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THE CREST FEST AT WILLOW WITT RANCH JULY 24

ASHLAND – Bring the family to Crest Fest, a benefit for The Crest, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, on Sunday, July 24, at Willow Witt Ranch, 658 Shale City Rd (off of Dead Indian Memorial Rd), Ashland. Gates open at 2pm for goat hikes and farm tours.  Music begins at 3pm with Paraffin Dove, a new Ashland band performing jazz, rock, funk, blues and soul, followed by Blue Lightning, a high energy dance band celebrating 30 years of performing in Ashland. Kids activities will be led by Grandma Boom, aka Janai Mestrovich. Food trucks, wine, beer, and soft drinks available or bring your own food. Cost $15/person or $30/family and under 5 free.  Tickets available at The Music Coop, downtown Ashland, on-line at thecrestatwillowitt.org or at the gate.

The Crest is dedicated to cultivating the connection between people and nature.  The non-profit offers self-guided tours, public events, school programs and summer camps at Willow Witt Ranch, 445 acres of restored forest and wetlands combined with a small working farm and ranch dedicated to alternative energy and sustainable agriculture.  One of the outstanding features of Willow Witt is it’s pond built in the 1950s which is now home to many breeding Western Pond Turtles, a threatened species.  Proceeds from The Crest Fest will help fund week-long summer camps for ages 6-11, community service projects, and field trips for schools.

Established 30 years ago, Blue Lightning is a high energy band that gets an audience out of seats and dancing.  The band consists of Sue Lundquist on keyboard, guitar and Djembe, Rhonda Loftus on drums, Trish Cook on vocals, Crystal Reeves on vocals, fiddle and mandolin, Dianne Strong-Summerhays on lead vocals, Cedric Buckingham on bass guitar and Brent Norton on vocals, and lead guitar. 

Paraffin Dove is a new band with influences from musicians that include John Coltrane, Frank Zappa and Led Zeppelin.  Calder Fettig on guitar and Jack Kovaleski on saxophone are both music students at SOU.  Fettig performs with the Jazz Band and the Salsa Band. Kovaleski performs with the SOU Wind Ensemble and Rogue Valley Symphony.  Jerry Burke-Perez on bass has performed with 20 local bands including one with Jeff Pevar. Joey Natiella on drums performed in a dozen bands in the San Francisco Bay area before moving to Ashland in 2018.
If you have attended recent Ashland July 4th parades you have witnessed Mestrovich as the parade fairy.  Calling herself “an expert in edutaiment – educating while entertaining –“ Mastrovich dons one of her many costumes and becomes Grandma Boom, bringing art and movement to kindergarten and elementary school classes, teaching kids how to connect with their emotions and deal with stress.

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