HOT SPRINGS – The Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival, a hallmark of summer in Hot Springs, returns to the city for the 41st time this weekend, Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25, at Centennial Park. While many of the things that have long been associated with the festival – local art, handmade crafts, delicious food and fantastic music – are returning, there are some new items that festival organizer Gerald Collogan says are things to take a look at.
One item sure to please is an expanded musical lineup, put together by Mike Linderman, Collogan said. This year’s musical talent lineup includes the following:
•Friday, June 23 – 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., Buffalo Grass; 2 – 3:30 p.m., Mark Mowry; 4 – 6 p.m. Crazy Woman Creek Band.
•Saturday, June 24 – 10 – 11:30 a.m., Steve Thorpe; 12 noon – 1:30 p.m., Keith Burden; 2 – 3:30 p.m., Harmony in the Hills; 4 – 6 p.m., Hank Harris.
•Sunday, June 25 – 10 – 11:30 a.m., Pegie Douglas;11:45 – 1:15 p.m., Frank Gregg; and 1:30 – 3 p.m., Mike Linderman
Crazy Woman Creek Band (CWCB), a well known, seven-person, local band is one of the big headliners for the festival. The seven people in the band are: John “Slim” Culbertson on lead guitar and vocals; Bonnie “The Crazy Woman” Manitz on bass guitar and vocals; Jim “The Slug” Foley on guitar and vocals; Jarrett Weimer on guitar and vocals, Taryn Cook on guitar and vocals, Bethany Friesen on violin, keyboards and vocals and Skip Hey, a new band member on the drums and vocals and.
Manitz and Weimer said the common thread among the band, what brought them all together, was Alison Swan’s Canterbury Strings guitar shop in Hot Springs. (Swan’s shop closed after she passed away last spring.)
Weimer, who started playing guitar when he was 11 years old, said he was one of Swan’s students.
“I wanted to be the…