Entertainment will be as much a part of this year's Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show as the informative demonstrations and exhibits.
Sponsored in cooperation with the Home Builders Association of Great Salt Lake, the free show will be combined with the annual Showcase of Homes May 19 through 21.A variety of performers - from boogie-woogie and comedy to bluegrass and barbershop - will entertain. Kicking off the schedule of performers will be the Small World Entertainers 4 p.m. May 19. The youngsters, ages 2 through 16, have performed throughout the United States as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Korea and many other countries during cultural exchanges.
They have appeared annually at Disneyland since 1976 in authentic costumes of many countries, and their performances include approximately 50 singers and dancers.
Featured on stage May 19 and May 21 at 7 p.m. will be the Saliva Sisters, a boogie-woogie and comedy team that has entertained audiences for years throughout the Mountain West.
They have become popular entertainers with their comedy sketches at art festivals, state fairs and other functions.
The Salt Lake Good Time Jazz Band will perform 3 p.m. May 20 on the entertainment stage in the Salt Palace exhibit hall. Following them at 7 p.m. will be the Rocky Mountain Jubilee, a quartet that has performed since 1983 with shows for young and old.
Performing May 21 at 3 p.m. will be one of the youngest professional bluegrass groups in America, the Peewee Pickers. Since their first show at a concert at Weber State College, the group has performed throughout the country at festivals, fairs, amusement parks and conventions.
But the entertainment is only a part of the Home and Summer Living Show. Hundreds of booths will feature items for the home and summer recreation.
In addition to the entertainment stage will be an area for demonstrations on various subjects, including interior decorating, microwave summer meals, residential lighting techniques, floral arranging and silk flowers, security alarm systems, mortgage financing and the new "no-qualifyer" FHA loan, tips for installing your own sprinkler system, and the use of stained glass for today's home.
One of the 30-minute demonstrations offers a panel of experts from the HBA Remodeling Council. An architect, remodeler and supplier will answer questions on remodeling.
Another feature of the show will be an information area set up by HBA with large colored photographs of 12 new homes constructed by its members. The homes, featured in the organization's annual Showcase of Homes, are located throughout the Salt Lake area.
After visiting the Salt Palace exhibits, showgoers are invited to visit the homes during regular open house activities during the week.