Live Music & Movies July 6th-8th

You’re going to have a hard time choosing what to do the weekend of July 6-8. Check out these fun activities involving music and movies!

The Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival

The Veterans Memorial Civic and Conventions Center along with other venues in downtown Lima, Ohio are proud to host the Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival on July 6-8, 2012.

The festival screenings will be a combination of 8 Feature Films, 20 Short Films, and 8 Student films. After each film a brief filmmaker’s introduction will follow along with a Q&A session. The short films will be played in groups with a 30 minute Q&A open to audience afterwards. Between films, attendees will be able to purchase copies of the films as well as other merchandise.

Friday, July 6, 2012:

  • Panel Discussions and Q&A with the filmmakers
  • Karma: The Movie – Experimental
  • We Can Do This In Stanford – Documentary
  • Absent – Documentary
  • 2012 Celebration of Shorts – Short Films
  • Midnight Screening – The Selling

Saturday, July 7, 2012:

  • Films nominated by the Selection Committee for the 2012 Grand Prix (Outstanding Feature Film)
  • Celebration of Shorts: Judges’ Choice
  • The Future – Short Films
  • 2012 NWOIFF After Party

Sunday, July 8, 2012:

  • Films nominated by the Selection Committee for the 2012 Grand Prix (Outstanding Feature Film)
  • Celebration of Shorts: Director’s Choice
  • Awards GALA

Visiting artists include:

  • Andie Redwine – Producer/Screenwriter
  • Crystal Diane Stevens – Producer/Screenwriter
  • Glenn Berggoetz – Actor/Screenwriter/Producer/Director
  • Gregory Pitss – Producer/Screenwriter/Director/Actor
  • Justin Hunt – Producer/Director
  • Kevin Interdonato – Actor/Producer
  • Lamar Pitts – Student Filmmaker
  • Nate Simson – Student Filmmaker
  • Pierce Austin – Film Hair & Make-Up
  • Russ Russo – Actor/Producer
  • Tara-Nicole Azarian – Student Filmmaker
  • Theodore James – Producer/Screenwriter

For more information please visit:

Or Contact:

Len Archibald

Executive Director


Mennofolk Music Festival

Sixteen bands & artists will be performing in Bluffton, Ohio July 6-8 for non-stop talent and music. Providing a wide range of styles and harmonies, these bands have something in common. They all were a part of the Mennonite church and many of the groups are made up of the same family members.

However, this festival brings more than just sound & lyrics. The musicians have agreed to donate their services and the profit will be used towards healing various aspects of war including: The Iraqi Student Project, The Wounded Warrior Fund, and forms of military counseling

Listed below are the musicians and a brief description:

El Zarpe – traditional, Latin music group consisting of three siblings from Costa Rica, now live in Indiana

Five Times Harder – Wichita, KS made up of Tom and Lois Harder and their daughters

Three of the Mennofolk Bands are married couples:

  • Ron Freeman and wife Savannah
  • Dave and Joanna Woodsmall
  • Andi and Al Tauber

Strange Light – newlyweds Becca and Michael Lachman

Sour Cherry Pie – created by Phil Hart of Columbus, OH playing original folk songs that he started writing in the 60’s

Brad Yoder – amazing guitar skills have earned him “ruling the Pittsburg coffeehouse scene”

Karam Salem – Iraqi refugee performing classical repertory and his own compositions

Elizabeth Pixley-Fink – received a grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council to produce her first full-length solo album “Bloodroot and the Red Clover Quilt”

The Anabaptist Bestiary Project – rock and roll band as a contemporary bestiary

Heather Kropf – passionate about good health and healing our enivornment

Matt Keeler and band, Blues Reveler – transcendent power of America’s imagined past, understanding America’s history

Cottonwood Jam String Band – blend of traditional Old Time Appalachian, Folk, and Dance music

Andru Bemis – music expressing deepest emotions and entertaining

The Boondogglers – traditional country music and “Americana” genre with album titled “Songs of Life, Love, and Civil Disobedience”

Drop the Dawg – trio from Michiana, mix acoustic, pop, jazz, and gospel

Tickets for the Mennofolk Bluffton Music Festival are $15 and are available at the door. The event will be held at Bluffton University with optional food and lodging for attendees who pre-register at

From more information on these artists visit or

The Meeting Place on Market is excited to host two live music events Friday night, July 6th, and Saturday night, July 7th! On Friday night we welcome Brad Yoder, who is stopping in Lima for a show on his way to Mennofolk in Bluffton.

Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafs, churches, festivals, First Nights, and even the zoo. Brad has opened for a diverse range of artists, including Erin McKeown, Tegan & Sara, the Cowboy Junkies, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, the Vigilantes of Love, Emmylou Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Ellis Paul, and Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel, plus played the second stage for David Gray, Peter Paul & Mary, and Steve Earle/Jackson Browne.

Its Brads unique mix of humorous, poetic, political, funky and edgy original songs, covering a musical range from folk to indie rock (with unexpected musical and lyrical twists), that has earned him a loyal following ranging from kids in single digits through retirees. For more info, visit

Then on Saturday night, Singularity, a 5 piece Indie/ experimental/ alternative band from Lima, Ohio, will be performing at The Meeting Place on Market. They describe themselves as “a four piece band with a love for making sound that is pleasing to the ears, tickling to the heart, and nutrient to the mind.”  For more info, visit

Both concerts are free and open to the public at The Meeting Place on Market in downtown Lima.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own.

    Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Jennifer Brogee says:

      Yes, we are using wordpress. We just chose one of their built in themes – no html experience required.

  2. I love live music. I would love for you to check out my band! and there’s downloads

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