashua FIREFest
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 8 p.m.
Where: downtown Nashua, East Pearl Street
For more information: Go to myspace.com/firefestnashua.

East stage:
2 – 2:15 p.m.: opening ceremony w/ Mayor Streeter, Amethyst Wyldfyre, Angie D’Anjou
2:15 – 3p.m.: The Double Yellow
3 – 3:10 p.m.: meet at East Stage for historic walking tour with Alan Manoian
3:10 – 3:55 p.m.: Crazy Jane (alt rock)
3:55 – 4:05 p.m.: Tokyo Joe’s Martial Arts Demo (on the street)
4:05 – 4:50 p.m.: Full Tilt (rock)
4:50 – 5 p.m.: meet at East Stage for historic walking tour with Alan Manoian
5 – 5:45 p.m.: Forgo Famine (rock)
5:45 – 6 p.m.: street performers
6 – 6:45 p.m.: Emily Rising (folk rock)
6:45 – 7 p.m.: Zahara, sword and belly dance performance
7:15 – 8 p.m.: The Unkle Funkle Trio (funk/ blues)

West stage:
2 – 2:15 p.m.: closed for opening ceremony
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.: Blue String Marionettes
2:30 – 3 p.m.: Capoeira
3:15 – 4 p.m.: DJ Alkemi – Dance Craze
4 – 4:15 p.m.: Peacock Players
4:15 – 5 p.m.: Beats and Sources (Jay Arsenault)
5 – 5:15 p.m.: Yellow Taxi Productions
5:15 – 5:45 p.m.: Kirtan with Keshav
5:45 – 6 p.m.: Nashua Theatre Guild
6 – 8 p.m.: Precise Munitions.