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Local musician records CD for children of all ages

MOUNT VERNON - Sarah Goslee Reed’s new CD, Sleep Like Fish, is ready for all ears and eyes!

Ever since her granddaughter was born three years ago, Sarah has been wanting to record some of the songs she sang to her children when they were little. As she planned and thought about it, the project changed, new songs were written, old songs were considered, and it began to gel. The songs are for young and old, awake or asleep, although the songs won't put anyone to sleep.

Most exciting is the artwork done by Vicki Herrick Coleman, depicting the Sleepy Song, written for her grandchildren to encourage them to sleep. The idea for this song came from The Sleepy Book, a Little Golden Book by Margaret Wise Brown. In the story, all the animals go to sleep - such an elegantly simple idea, but often so hard to accomplish with little ones! “As I was reading it one night, I thought it would make a nice song. I worked for over a year to get it just right, and played it for Vicki so she could hear all the creatures I mention. The cover shows a fish all dressed up to go out on the town, complete with dress, high heels and purse. As it says in the story, fish sleep with their eyes open, so I thought it would be fun to have a not so sleepy looking fish on the cover. Many of us have trouble sleeping in the middle of the night, so this collection of songs is for adults as well as little ones,” said Sarah.

The CD was recorded locally at Ray's Place, a studio owned and operated by Skip Trask and highlights our talented local musicians. The lyrics for To-Bed Song came from Phil Ruopp, a poet Sarah met in Yellow Springs, Ohio. They corresponded for years sharing each other’s poetry and songs. This song features Jeff Putnam on banjo and Bill Carpenter on mandolin. Gordon Lightfoot’s The Ponyman soothed her young son during a visit to the dentist, and he now sings the song to his son at bedtime. Chris and Catherine Hillman wrote Lullaby Time in the Desert. This song gave Sarah an opportunity to add a dobro part, and Mike Petee’s harmonica gives it a cowboy around the campfire feel. The Donovan song, Epistle to Derroll has been in her repertoire since college. Although Derroll is only mentioned in the title, he is Derroll Adams, a friend of Donovan’s, a spectacular banjo player who had tatoos on his fingers. Jeff Putnam adds banjo to this song, and Megan Campbell sings a perfect “Starfish Chorus."

Yellowbud and Now We Are Family were written for her grandchildren, and an old favorite, The Timeless Rocker, was given a new verse for them. Yellowbud, Ohio is a small town south of Columbus, but has become a nickname for Sarah’s granddaughter. Kerry Kean, Sarah’s partner from her duo Goslee Reed and Kean, plays guitar on the song, and Mike Petee adds harmonica, giving the song an old-time dancing feel. Both Now We Are Family and The Timeless Rocker have mandolin added by Bill Carpenter. Malvina Reynolds has written many memorable songs, one of which is Morningtown Ride, and Baby Beluga gave Ted Buehrer a chance to make his trumpet sound like a beluga whale! The Marrow of Our Bones is the result of a songwriting camp Sarah attended last year in Nederland, Colorado, and came from the prompt: “using a photograph, write about something not in the picture”. The song is about motherhood, and it reflects upon the mothers missing from our lives. Bill Carpenter heard the song once and played the Spanish sounding guitar that gives the song a mysterious feel. Throughout the recording, Sarah’s guitar and vocals are joined by Andrew Clarkson on upright bass and Skip Trask on percussion.

The CD is available at the Coleman Gallerie, the Harvest Shoppe, and Paragraphs bookstore. In addition, it is available online at www.cdbaby.com as a physical CD or download, as well as through iTunes.

To hear a sample from the CD click here.

Submissions sought for Knox County Photography Contest

GAMBIER - The Brown Family Environmental Center has announced the 2017 Nature Photography Contest for children and adults. Photos may feature close-up shots, landscapes, and everything in between as long as natural elements are focal points. Photos may also depict people interacting with nature and the positive or negative outcomes of those interactions.

