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Women musicians, artists celebrate the natural world during Sept. 9 festival

Christa Agostino (Courtesy)

Christa Agostino (Courtesy)

The Highlands Center for Natural History is hosting a festival in the forest with many talented women musicians, artists, dancers and storytellers.

It’s the inaugural Natural Women Music and Arts Fest, which sees music by Ladies of the Canyon, consisting of Mary Alberts, Lisa Amore and Candace McNulty; Meg Bohrman; Christa Agostino; Jo Berger; Annrenee Jones; the Robertson Sisters and Dori Mion.

Tom Agostino, Folk Sessions director and organizer of the Natural Women Music and Arts Fest, said he’s known Jones on the Arizona Festival scene. Part of a group called Mrs. Lincoln, Jones recently moved to Prescott, Agostino said.

“She’s kind of a new voice in the community.”

Also set for the festival are demonstrations by visual artists Hannah Hunter, Debra Mathew and Debbie Thomas, storytelling by Micki Shelton and Leslie Schuler as Prescott Pioneer Mary Ramos, Dancing by Lexe Niekamp of Lessons by Lexe, a children’s program with Mion and Princess Jasmine and a special exhibit on Katie Lee by Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives.

It’s going to be experiential with the whole idea being that everything is something attendees can participate in as well as just be an audience member, Agostino said.

Music will be in the Discovery Gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by a special performance at 3 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth and free for children ages 6 and under. The festival is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

“It’s cheap and worth it just to come to the Discovery Gardens on a beautiful Sunday afternoon,” Agostino said. “With nothing happening, it’s incredible and here were’ going to have this collection of incredible women artists.”

Even though this is only the first time the Natural Women Music and Arts Fest has been put on, Agostino is already planning for next years. About four women have gotten in touch with him saying they want to perform, he said.

The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 S. Walker Road.


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