series and festivals in the Blue Water Area don't aspire to anything
more than to entertain guests and perhaps raise a little money.
The organizers of Yale Musicfest 2006 hope to do both, of course,
but the annual event has the additional goal of helping people
understand mental illness and disabilities.
by Integrity Clubhouse, a Yale rehabilitation program for adults
recovering from psychiatric disabilities, the festival is more
than just a show for its members. They actively participate in
putting it on.
have members of the club serving as food vendors," said Lynn
Vinson, executive director of Touchstone Services, which runs
the program. "They do the promotion, the preparing and the
third-annual event will feature several returning performeres,
includign folksinger Dan Hazlett and classical guitarist William
Henry Russell. Mew to the event are Celtic group Ourselves, singer
songwriter Brian Linne and a two-hour set by local classic rock
band Voo-Doo Doctors.
all excited to do this one," Voo Doo Doctors bassist Al Langolf
said, "because it's a fund-raiser for the mentally handicapped.
Whatever we can do to help them, we're there to help them."
clubhouse this year will have the St. Clair County Parks and Recreation
Commission's Showmobile, a portable stage, on site for the nine
bands and solo performers.
said the event always is well attended by the club's membership
but hasn't drawn as many outsiders as hoped in the past.
a lot of good music people could enjoy," she said. "We're
really hoping to do a better job spreading the word this year."
an opportunity for the members to highlight their skills and invite
the community to their clubhouse and see what it's all about,"
Vinson said. "We see it as a way of reducing stigma."
believes the festival has achieved that goal among those who have
experienced the event.
think it's been a benefit to the community and to us as well,"
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Yale Musicfest 2006
third-annual fund-raiser will
feature folk and rock music,
arts and crafts vendors,
Noon to 9pm
516 North St., Yale
$3 children or
$15 for a family pass.