EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM VISIT EAU CLAIRE)-- The 15th annual Eau Claire Ragtime Festival is opening its doors for the last time in our area.
Event organizers say this is the last year for the festival because it's getting harder to find people for the organizational committee.
This year the festival is featuring a 1914 timeline, vintage dress display as well as three unique concerts, sing-a-longs and more.
“The proceeds after we pay all of our expenses go to a local charity,” said Festival Music Director Dan Majscrzak.
“Over the 15 years the festival has given out a 100-thousand dollars plus to five local charities; this will be the 3rd time for each one of them,” he added.
This year, all festival proceeds will benefit the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.
The festival is open Friday through Sunday.
It's taking place at the First Congregational Church, on Broadway Street in Eau Claire.
More information provided below.
The 15th Annual Eau Claire Ragtime Festival opens Friday, January 10 at 4:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 310 Broadway St., Eau Claire, WI.
The festival's events include three unique concerts, sing-a-longs, food and root beer floats. Also featured this year will be a 1914 timeline, vintage dress display, a "pianorama", and a showing of "The Entertainers," an award-winning documentary about the World Championship Contest of Old-Time Piano Players. There will be a pizza party on Friday night and a chicken parmesan dinner Saturday night, along with a farewell Sunday brunch buffet!
The headliner performers for the 2014 Ragtime Festival are Brian Holland (TX,) Danny Coots (TN,) and Dr. Dave Majchrzak (MO). There will be a guest appearance at each concert by Wisconsin's own Cody Clauson Trio.
Anyone who enjoys listening to, learning about, and performing Ragtime, early jazz, blues, and vaudeville music will find entertainment at this year's Ragtime Festival.
The Ragtime Festival's goals are to provide top quality entertainment for all ages, have fun, and raise money for a local charitable organization. This year, all festival proceeds will benefit the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.
Tickets are available at First Congregational church, by calling 715-834-2668, and at Festival Foods in Eau Claire. Visit the Ragtime Festival's website at the attached link for specific times and additional information, and meet us on Facebook!
For more information, contact Lorraine Henning at (715)-878-4224.
Visit Eau Claire is sending this press release courtesy of the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival. Visit Eau Claire effectively markets the Eau Claire Area as a destination for conventions, group tour, sports, and leisure markets; to promote regional economic growth; to enhance the area's overall identity and image; to sell fun, promote fun, and most importantly - Have FUN!