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Arts, music fest promise: 'Better than last year'

FestiVille gets new name, but art, music still celebrate Clintonville

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A FestiVille by any other name will probably be just as much fun.

Last year's Experience Clintonville-sponsored event to celebrate the neighborhood's 165th anniversary will return from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in and around the Whetstone Recreation Center, 3923 N. High St. It is now called the Clintonville Arts and Music Festival 2013, but the purpose remains the same.

The 2012 event drew thousands of residents for live music, artwork and food.

"Obviously, it's going to be better than last year," said Anand Saha, founder of Experience Clintonville.

More than 50 artists have signed up to participate, Saha said. They include people who work with fabric, paper, glass, wood and clay, as well as a mix of photographers, jewelry-makers, sculptors and fine artists.

Weiland's Market will return as the presenting sponsor and primary food vendor, featuring bratwurst, Italian sausage and fish tacos. Crimson Cup also is a primary sponsor, and O'Reilly's Pub is the stage sponsor.

Other committed sponsors include recycling sponsor Sobo Style, Wholly Craft, the Crest Gastropub, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Clintonville author Tracey Brandenburg, Advantage Driving School, Alison Rose, EconoHaul, Fireball Press, Robbie's Hobbies and Clintonville Outfitters.

For more information on sponsorships, email info@experienceclintonville.com.

Although busy with fine-tuning the new location of his Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, Saha said he and Charles Erickson of the Small Business Beanstalk stepped in to handle most of the arrangements for what was initially called FestiVille after last year's chief organizer, Olivera Bratich, took time off to have a baby.

The name FestiVille, Saha said, might have been a little confusing. The new, simpler title "gives it more of a presence," he said.

"It's clearer, reaches a broader audience," he said. "I think it's going to be around for a long time."

Local favorite Arnett Howard will highlight the musical lineup. He'll wrap up the festival with a performance that begins at 5 p.m. Mr. Daniel's Trail Walkers will open.

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