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Fiber Train Festival Hits Nampa

And Hyde Park Books hosts BLIP's Might Be Funny

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In August 2011, Hyde Park Books collaborated with Homegrown Theater to host BLIP, an informal play reading to showcase the work of some local playwrights. But the event generated so much interest, Hyde Park Books owner Jem Wierenga decided to make it a monthly event.

This month, the event is called Might by Funny and boasts Travis Swartz and Boise Weekly contributor E.J. Pettinger on Wednesday, May 30, from 7-9:30 p.m The reading will feature a collection of short comedy pieces, including letters to celebrities and scripts for commercials.

"The letter I wrote is to Oprah, and we have a commercial script for Frisky's Cat Food," Pettinger said. "But I don't want to give too much away."

Pettinger explained that he's excited to see what the audience thinks of his work and likes the casual feel of the event, which typically brings out anywhere from 10 to 30 people every month.

"And they're from all walks of life--students, theater people, literary-minded people, North End regulars," added Wierenga. "It's friendly and low key, and we like to keep it that way."

In Nampa, craft store Puffy Mondaes has taken what was once an intimate pursuit--knitting and crocheting--and turned it into a public festival. Puffy Mondaes will host the inaugural Fiber Train Festival Sunday, May 27-Monday, May 28.

The Fiber Train Festival will celebrate all things knitted, spun or crocheted with workshops, classes, food venders and shopping. Crafters from around the Northwest will hold demonstrations on everything from blacksmithing to Navajo spinning.

The Fiber Train Festival has even booked some swanky guests, including Lucy Neatby, with her hot-pink and spotted-purple hair, who will visit from Nova Scotia and teach classes on fixing up old projects and spiffing up socks.

Brenda Dayne, host of the popular podcast Cast On, is traveling to Nampa from Wales. She will teach classes on how to make wrist-warmers, as well as give a lecture on "A Memorable Yarn," comparing the muscle memory of the brain with the memories knitting creates.

Fiber Train will also hold a competition called Fiber Flaunt, which is a chance to show off your best hand-spun, hand-dyed yarns in categories like Sumptuous Socks, Lovely Lace, Color Explosion and Free Form Fun.

The community event is FREE to the public and will take place in Lloyd Square on Memorial Day weekend.

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