Seven-piece Seattle band Hey Marseilles will headline a massive Foothills Day celebration by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust May 11.
The all-day event begins with morning trail runs, mountain bike rides and guided walks in the Foothills. Around noon, Foothills Day will take over the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee with a free music festival on two stages — with local bands like Junk Belly, Chelsea Craven and Mariachi Huenachi — until about 4 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m., a free screening of local films at Caffé Mela, including “Pedal-Driven” by Howell at the Moon Productions and the winners of the My Foothills Video Contest.
At 7 p.m., Portland band Radiation City will open for Hey Marseilles at the PAC.
Hey Marseilles is an indie folk band that combines accordion, strings, trumpets and everything in between. After Wenatchee, the band will headline the Capitol Hill Block Party and play Lollapalooza to promote their second album, “Lines We Trace.”
“I love that they’re regional. They have a great following here,” said Caffé Mela owner Darren Reynolds, who booked the show. “Their instrumentation is rather unique, and it appeals to a wide range of audiences.”
Tickets are $34.50 and will go on sale in about a week at pacwen.org.
In the meantime, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is collecting photos, videos and paintings for its four “My Foothills” visual art contests. The contests offer cash, prizes and exposure at Foothills Day. There are no entry fees and the deadline for submissions is May 3. Here are the highlights:
My Foothills Video Contest
The idea is to pour some creativity in explaining how the Foothills impact the lives of residents or visitors. Your video can be as simple as a personal narrative; or it can be a full-fledged production. It can be 30 seconds long. It can be three hours long, as long as it’s on Wedia, a video website dedicated to North Central Washington.
The Land Trust will assemble a panel of judges and reveal the winners on or around May 8. The first-place winner shall receive $150 in cash; second place shall receive a digital photo frame; third place shall receive a tripod.
The three winning videos will be screened with the North 40 Productions film “Pedal Driven” at 4:30 p.m. May 11 at Caffé Mela. The free showing takes place during the two-hour break between the music festival and headlining concert at the PAC. For details, visit gowedia.com.
My Foothills Photo Contest
The subject matter can be as small as a dewdrop or big as a mountain as long as it’s of the Foothills. The point of the photo contest is to demonstrate the diversity and richness of the Foothills, and the importance they play in the lives of residents and visitors.
Enter photos in four contest categories: Landscapes, Flora, People and Black and White. In this contest, Wenatchee Foothills are defined as resting between Squilchuck State Park and the Wenatchee River, and from just west of the city of Wenatchee to the Twin Peaks mountain formation. The winning photos will be on display at the PAC May 11.
Regardless of category, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is offering prizes to three overall winners: First place, $150 cash; second place, a Black Diamond hiking pole; and third, a camera bag. To enter, submit your photos at cdlandtrust.org/whats-new.
My Foothills Show of Paintings
The painting contest is open to anyone, including nonresidents. Like the photo contest, the subject matter has to be connected to the Wenatchee Foothills.
The paintings must be dropped off at the Land Trust office, 18 N. Wenatchee Ave., between 9 a.m. April 19 and 5 p.m. on May 3. Fill out an entry form at cdlandtrust.org/whats-new.
A panel of artists will judge the entries and announce three winners May 11. The prizes are: $200 cash for first place, a $100 gift certificate to McDee’s Art Center of Wenatchee, and a $50 McDee’s gift certificate for third place. The winning paintings will be on display at the PAC.
Student Visual Art Contest
Students kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to submit their paintings, drawings and photographs relating to some aspect of the Wenatchee Foothills. There will be five age categories and three divisions:
The first-, second- and third-place winners of each division and age group will be awarded ribbons.
Entries can be dropped off at school offices in the Wenatchee and Eastmont school districts or the Land Trust office through 3 p.m. May 3. All entries will be displayed at the PAC on May 11.
Rachel Hansen: 664-7139