Fourteen local singers lit up the stage Sunday , August 12 as Big Top Chautauqua held its third annual Big Top Idol competition . Emily Belanger of Washburn won the title of Junior Idol . Kevin Soulier of Red Cliff took the top honors with Rebeka Robinson and Breanna Iverson ( both from Ashland ) placing 2nd & 3rd . Congratulations to all of our finalists .
Salute to our sponsor Bremer Bank !
Jr . Finalists Finalists
Eleven local businesses and individuals came together to sponsor a series of 5 educational and entertaining family matinees this summer – all free of charge to participants . The turn-out was fantastic with people of all ages attending to hear WC Clark sing the Blues , enjoy our own Laughing Fox play the Native flute , learn about the big drums of Japan , sing pirate songs with the Blue Buccaneers and enjoy the home-made instruments of That One Guy . Something for everyone ! Thanks to our generous sponsors who made it possible !
This engagement was supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund , a program of Arts Midwest , which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board .
Lectures and Workshops are supported by a grant from Chequamegon Bay Arts Council
Big Top performances are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts .
FREE FAMILY MATINEES !
Sun . Jun . 24 WC Clark – Texas Blues 2pm Wed . Jul . 11 Laughing Fox – Native Flute 2pm Sat . Jul . 28 Mu Daiko – Japanese Drummers 2pm Sun . Aug . 26 Blue Buccaneers – Pirate Band 2pm Sat . Sept . 1 That 1 Guy – One-man Band 10:30am
Sponsored by : Chippewa Valley Bank , McDonalds , The StageNorth Groundlings , Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation , Von Holzen ’ s , LBS Insurance , Chequamegon Theatre Assoc ., Deb & Jeff Lewis , Karen Traut , Barb Chapman , The Five Senses , Sazerac
FREE LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS +
Fri . Jul . 27 Mike Dombeck on Wisconsin Conservation Topics Sun . Jul . 29 Mu Daiko drum workshop Wed . Aug . 15 Bucky Halker on Woody Guthrie Centennial
Sat . Aug . 18 Betty Ferris on John Muir
Aug . 23 – 25 Singer / Songwriter Workshops by Meg Hutchinson , Jesse Winchester , Rad Lorkovic and more .
Sun . Aug . 26 African Drum and Dance w / Kellie Pederson & Scott Griffiths