If you hear the sound of a steam train toot-tooting in the vicinity of East Richmond Heights this Sunday, it’s not your imagination. It’s just the star attraction of the hillside neighborhood’s first-ever festival, well, letting off a little steam.
This Sunday, July 16, 2017, will mark the “1st Annual East Richmond Heights Art & Music Festival,” a free, family-friendly festival with tons of fun on the day’s roster. Set to run from 12-6 p.m., the event will naturally feature art and music, as well as baked goods/food items, drinks and rides on a mini steam train for the littles.
Adding to the event’s allure is its singularly unique locale: It will be staged against the beautiful backdrop of the neighborhood’s resident Buddhist monastery, the Gyuto Foundation, on Bernhard Avenue between Cypress and Elm Streets in East Richmond Heights.
And the BEST part? All festival proceeds will benefit Mira Vista School’s art and music programs and also the “Save the Elm Street Oak” project.
According to East Richmond Heights’ neighborhood/event organizer Natalie Kniess in an email correspondence, “We have over 15 performing artists and our list of exhibitors keeps growing; I expect [the] roster to be around 30 exhibitors.”
Per Kniess, performing artists currently slated to appear at the festival include the Mira Vista School Glee Club, The Elm Street Blues Band, Dave Ridnell, Pete Madsen, Jenny Jup Benorden, Turpentine Remedy, Steve Gibson Band, Matthew Heulitt, Eli De Yoe, Balianese Gamelan Musicians, Jan & Mike, The Ghost Kings and The Secret Identities.
Exhibiting artists representing a variety of mediums who will be selling their creations at the festival will include Ross Holzman, Mike Chavez, Jr., Chico Coelho, Gary Becker, Ugandan Artists, Rebeca Gonzalez, Mark Conrad, Alex James, Johanna & Amanda, A&J Jewels, John Moore and Linda Ruiz-Lozito.
Festival organizers are still on the lookout for volunteers willing to work at the event and/or participate in it in one way or another. Those interested in pitching in can access the volunteer sign-up list here.
For info, contact Natalie Kniess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Kathy Chouteau, email@example.com