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Festival will feature food, music, friendship in Moeller Park

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Music, crafters, artisans and food all will mark the second annual Merion Village Festival, slated for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in Moeller Park.

The event is free and open to the public.

The festival is a way for neighbors to introduce themselves while learning about Merion Village businesses, eating food from local restaurants and grooving to live music, said Sarah Roell, a local business owner and member of the Merion Village Association.

The festival is a melding of the longstanding Crafters and Artisan Market and the block party, each held annually, Roell said.

"Last year we decided to combine the events and see what happened and it went really well," she said.

Among the attractions is a silent auction that will include gift certificates to local restaurants, a homemade meal for six, acupuncture services and other prizes, Roell said.

Several booths also will be dedicated to children's activities, she said.

In addition to businesses, the fest will feature local government groups, nonprofit organizations, churches, crafters and artisans.

Residents can dig through their closets to find gently used coats and blankets to be given to charity. Good Neighbors of Central Ohio will be collecting those items during the festival. The coats and blankets will be distributed during this year's picnic, to be held at Sept. 27 in Goodale Park.

Food vendors include Explorers Club, Red Brick Tap & Grill, Juergen's and Bake Me Happy.

Live music will be playing throughout the festival.

The set list includes solo pianist and singer-songwriter Jeff Straw, who will perform from noon to 12:45 p.m.

He will be followed by solo guitarist and singer-songwriter Jeff Tobin, who takes the stage from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Next up at 2-2:45 p.m. is the Intermittent Animals, a six-piece American band; followed by Blackberry Jam (formerly Telegraph Landshark), which will perform from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Finally, DH Experiment, a three-piece rock band, will close out the festival from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

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