Third Arts and Music Festival has families in mind


Preparations for the third annual Clintonville Arts and Music Festival are going like a charm, says Anand Saha, founder of sponsoring organization Experience Clintonville.

"This, the third year, was the easiest to put together -- much easier than the second year," he said last week. "It just all came together."

What began as FestiVille in 2012 to celebrate Clintonville's 165th birthday, but which was renamed for a second annual gathering, will take place Saturday, Sept. 6, at Whetstone Park, 3923 N. High St.

The neighborhood arts festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

The fest will feature a variety of bands and nearly 30 arts and crafts vendors working in such disciplines as ceramics, jewelry, paper, fiber, candles and clay.

The musical lineup was designed to be family-friendly, with some entertainers chosen to appeal specifically to children, according to an announcement. The fest also will feature a bounce house and a children's area with music and crafts.

The performers and artists include a nice mix of returnees and first-timers, said Saha, who helped launch the neighborhood-promoting organization and website in 2011.

"It has obviously grown," he said. "It seems that there's more community interaction. More people are interested in what's going on in Clintonville.

"Our message is coming out loud and clear."

Saha added that Jonathan Barth of Clintonville Outfitters served as the main organizer for this year's edition of the event.

The festival is sponsored by Weiland's Market, Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, Clintonville Outfitters, Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Wholly Craft, Sobo Style, Alison Rose Hand-Printed T-Shirts and Goods, Artisan Dance Studio, Firefly Play Cafe and Raising Cane's.

Live performances are scheduled throughout the day from Mr. Eric, Tim O'Connor, Arnett Howard, the Bug Hounds, Grassahol, Jimmy Razor and the Exceptions, the Mos Eisley Brothers and Chittenden Hotel.

The first 35 people to spend at least $75 at festival vendor booths will receive a free T-shirt from Alison Rose.