HOUGHTON - The onset of sunny days and warmer temperatures does not just indicate the approach of summer; it also means the Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival is upcoming.
The 10th annual collaboration of the Copper Country Community Arts Center and the city of Houghton will celebrate spring with an outdoor extravaganza taking place from noon to 7 p.m. June 11.
Located on the upper parking deck behind the Keweenaw Brewing Company this year, the festival will include live music, artist's booths food and other activities for all ages.
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Natasha Olson, her 2-year-old daughter Ahriana and family friend Mike Beiring chalk the brick pavers on the 500 block of Shelden Avenue last year during the ninth annual Houghton Spring Art & Music Festival. The free family art activities will return to the festival this year, which will be located at the parking deck behind the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton.
"We'll have the extreme bake sale, which is usually a big hit," Copper Country Community Arts Center Assistant Director Bonnie Loukus said. "We'll also have a plant sale, which is a kickoff for Art in the Garden. That's new this year."
Among the items being sold will be stained glass, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, woodworking, paintings, photography and several others. While perusing the booths, festivalgoers can listen to live music from five different local bands throughout the day, with Huffing Pink playing at 12:30 p.m., Gratiot Lake taking the stage at 1:45, JelliKat playing at 3, Uncle Pete's All-Star Barbecue Blues Band playing at 4:15 and The PasiCats playing the final time slot at 5:45.
For families interested in the festival, there will be free family art activities going on throughout the day. For the adventurous, a scavenger hunt of sorts called the Frog Hop is available, in which participants have to visit eight participating businesses, get their Frog Hop card stamped and return the card to the CCCAC booth before the last band plays. Those that participate will have a chance to win prizes from the eight businesses, which include Wicker and Willow, Surplus Outlet, Rhythm Skateshop, Pizzaworks, The Blue Iris, The Lunchbag, Chickadees and Downwind Sports.
Food and refreshments at the festival will be provided by Baxter's Heavenly Hot Dogs. In addition to the CCCAC and the city of Houghton, sponsors and supporters include Brockit Inc., Brassard Media, MTEC Smart Zone, Minnesota Public Radio, Keweenaw Brewing Company and Bohemia Printing.
For more information or to get an artist's booth, call the CCCAC at 482-2333 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.