15th Lazy Daze festival set for Saturday on First Avenue

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The 15th annual Lazy Daze of Summer Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The festival, presented by the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council, will be held on the lawn and streets surrounding the Grandview Heights Public Library.

Fifty-five arts and craft exhibitors will display their work, including all seven award winners from last year's festival, library community liaison Jeri Diehl Cusack said.

The arts council tries to select a variety of arts and craft exhibitors and entertainment for the festival to offer something for everyone, she said.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day at the main stage.

The entertainment lineup will be capped off at 4:05 p.m. with a reunion performance by Jamburger, a former Grandview-based band specializing in 1960s and '70s rock and soul music; and at 5:15 p.m. with a performance by The Umbrella Men, an indie/folk music duo.

The entertainment schedule begins at 11 am. with a performance by the Grandview Parks and Recreation Children's Dancers and Little Cats. The rest of the lineup will be Habeeba Belly Dancers, 12:30 p.m.; Grandview Gingersnaps, 1:30 p.m.; Verses, a duet featuring Vanessa Welch and Brad Law, 2 p.m.; the Jollysteppers, Bella Tappers and Zumba Boomers, 2:30 p.m. and the Imaginating Dramatics Company, 3 p.m.

The presentation of this year's festival awards will be held at 4 p.m. on the main stage. The Best of Show award will be judged by Lynette Santoro of the Upper Arlington Arts Council and local artist Karen LaValley. The judges will also select five honorable mentions.

The People's Choice Award winner will be determined by the vote of festivalgoers. Votes can be cast at the arts council booth.

The arts council booth will sell Lazy Daze posters for $5, "A Century of Welcomes" posters for $10 and Lazy Daze T-shirts for $10.

The business and community showcases and the Friends of the Library paperback and audio-visual sale will also take place along First and Oakland avenues.

Free children's art activities will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at Oakland and First avenues.

Bids for a silent auction will be accepted from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Bids will be accepted for some of the library's collection of art prints, a Grandview poster designed several years ago by Mike Dexter of IDC Design, a pastel painting donated by local artist Sandy Reddig and other donated art items.

A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will be contributed to the scholarship fund the arts council is developing through the Columbus Foundation, Cusack said. The council will also make donations to the library and Grandview Parks and Recreation Department.

This year's Lazy Daze festival is being held on the same day as the monthly Grandview Hop.

The hop features art exhibits and other activities from 4 to 9 p.m. at participating galleries, restaurants and businesses along Grandview, First and Third avenues.

"The two events tie in together so perfectly," Cusack said. "People can visit Lazy Daze then head on over to the Grandview Hop."

Volunteers are still needed to help artists set up Saturday morning and to take care of other tasks throughout the day, including bringing exhibitors food and water and staying at booths while exhibitors take a break, she said.

"We can use anyone for whatever time they are able to work," Cusack said.

Volunteers who work at least four hours at the festival will receive a Lazy Daze T-shirt., she said.

A group of high school students will be helping with clean up after the festival ends, Cusack said.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Sonya Feathers at 832-7190.

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