Artists coming to Andover's 180th Anniversary Festival

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Two very unique artists will be at Andover’s 180th Anniversary Festival the first weekend in June. Kendall Davis of Rock Island will be on the lawn of the Andover Historical Society Museum on Saturday, June 6, from 10am-3pm, showing and demonstrating his boomerangs.

He has been making and selling boomerangs since 1975. There is no other American craftsman who makes boomerangs of the quality, finish and performance as does Kendall. He paints bright yellow/red/orange or blue/silver or red/blue/silver combinations, and maintains his interest by changing his colors and patterns.

Most boomerangs are made from either Baltic Birch or Finnish Birch. Kendall uses Hi-Quality Baltic Birch for his less expensive boomerangs, and top-grade Finnish Aircraft Birch for his more expensive boomerangs. His boomerangs return accurately and are not difficult to Another artist, Sam Schold of Sherrard, will be at the American Woman’s League Building from 10am-3pm on Saturday making music in one-of-a-kind, handcrafted guitars and ukuleles he makes using Spanish cedar cigar boxes for the guitar body. The cigar boxes come in many styles, colors and shapes, from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean area. He said they are something that you can’t go out and buy many places, and they sound like a mix between a banjo, a dulcimer and a guitar – it doesn’t sound like anything else. It usually takes Sam two days to make one, about 14 hours altogether. He says every one of his handmade guitars is different, and they sound different.

Sam has been playing guitars since he attended United Township High School in East Moline, and writes his own songs, and makes his own CDs. He loves the acoustic guitar because everybody plays electric, but not so many play acoustic.

Other activities in Andover that weekend include: barn quilt tour, Civil War re-enactments, antique lawn & farm tractor show, quilt show, delicious food, model boats on the lake, kids fun land, parade, band concerts, contests, shows, pork chop supper, fireworks, outdoor community worship service, salute to veterans, tug-of-war, and cemetery walk, to name a few. The full schedule can be found at andovertourism.com.