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Chickfest participants are, clockwise from the upper left, Callen Crenshaw, Kiki Roesch, Sue Ann Kern, Nancy Haga, keynote speaker Roxanne Hunt, Stacy Dymalski, Theresa Morin, Park City Treble Makers, Taylor Productions, Juanita Corum, Dawn Ramos and Chamaigne Montana-Sharette. (Image courtesy of Annette Velarde)
Last fall, Annette Velarde and a team of writers and performers debuted "Park City Giving a Bleep," a theatrical parody that made fun of everything from Park City to the 2012 Presidential campaign.

The idea of the performance was to donate the money raised from the ticket sales to as many of the nonprofit organizations in the area.

Velarde and her crew will do the same thing again this year, but in order to give as much money from the ticket sales as possible to the nonprofits, she needed to organize a fundraiser herself.

So, she conceived ChickFest 2013.

The event, which will take place at the Park City Library and Education Center from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, will feature mini workshops by local mystics, musicians, speakers, writers, health-food specialists, yogis, Reiki masters, healers, intuitive coaches, Angel Card readers, acupuncturists, animal communicator and more.

Velarde, who has always been drawn to the "Woo Woo," or mysteries of spiritualistic needs, said ChickFest is a dream come true.

"I've always been fascinated by these things, and had channel readings done when I was 18," Velarde told The Park Record. "I know there are all these different modalities of these concepts, and I'm interested in all of them."

Over the years, Velarde found Park City was a hot spot of these types of practitioners.


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"I wanted to try them all, but I either didn't have the time or the money or a combination of the two to do that," she said. "So, what I did was put together my own event, and in doing so, I found that the practitioners were more than happy to donate their times with each other in what I call the Woo Woo Café, and have dozens of attendees go about the room and make appointments for mini sessions.

" mini, I mean that some of these practitioners' sessions regularly run about two hours, but the sessions during Chickfest will be about 10 to 15 minutes," Velarde explained. "And if these practitioners strike at the heart of some of the attendees, they can contact each other later for longer sessions."

The ChickFest will start off at 11 a.m.

"I would highly recommend people get there around that time, because from then until noon, attendees will shop the Woo Woo Café and make appointments with these practitioners for the remainder of the afternoon," Velarde said. "Then beginning at noon, we'll have entertainment on the Divine Diva's stage in the Jim Santy Auditorium."

The performances will open with a Crystal Bowl cleansing ceremony performed by Theresa Morin, and a Native American Flute ceremony performed by Nancy Haga.

"After the ceremony, we'll have a keynote speaker, Roxanne Hunt, who is known as the Equine Diva," Velarde said. "She is an animal communicator, who helps pet owners whose pets have passed on, but also has a compelling message of realizing one's own power in the world."

After the speech, the rest of the entertainers who will perform include

  • Juanita Corum a Native American Medicine Woman.

  • Violinist Callen Crenshaw

  • Author, filmmaker and comic Stacy Dymalski

  • Sue Ann Kern, a social media aficionado, author and professional speaker

  • Chamaigne Montana-Sharette, who serves on the music team at the Center for

    Spiritual Living in Salt Lake

  • Inspirational speaker Dawn Ramos

  • Writer and lecturer Kiki Roesch

  • The Park City Treble Makers, an a cappella ensemble under the direction of

    Shelle Jennings, comprised of 17 female vocalists.

  • Taylor Productions, an entertainment company led by Tanya Taylor, whose

    mission is to build confidence, self-esteem, and musicianship among youth and

    adults.

    "The only thing that I asked of them was to perform something that truly inspires them, because there will be others in the room who will be moved by them," Velarde said. "While those performances are going on, the women will just slip out of the auditorium for their appointments before slipping back into the auditorium for the rest of the performances."

    The goal is create an event where women can share their talents with one another, Velarde said.

    "It's not a huge time commitment," she said. "First off, it's on a Sunday, so dad can watch the kids, and secondly, it's an opportunity for women to gather together for an event."

    Tickets are $25 and they can be purchased by visiting http://www.givingableep.com/learn-more-about-chickfest/ or at the door.

    "We prefer they buy tickets through the website so we can get an idea of how many people may show up," Velarde said.

    ChickFest 2013 will be held at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $25. The proceeds will benefit "Park City Giving a Bleep." For more information, visit www.chickfest.org.