Cedar Fairmount SummerFEST Adds New Partners for More Creative Opportunities

Sat 8/10 @ 1-6PM

The annual Cedar Fairmount SummerFEST, a one-afternoon event which has typically featured specials from local businesses, crafts, face painting and live music from locals, has expanded this year, drawing in new local partners, the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Music Settlement, for a greater emphasis on art and creativity.

Yes, there will still be face painting so tell the kids to stop crying. (Tell them there’s a law that festivals HAVE to have face painting.) But they can also join dance/painting artist Meghann Hennen at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s mobile Studio Go van, where she’ll be working with DayGlo plants and chalk artists, who will teach and collaborate with festivalgoers.

The Music Settlement will host musicians on the grassy knoll next to Nighttown with the Guerrieri/Perrine bass and sax duo playing jazz, blues and more, and Thorne Musica with Paul Kovac and Caroline King offering music from European, and North and South American folk traditions. And the Music Settlement will have a table full of instruments for people to try out, with instructors on hand to show you what to do. If you look like you’re having too good a time, they may sign you up for lessons on the spot!

Another local arts group on hand will be Praxis Fiber Workshop from the Waterloo Arts District who will demonstrate fabric dying and sell their distinctive scarves. The Cleveland Heights Church will also give kids a chance to create their own designs with Faber Castell kits. And Luna Bakery will be offering cupcake decorating lessons.

All of the usual attractions will be back including tours of the area led by historians from the Cleveland Heights Historical Society, booking signings at Appletree Books, and a merchants’ “Sale in the Alley.” Illustrator/designer Ralph Solonitz, architectural photographer Eric Silverman, nature photographer Adrienne Brockway, and Cleveland Henna’s Kristine Haberek will be selling their work, and the Cleveland Heights Police Department and Fire Department will be offering information and answering questions. And yes, there will be LOTS of food available.

Cedar Fairmount SummerFEST is free.

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