**Editor’s note: This story has been changed from the one that appeared in the Dec. 24 Methow Valley News to reflect the fact that the fireworks show is not taking place
Hot Club Sandwich, a six-man group that combines gypsy jazz, classic Latin American, old-world European and a bit of West Coast twang in a unique musical style, headlines the third-annual Winterfest celebration on Saturday (Dec. 27) at TwispWorks.
The festivities open with a local bluegrass-inspired band headed by Matt Gentry.
Before the Hot Club Sandwich show, people can refine their dance skills in a free 30-minute swing-dance lesson.
Interactive arts activities are part of the entertainment. Natural-dye artist Sara Ashford will teach participants how to do “shibori” (also known as tie-dye), a Japanese technique of binding, stitching, folding, twisting or compressing cloth to make patterns.
Ashford will have a big vat of indigo dye on hand for people to create artistic effects on their own T-shirts or fabric. TwispWorks will also have T-shirts from the Phoenix Festival available for purchase and further adornment with indigo dye.
Partygoers can also express themselves creatively by making lanterns — TwispWorks will have jars, tissue paper and glitter on hand.
Winterfest will be indoors in the TwispWorks welding and metal shop as well as outdoors, with fire pits to keep people warm.
Winterfest is catered by the Twisp River Pub, whose food and beer will be for sale. Other beverages on hand include coffee from Blue Star Coffee Roasters, mulled wine, soft drinks and hot chocolate.
Admission is by donation. A donation of $5-$20 is suggested for adults; kids under 16 are free. Indigo dyeing is $5, or $10 to buy a T-shirt and dye it.
For more information, call 997-3300.
Winterfest is sponsored by Twisp River Pub, KTRT-FM, J.A. Wright Construction, Blue Star Coffee Roasters and the Spartan Art Project.