Date: 16 August 1999
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Subject: [RichMailList 246]: LegacyFest 99 Scrapbook


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LegacyFest 99 Scrapbook

Hi Rich Friends,

I ended up with over 800 pictures from the Legacy Arts and Music Festival weekend. It will take me a while to go through them all, so until then I wanted to post a few for you now.

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Margaret Vague told stories and taught Native Beading in one of the many workshops available both Friday and Saturday morning. A talented artist as well as musician, Ragamuffin Jimmy A led a wire sculpture class. He confided he had never done that before, but the class created some neat sculptures and had fun just the same. This Train's (and Ragamuffin) Mark Robertson taught a songwriting class.
     
Most of the workshops were one day classes, and a couple were two day, like painting. Another of the two day classes was photography led by Ben Pearson (with some help from Jimmy A). I don't mind telling you it was a little intimidating shooting pictures in his class. One of the most popular classes was Michael Aukofer's hammered dulcimer and percussion class. One of their "projects" was parading through some of the other classes with their newly learned percussion talents. (I wish I had a picture of that!)
     
After the workshops on Friday morning and the last performance of the Canticle in the afternoon, it was on to the Friday evening concerts. Outside the concerts, booths were setup including this one for the Legacy. As well as ministry booths, there were some to purchase books and music, including Jani Dithrich's booth for the Ragamuffin Bookrack. One of the first bands Friday evening was Temple Yard, who had just returned from a very successful trip to Africa.
     
While Cindy Morgan was singing her beautiful songs for the crowd of about 2,500 people ... ... others were backstage meeting Michael W Smith and DC Talk. Left to right is Cindy Newland, Smitty, Doug Eltzroth, and Kevin Brocksieck. Doug and wife Cindy (friends of the Brocksieck's) run Collage, a ministry of Christian Artists, and were in town to perform in the Canticle Of The Plains - produced by Kevin and wife Nicole's Tapestry (also a ministry of Christian Artists). The meet and greet was specifically for a couple dozen winners of supporting radio station contests (including Light 99). It was rather interesting for Kevin, Doug, and Cindy to visit with DC Talk, considering both parties involvement in the Canticle (notice in the center, the two "Ivory's" together - Doug played Ivory in the play, and while Kevin Max sang Ivory on the recording).
     
This evening's performance was historic, as it was the first time that Smitty and DC Talk would perform on the same stage together. There's even rumors of a tour. Here they warmup backstage singing "Colored People." Back on stage, Lynda Prince led several Native American elders in a blessing of the evening's activities as well as blessing the Legacy. Linda was also one of the workshop teachers. Then it was time for what I'm sure many of the people came to hear.
     
The finale was extremely moving as Michael and DC Talk sang a few of their own tunes (including Smitty's new moving song about Cassie Bernall being martyred at Columbine High), a few of Rich's songs, and also some praise songs. An absolutely wonderful end to the first half of LegacyFest concerts. The Saturday concerts got started about 12:30pm, right after the second morning of workshops. One of the first up was Waterdeep, who just recently moved their homebase to Wichita. Next up was Billy Crockett, one of the original Ragamuffins, and also played on the Canticle project.
     
One of my personal favorites, Carolyn Arends was next with her band - Spencer Capier (left) and Spencer Welch. Carolyn poses with Randy Freeland, a Legacy intern studying to be a pastor. (Randy also helped us in the Canticle to pronounce the Native American words properly.) Even though it was still hot, the weather was very cooperative (considering it was up to 106 and 105 for the two days prior to the festival, and dropped to 90 and below for the weekend). Here Kimberly Guerrero and David Mullins enjoy the sun, music, and ministry. Kimberly played "Rhoda" in the Canticle and also taught an Acting workshop.
     
Next up - always a favorite - This Train. They played some old favorites and some from the upcoming CD, "The Emperor's New Band" (watch here for a preview of this awesome new CD). (l to r) Cobra Joe, Mark Robertson, and Jordan Richter. Third Day really rocked the house ...
     
... and praised the LORD. The spirit of praise and worship was very comforting throughout the festival. One of my favorite songwriters, Chris Rice, was joined during his set by one of my new favorites, Ginny Owens. Ginny, who played her set earlier in the afternoon, was also invited up by the Ragamuffins later that evening. Light 99 DJ Dan O'Neil's daughter Missy and Carolyn Arends' son Ben had the right idea for keeping cool.
     
Phil Keaggy was joined by (among others) Phil Madeira on Hammond Organ. Phil's guitar playing was smoking! Phil was also joined by Michael Aukofer, and they gave us all a sweet surprise by playing "Madeline's Song." Native American elders bless the concert, the Legacy workers/volunteers, and the crowd.
     
Finally the Ragamuffins took the stage, but were minus Aaron Smith. We were informed that Aaron's mom had a heart attack last week, and he was home with her as she recovered from double bypass surgery. Please pray for Aaron and his mother. When we were encouraged to whistle along on "Boy Like Me...", one of the crowd jumped up with her penny whistle and covered the part of us. Michael covered percussion for the absent Aaron. Though the Rags said they were feeling a little out of their element without a complete band, the songs were wonderful and ministered to many who had come (some for the first time in Wichita) to honor Rich's memory by supporting the Legacy.
     
A weary Alyssa Loukota and David Mullins thanked the people for coming to the festival and supporting the Legacy. The preparation and managing of this event was massive, and though the attendance was lower than expected, God used the festival to touch many hearts. All in all a God-pleasing weekend.
     

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