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'Music & Art by the Train' to spotlight Manatee's rising stars Saturday in Parrish

The Pumpkin Patch Express is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. 
The Pumpkin Patch Express is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. PROVIDED PHOTO Glenn Miley

PARRISH -- Some of the Bradenton area's brightest young performers are set to take the stage at Music & Art by the Train, which returns for a second year to Parrish from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Music headliner will be Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band.

Rising stars set to perform on the festival ground at the Florida Railroad Museum,

12210 83rd St. E., include:

Matt Walden, Manatee High School graduate who charted No. 38 on the iTunes' singer-songwriter charts with "Flipped the Script."

Paige Merriman, a 15-year-old Lakewood Ranch High School student who recently released her first CD.

Brook Bonderer, 18, a State College of Florida student working on her first CD. She has performed with "American Idol" finalist Sam Woolf of Bradenton.

Kaitlin Folsom, a 10th-grader at State College of Florida Collegiate School, who was the Bradenton-area Idol winner this summer.

"This is our first year being at Music & Art by the Train," said Del Couch of Del Couch Music Education Foundation. "It's a real proving ground for young artists to get their chops together and play before different crowds on a new stage."

The Manatee School for the Arts Jazz Band, directed by Paul Henry, will also perform.

Local artists will be showing and selling their work, including water colors, acrylics, oils, fiber arts, photography and stained glass.

Art demonstrations are planned at 11:30 a.m. by Joe Kanoza, 1 p.m. by Mara Trumbo and 2:30 p.m. by Barbara Hart.

Food booths and a children's section provided by the Parrish YMCA will be available. Donation is $5 per person. Children under 12 admitted free.

The festival is designed to showcase Parrish as a destination, and highlight the Florida Railroad Museum as one of Manatee County's top draws, said Norma Kennedy, president of the Parrish Arts Council.

The museum is running its Pumpkin Patch Express to Willow and back at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. Sunday .

Pumpkin Express tickets start at $18 for adults and $14 for children 11 and younger, and can be reserved online at

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.