Musicians rock the doghouse for a good cause

13 years ago

By Joseph Cyr
Staff Writer

    HOULTON — A day of fine music, food, games and antique automobiles drew a crowd of about 450 people to Monument Park Saturday for the second annual “Rockin the Doghouse Music Festival and Street Show and Shine.”
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CHILI CHAT — Jan Chandler, left, and Shelly Shavonelle stir up pots of chili and nacho cheese.

    The daylong event, which raised money for the Houlton Humane Society, featured performances from local bands Head Space, Three Steps, Mellow Endeavor, Wyatt Jenkins and Chuck Loucka and was highlighted by a concert from blues guitarist and Houlton native Mark “Guitar” Miller
    “Today has been just wonderful,” said Heather Miller of the Houlton Humane Society. “We have done a lot more this year than last year. We had triple the cars here that we had last year and attendance has been way up too.”
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TATOO ARTIST — Natayah Collins, 4, of Houlton, gets a temporary tattoo airbrushed on her arm by Bernadette Farrar of Tatitudes.

    Among the many activities held throughout the day were a giant bouncy house; a dunking booth from Aroostook Auto Glass, featuring local celebrities including Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin; Tatitudes, air-brushed tattoos; numerous children’s games; free rides in Humvee military vehicles; a 50/50 raffle; as well as a raffle for a 46-inch Sony LCD television won by Betsey Humphrey.
    “We’ve run out of pizza, cotton candy and soda so I would say we did really well here today,” Miller said. “Everyone has worked so hard for us. Being closed for four months had us out of the loop, so this was a good way to get back out in the public eye.”
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SPALSHDOWN — Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin, right, splashes into the dunktank as his wife Laureen reacts.

    She estimated the shelter raised nearly $2,000 from the event. In addition, four cats were adopted and a pair of dogs may have found a new home.

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CANDY GIRL — Betsy Humphrey prepares cotton candy Saturday afternoon at the second annual “Rockin’ the Doghouse” musical event. Humphrey was also the grand-prize winner of a 46-inch LCD television raffle.

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MUSIC MAN — Mark “Guitar” Miller performed Saturday evening at Monument Park as part of the second annual “Rockin’ the Doghouse” musical fundraiser for the Houlton Humane Society. The Houlton native performed an acoustic set for those in attendance.