The fifth annual Polish Hill Arts Festival is this upcoming weekend and is happening a bit earlier than usual this year. This family friendly event runs Sunday, July 8th from noon to 9PM and includes a variety of musical acts, food vendors, and roughly 30 artists and craftspeople selling their work. There will also be free hands-on art activities from Little House, Big Art, which will be offering face painting, pottery wheel demos, and more. Cartoonist Andy Scott is curating a group art project and the Carnegie Library is hosting street chalk art, a library card signup and a craft project. In addition to all this fantastic programming, the back room of Gooski’s is hosting a reading from 7-8PM, featuring Lori Jakiela, poet Bob Pajich and Dave Newman.
Not familiar with the festival? Here’s a little background info from their website:
“In 2008, the Polish Hill Civic Association decided to start a new neighborhood event that would complement the traditional parish festival, and produced the first arts festival, then called Art What You Got. Each year since, the arts festival has taken place on the day after the parish festival — creating a Polish Hill festival weekend of old and new. In 2010, it was renamed the Polish Hill Arts Festival to honor the neighborhood connection. We are proud to produce a quirky, friendly, relaxed event that is unique among the many arts festivals in the area.”
Steve Bland returns this year with his yummy Thai food, including chicken on a stick and vegetarian options. The Franktuary truck will be present from 4-9, and when you’re finished, you can wash everything down with some delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, who will also be on site. We recommend trying some Polish food, courtesy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. There will also be other vendors with vegetarian and vegan food for those of you on special diets.
The schedule of music for the day is as follows:
12:15 – 1:00 Zout (klezmer)
1:15 – 1:45 The Committee for Getting Attention (solo folk singer)
2:00 – 3:00 Dragging the Stone Big Concept Band w/ Steve Pellegrino
(“Americana with a twist and modular music”)
3:15 – 4:15 Truth and Rites (reggae)
4:30 – 5:30 Timbeleeza (Brazillian samba drumming)
5:45 – 6:45 The Frantic Heart of It (pop/punk)
7:00 – 7:45 Lungs Face Feet (Cumbrian-influenced brass band)
8:00 – 9:00 Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band (country / roots / Americana)
Have more questions? Drop them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412.681.1950.