Minerva to host Brick Street Art & Jazz Fest on May 13

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Minerva’s historic North Market Street will be the site of the 12th annual Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 13. The festival will showcase a variety of musical styles, interactive art activities for all ages, food, and fine crafts.

The festival will be kicked off by the Minerva Community Jazz Band, a professional big band jazz band led by Minerva High School band director Derrick Maxey. They will perform at 12:15 p.m. Other professional bands include The John Reese Trio at 3 p.m., The Jazz Society Big Band at 4:15 p.m., and the Alliance Symphony Orchestra Big Band from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Live music will start even before the festival officially opens, with saxophonist Denny Ott playing during setup. The festival will also feature performances from a variety of high school and middle school jazz bands throughout the day.

The festival will offer interactive art activities for all ages, including hands-on projects provided by Minerva Public Library, SPARK, and the Kids’ Art Area sponsored by Minerva Area Federal Credit Union. There will also be strolling magic by Tim Angeloni, balloon creations by Joe Delagrange, drum circles, and more.

Artists will be demonstrating their skills throughout the festival, with downtown shops open and many artists and fine crafters selling their work, such as handmade soaps, scrubs, and lotions, jewelry, fabric and wood creations, decorative items, and much more. Food options will include sandwiches from Candlelight Catering, kettle corn, and French waffles.

The Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) will be in effect during the festival, and DORA beverages may be purchased at Sandy Springs Brewing Co., Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant, Stoney Inn, and the Normandy Inn.

Admission to the festival is free, and it will go forward rain or shine. For more information, contact Derrick Maxey at [email protected].