All Nations Unite at Portland, TN Powow

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An All Nations Powow will gather in Portland, TN on the lovely 400 acre Bottom View Farm, in a week of dancing, drumming, singing, and festivities benefitting Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

On June 4 and 5, the Friends of Bottom View Farm are hosting a Native American Festival and Pow Wow benefiting the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The festival will provide fun for the entire family including arts & crafts, frybread, buffalo burgers, a silent auction, music, and authentic Native American dancing.

Upon announcing the event, Cathy Gregory, Pow Wow Co-Chairperson said, “We’re so happy to be able to contribute to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. This fund is overseen by doctors, administrators and others who see to it that the fund helps the neediest families.”

Emceeing the event will be Singing Wolf Records artist J.J. Kent. His knowledge and talents within the Native American community make him a popular speaker and entertainer. The All Nations Celebration Concert, Saturday at 6:30 p.m., will feature dynamic performer Ricky Lynn Gregg, who just released his third album on RMG Records, and Kim McLean, who's burning up radio with her Country Christian Top Ten "Angels and Eagles," a duet with Dolly Parton. The concert also features the bluegrass band Portland City Limits, who have played together for over 20 years, including dates with such artists as the legendary Mac Wiseman. This unique band plays monthly at Bottom View Farm.

The beautiful 600 acre Bottom View Farm is located near Portland, TN, about 35 miles outside of Nashville. Camping will be available on the farm. The Pow Wow will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Grand Entry Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Gregory said, “Dancers and drums come to the Pow Wow to honor their native traditions and bring people together for a celebration. They don’t get paid but hope to meet their expenses by competing for “luck of the draw” prizes.” All drums and dancers are welcome.

The Pow Wow does not allow selling of stone pipes, grave artifacts or other sacred objects. Gregory said, “This is out of respect for our native ancestors and traditional ceremonies. Also, anything that’s offered for sale at the Pow Wow that is not made by Native Americans will be labeled accordingly.”

Admission to the Pow Wow is $6 for adults, $3 for youth to 12, and free for children under 5 and seniors. All proceeds go to benefit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Armed forces veterans are also being honored, and veterans of World War II will be presented with a unique medal of appreciation. All veterans are invited to participate in the Grand Entry.

Trash removal services are provided by Tennessee Waste, Nashville’s only firm devoted to construction recycling.

For more information, contact Joe Johnston at 615-333-7500 or joe@joejohnstonarts.com.

To schedule an interview or live performance from any of the featured performers, contact Devon O'Day at (615)400-5140.

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