Festival set for Veterans Memorial Park near airport

Appearing in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

 Thursday, September 5, 2019  LOCAL NEWS

Sep 5, 2019

PARKERSBURG — The Festival of Art, Music and Movement will be held 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

The festival celebrates and fosters positive relationships among individuals, families, businesses and organizations, promotes sustainable lifestyles and interconnection to one another and strengthens the community through art, music and movement, officials said.

“What makes (the festival) different from other festivals is the emphasis on connecting people to each other and all the good things that already exist here to get involved in,” organizer Lisa Wynn said. “We’re featuring local music, especially up-and-coming young bands, local artists, local activities. The Mid-Ohio Valley continues to be challenged with significant difficulties. We wish to be defined by our strengths, rather than our adversities. That’s what FAMM is about.”

Free and open to the public, the Birth to Three program at the Children’s Home Society is sponsoring a tent dedicated to the needs of young families.

“Nursing mothers and those with small children will have a quiet place with everything they need to take care of their children and take a break from the busy activities,” Birth to Three coordinator Kim Kramer said.

The festival will feature hands-on activities for children and adults.

Arts activities will be provided for children by the Parkersburg Art Center and Artsbridge. The opportunity to try musical instruments will be provided by the Parkersburg High School band. Making useful objects from recycled materials will be organized by Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action.

Music is scheduled throughout the day and the audience should bring their lawn chairs and blankets. As a zero waste event, water will be provided for all, but the single-use plastic will be avoided.

Hot Dog Willie will be a food vendor. A bonfire will be lit as it gets dark and a drum circle will be organized to welcome the full moon later in the evening.

The schedule of music is:

∫ Evan Cunningham, 11:15 a.m.

∫ Emmett Tobius, noon

∫ New Old Age, 12:30 p.m.

∫ Abby Taylor, 1:15 p.m.

∫ Gal and Friends, 2 p.m.

∫ Guinevere Rose, 2:30 p.m.

∫ Canterberry Blues, 3:45 p.m.

∫ Forced to Engage, 5 p.m.

∫ Caitlin Kraus, 5:45 p.m.

∫ Brady Young Band, 7 p.m.

∫ New Old Age, 8:30 p.m.

∫ The Head Changers, 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Wynn at lisamarie.lmt@gmail.com, 740-350-8219 or the Festival of Art, Music and Movement on Facebook.