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Dryden Fest on tap


Saturday's activities include a parade, games, music



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September 22, 2010
DRYDEN — This Saturday's 'Dryden Fall Festival will include a parade, scavenger hunt, food and craft vendors, children's activities, a car show and an eclectic entertainment lineup that features blues, rockabilly and classic rock music.

The fun is all free and it begins at 9 a.m. with a 5-K run at the Dryden Wesleyan Church, located at 5274 Main Street.

The annual "Fall Fest Parade" begins downtown with parade kickoff at 11 a.m.

This year's parade will be led by grand marshal, Bob Stevens, a lifelong Dryden resident.

Stevens, who will turn 70 next month, has spent 43 years with the Dryden Fire Department. His community service doesn't end there. He has also been a Dryden Boy Scout Leader for 25 years.

Fall Festival attendees won't want to miss out on one of Stevens' famous BBQ beef sandwiches which will be served after the parade at the downtown fire hall.

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Original Fleetwood Mac bassist Jeremy Spencer performs Saturday.
Child ID program

Children's games and activities begin after the parade and run through 6 p.m.

In addition, the Almont-Dryden Masons are teaming up with members of the Dryden Twp. police and firefighters for the annual "Child Identification" program.

The free educational program for adults and children runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the downtown fire station.

The program consists of videotaped interviews with participating children, fingerprinting, DNA swabs, tooth printing, digital photos and creation of a general information profile of the child.

For questions or more information, call Rod Stewart at 313-363-4836 or Armand Cote at 810-796-2002.

Let the music play

A live music festival begins at 2 p.m. with the "Phantom Shakers," a four-piece high-energy rockabilly band. Having already taken the Detroit area by storm, the group comes to Dryden with the same intent.

At 4 p.m., the much-heralded "Hatchetmen" return to the Dryden stage, fresh after opening a show for blues rocker Eric Sardinas. During the past year, the band has also opened for national acts the likes of Chris Duarte, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Guitar Shorty and others.

At 5:30 p.m., the Hatchetmen give way to "St. Cecilia," led by Detroit blues guitarist Brett Lucas. Having recently performed in Chicago and Japan with Betty LaVette, Lucas and company primed to play songs from his latest CD.

For fans of vintage Fleetwood Mac, original FM bassist "Jeremy Spencer" has emerged from relative obscurity and will play a 45-minute set with Lucas and St. Cecilia, starting at 6:15 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., Dryden's favorites sons, "Whitey Morgan & The 78s" are back for their third straight year to perform "Future of Country Music." Whitey's self-titled CD release is scheduled for Oct. 13. Dryden fans are urged to help send Whitey and the 78s off on a 30-concert tour in 13 states.

If that wasn't enough, "Motor City Josh & The Big 3" take the Dryden stage at 9:30 p.m. With 11 CDs under his belt, Motor City Josh is one of the Detroit area's more prolific bleesmen. He and the Big 3 will also be taking their show on the road. The band plans to visit seven states over a three-week period, promoting their newest release, "It's A Good Life."

At 11 p.m., the evening's musical entertainment will conclude with a "jam session," including various musicians from the featured bands.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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