Photos must be delivered by Friday, October 6 to the BFEC Resource Center at 9781 Laymon Road, Gambier. Entry forms will be available and photos may be dropped-off anytime in the building breeze-way.  Each participant may submit up to 3 photos, and must pay a flat-rate $10 entry fee. ($10 per person regardless of number of photos). Photos must be matted or mounted on mat board or foam core. No framed entries will be accepted. There is no minimum photo size, although entries that are at least 8"x10" are recommended. Photographs should not exceed 14" in any dimension, and mat size should not exceed 16"x20". No composite digital photos. (Photos may be digitally altered, but prints should not contain layered objects from multiple images.)

All entries will be displayed during a photo contest show on Saturday, October 14, during the BFEC Fall Harvest Festival from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A panel of judges will select three winners in each division (adult and child). Cash awards will be offered: 1st Prize - $50; 2nd Prize - $30; 3rd Prize - $20.
Harvest Festival visitors will select "People's Choice" winners on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2-4pm. Winners will be posted as the festival ends at 5pm. The show will remain up through November 10. Participants may pick-up photos November 13-17. The BFEC is not responsible for prints left at the center after this period.

College students enrolled at Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, or Central Ohio Technical College are invited to submit up to 3 entries per person electronically. Photographs will be displayed via a continuous slide show at the BFEC October 14 Fall Harvest Festival. Students opting to submit printed photos will be entered into the "adult" division above. For college students there is no fee to submit photos. Limit entries to three per person, each not to exceed 10 MB.
Photos must be submitted to kerkhoffj@kenyon.edu, no later than Friday, October 6. Contact Jill Kerkhoff at 740-427-5050 or kerkhoffj@kenyon.edu. Guidelines also available at bfec.kenyon.edu.


MVNU Faculty Exhibit coming to Schnormeier Gallery

MOUNT VERNON - The Art and Design faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University will exhibit various artwork at MVNU’s Schnormeier Gallery Aug. 28 through Sept. 28, 2017.

In this exhibition, faculty members will exhibit recent works including ceramics, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and graphic design. Each of the faculty participating is a working artist, educator, and has exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. Their studio practices are diverse and rigorous, and Schnormeier Gallery is pleased to present this array of creative expression.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, from 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with Main Street Mount Vernon’s September First Friday in downtown Mount Vernon. This event and exhibition are open to the public. The show will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on Schnormeier Gallery visit mvnu.edu/artgallery.

Local people: MVHS musicians selected for regional orchestra


MOUNT VERNON - Four MVHS students were selected to be in the East-Central Region Orchestra of the Ohio Music Education Association. They will join orchestra students from across 21 counties from Greater Columbus all the way over to the Pennsylvanian border.

The students are:
Singkai Baker - Violin I
Ellie Broeren - Violin II
Elizabeth Gifford - Viola
Sarah Lord - Viola

The concert will be held at 3pm on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Granville High School.
Two MVHS students, Elizabeth Gifford and Sarah Lord, are also alternates for the All-State Orchestra.

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. To learn more about the organization visit www.omea-ohio.org.
The Mount Vernon High School Orchestra is directed by Anthony Springer and Amy Miller.


Dollars equal votes in annual Shelter Dog calendar promotion

MOUNT VERNON - Do you ever feel like your vote doesn’t count? During the Dan Emmett Festival in downtown Mount Vernon, you can vote for your favorite shelter dog. In fact, you can buy this election. Vote as often as you like, with your wallet.

The shelter dogs that raise the most money will be featured in the 2018 Knox County Shelter Dog calendar, published by the Friends of the Knox County Animal Shelter organization. The dog with the highest dollar amount will be featured on the cover. All donations will go toward needed medicine, medical care or supplies for the dogs at the shelter.

Plenty of qualified candidates will be available to choose from: German Shepherd, Coonhound, even a Beagle, and no doubt a mixed breed or two as well.

Look for the shelter booth outside 121 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, during the Festival, August 10-13, 2017 and come cast your votes.

calendar dog art

Shelter dogs, L to R, Amber, Sludge, Chip and Leo - photos submitted



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