‘Whatever’ prizes awarded


GARDINER – Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center’s Whatever Festival Talent Show was held in Gardiner Waterfront Park on June 23. Host Gary Crocker introduced the competitors and entertained the crowd between acts.

Four prizes were awarded by a panel of judges from the Kennebec Valley region. Jazz singer Sami Stevens of East Winthrop won the grand prize of $250, with “At Last.”

The prizes of $100 each were: first, Erik Anderson of Rome, playing keyboard and singing “Momma a Rainbow”; second, Elyse Barnard of Augusta, singing “Popular” from the musical “Wicked”; and third, Mara Hayford of Augusta, singing an original country tune, “Set the Music Free.”