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Lazy Daze planners look to community for new blood

Plans already in the works for summer fest, but committee wants new ideas


The leaves may be falling from the trees, but planning for next year's Lazy Daze of Summer festival already is underway.

The Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Arts Council will hold a Lazy Daze organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

The 21st annual Lazy Daze festival will take place July 26, 2014, along First Avenue.

"We want to get more community members involved in planning the festival," said Madelaine Gordon, arts council secretary. "We need new people to join festival committees and also to serve as committee chairs" in such areas as sponsorship, artists, publicity, volunteers and the silent auction.

In recent years, the arts council has attempted to broaden the scope of the festival, inviting other types of artists along with the traditional arts and craft makers and musicians who participate, Gordon said.

"We've included activities like inviting a chalk artist," she said. "We're hoping that new people who help out with the planning of the festival will bring new ideas. They may know about an artist that we're not familiar with."

While Ruthanne James will continue as chairwoman of the festival, co-chairwoman Jeri Diehl Cusack will retire from the position -- although she will remain on as a consultant, Gordon said.

"We just want to make this a more community-oriented festival and make it an event that will continue to grow and evolve," she said. "That's why we're looking for some fresh ideas."

Anyone who cannot attend the Nov. 4 meeting or who would like to make suggestions to the planning committee may email Gordon at

For information about past Lazy Daze festivals, visit