Arts, music and fun to again be featured at StreetFest

Published 8:51pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fran Pearce, Co-chairman for the ArtsRevive Streetfest that will line up along Water Avenue Saturday, always explains art as a crossroads for people of all different walks of life. She also views it as a crossroads for all residents in Selma; an open and accepting venue for all colors, ages and social statuses to come together underneath its broad brush strokes.

Saturday entertainment for Streetfest will kick off at 10 a.m. and there will be scheduled events for children, juried artists presenting and selling their work and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform.

Residents are welcome to come free of charge and can even bring their dogs to the event.


Plenty to keep the kids busy

A Children’s tent will be setup for children of all ages on Water Avenue and everything from the opportunity to pretend to be a firefighter, to learning how to paint will be offered to children, free of charge.

Martha Lockett, board member for ArtsRevive said from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. children are invited to come to “Touch a Truck.”

“This is an event where children can come and see fire trucks, police cars, city dump trucks and even those trucks where the bucket goes into the power lines,” Lockett said, adding the children will be allowed to honk the horns and explore inside the trucks. “This will give our city rescue teams great publicity and really teach the children something exciting.”

Children’s events will continue throughout the day with an art tent opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This tent will feature crafts for kids like watercolors, pastels, oils and drawing.

Children can design their own construction paper quilts and then a hat booth will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“We are having a hat booth and the kids can come and make hats of all different designs like princess hats and pirate hats, out of butcher paper,” Lockett said. “Kids can also come and make flower pots out of newspaper and plant sunflowers in them. Then they can take them home and plant them in the yard.”

The flowerpot station will open at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. children can create art sculptures using magic clay and mold whatever their imaginations desire.


Juried arts of all

The event is hosting 35 juried artists who will all have their work for sale. Pearce said artists like Kay Jacoby from Montgomery will bring special painted plaques with quotes and designs and Susan Horn from Mockingbird Farms in Browns Alabama who will bring potted herbs.

“We will have 35 fabulous artists of all different types and we have some of our wonderful artists from the past returning, but we have reached out further and have artists from the surrounding area who want to come, which is so exciting,” Pearce said.


Stories to be told through music

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will be performing at 6 p.m. and the music will not be at all highbrow or difficult to understand. Led by Alabama composer and historian Bobby Horton, the music in the show will tell the story of the Civil War through music, performing songs like “Tombigbee River,” “The Battle of Shiloh Hill,” and Home Sweet Home.”

Pearce said she thinks the performance is a great venue for music entertainment that will be great for adults to enjoy and great for children to learn.

“The performance itself will be great for children as well as adults because Bobby really does a lot of story telling and talking about the Civil War. The music is from the Confederate as well as the Union soldiers,” Pearce said. “His stories in an interesting way, are woven into the whole orchestra. It will be quite a performance.”

Other live entertainment will be provided throughout the day like the Grasshopper String Band who will perform from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Morgan Academy students will do the Harlem Shake at noon. They will be followed by the Morgan Singers who will perform at 2 p.m. and the Providence Men’s Group to go on at 3 p.m.

Fuzion 100 Radio will be entertaining throughout the entire event.

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