Clipper Staff Writer
WOODS CROSS — A little spark of an idea has grown into an artistic blaze.
The Main Street Merchants Association will host the first-ever Main Street Music and Arts Festival on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the downtown area. The event will feature musicians, artists and dancers performing all up and down the street, as well as a musical instrument petting zoo and other kids’ activities.
“We thought it would be cool if we could have a cultural event on Main Street,” said Mike Murphy, one of the event organizers. “We have these cute little alcoves all down the street, and we thought it would be neat if we could fill all those up with different types of artists.”
He added that the list of artists has grown dramatically as word spread about the event. A host of jazz, folk and classical musicians will be participating in the event, including the Farmington Jr. High Madrigals. For even more variety, a battle of the bands will start at I p.m. near the Bistro on Main.
For kids, Bountiful Music will play host to a musical instrument petting zoo. Kids can come by and see what it feels like to play a guitar, drums, and various other band and orchestra instruments.
“There will be a wipe for the mouthpieces,” said Murphy. “It’s a good chance to try different instruments out.”
There will also be several dance groups, including ballet dancers, modern dancers and Irish step dancers. Local artists who will be represented include Rebecca Man, Stan Elmer, Barbara Gustaveson and more. There will also be face painting, a silly photo booth and other activities for kids.
“I never thought this thing would turn out to be this big,” said Murphy. “There’s going to be so much stuff.”
Immediately following the festival, Lamplight Art Gallery will hold an open house for artists Barbara Dowdle and Deon Dowdle Quitberg from 4-6 p.m. The artists will also offer insights into their sketching and gesture techniques. The gallery is located at 170 S. Main Street.
If this year’s event proves successful, Murphy expects everyone back next year.
“We hope it’ll get bigger and bigger,” he said. “It’ll be worth it.”