Sunday, August 19, 2012

What's coming up? Marfa Lights Festival!

From Marfa's Chamber of Commerce!

"The Marfa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the annual Marfa Lights Festival will take place on Labour Day Weekend, August 31 through September 2 around the historic Presidio County Courthouse. The festival will begin at 5 PM on Friday when food and craft vendors open their booths for business. The fun continues Saturday morning with 5k walk/run followed by the Festival Parade down Highland Avenue. Also on Saturday home bakers are invited to submit their hand-made pies for consideration in the Pie Baking Contest. On Sunday, we are looking forward to the FIRST EVER Marfa Lights Festival Box Car Derby, and the salsa competition, everyone is invited to participate, as a contestant or as a judge. The vendors and entertainment will be hopping from noon until 5 PM on Sunday."

"The festival's free outdoor entertainment series will begin at 5 PM on Friday night. Throughout the weekend there will be music, dancing and other performances. For more information on any aspect of the Marfa Lights Festival email "

Also that weekend in Marfa, from Ballroom Marfa:

"Ballroom Marfa, in conjunction with the Washington Spectator, The Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa Public Radio and Marfa Book Company, is excited to announce the second biennial Marfa Dialogues, a three-day symposium that includes conversations around climate change and sustainability with artists, performers, writers, scientists and entrepreneurs — among them Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Rebecca Solnit, the distinguished critic and author of A Field Guide to Getting Lost and A Paradise Built in Hell. Other featured participants include David Buckland, Hamilton Fish, Cynthia Hopkins, Diana Liverman, John Nielsen-Gammon, Robert Potts, Tom Rand and Bonnie J. Warnock."  For more info on this program, click here.

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