StreetFest roars to life Friday

Published 11:28pm Thursday, May 3, 2012

Good music and tasty food could be the talk of the area this weekend during the second annual Arts Revive StreetFest in downtown Selma.

The two-day event, to begin today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Water Avenue at Church Street, will offer art and street vendors, activities for children, music and the annual Billy Atchison Memorial Fish Fry on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission and entertainment are free.

Ann Thomas of Arts Revive said the event offers something for everyone.

“It’s a place where people can come together and enjoy each other’s company,” Thomas said. “We have something for children, something for adults and something for all walks of life. StreetFest was done in the hopes of bringing people together.”

Thomas said this year’s musical venues, which will be held in the Carneal Arts Revive Courtyard, will offer more times and will include lunch.

Musical ensemble “Three On A String” will play today at noon and Concordia Jazz Band will play at 6 p.m. The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra will play Saturday at 11 a.m.

“Last year we didn’t have a small group, and ‘Three On A String’ — they’ve been seen throughout Alabama so people know them,” Thomas said. “We think the Concordia Jazz Band are wonderful. We hope people will find out just what a special group we have in Selma … we wanted to get them more visibility. And with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra … we want others to see what youth can do.”

Made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Thomas said organizers plan to make StreetFest an annual event.

“This year, it’s two days and we’ve gotten some requests to have it for more than one day, so we’re trying it for two days to see how that works for us,” Thomas said. “Vendors from out of town contacted us (and) we’re hoping as our reputation grows, we’ll have more people from out of town that will want to be a part of this event, that they’ll spread the word across the state and people can see what special things we have coming out of Selma.”

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