Friday, August 18, 2006

Third Annual Gracefest

Hi all:

If you live in Southeastern CT and are looking for a great way to spend a Saturday, come to Colonel Ledyard Park this Saturday, 8/19/06, for the third annual interdenominational Gracefest sponsored by the Council for Christian Arts of New London County. Here's a quick description:

The Day

Holy (rock 'n') Rollers
Rick Koster
Published on 8/17/2006

December Radio

What Stryper proved — other than an ability to dress like Bees — is that so-called Christian rock really could rock. Similarly, Jars of Clay taught us that Christian rock really could sound like Vertical Horizon, even though JOC came along before Vertical Horizon.

Now we see that DecemberRadio, who channel Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and the Black Crowes even as their songs are “worship selections,” have tapped credibly into arena-style, riffy, power guitar music — and it'll be on display at the Third Annual GRACEfest, aka “The Church Without Walls,” Saturday in Colonel Ledyard Park in Ledyard.

DecemberRadio's self-titled debut CD came out June 27 and has garnered plenty of solid reviews from the secular as well as the religious press, and Billboard included the group as a Band to Watch for 2006. They also recently performed on a nationally televised Connecticut Suns game.

GRACEfest, sponsored by the Council for Christian Arts of New London County, is a coming-together of area churches of various denominations. Local crafters, artists, and musicians are combining their resources for the occasion, and there will be concessions, continuous live music culminating in the DecemberRadio performance, and games and entertainment for kids.

GRACEfest, featuring the national touring act DecemberRadio, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Colonel Ledyard Park, Ledyard. Tickets are $5. There's a $25 maximum for families. Kids under 5 get in free.

I love it when churches work together! Read John 17 (especially verses 20to 23) for the unity concept. I'll probably ride my bike on over there some time in the afternoon. Hope to see you there!


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