Strawberry Jazz Fest scheduled for June 3
May 18, 2012 4:34PM
Updated: July 1, 2012 12:01PM
KANKAKEE — The annual Strawberry Jazz Festival sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Kankakee County will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 at Gov. Small Memorial Park, 801 S. Eighth Ave.
The free event will feature the handmade work of 70 arts and crafts artisans and a variety of food vendors and entertainment.
Vendors will display quilts; needlework; watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings; wood carvings; pottery; jewelry and photographs; garden plants and sculptures; cement leaves and birdhouses.
This year, an auction, composed of gifts from vendors, will be held to raise funds for high school summer art scholarships. Other activities will include a car show featuring vintage autos from the Heiland Road Hot Rodders Club, and a used book sale by the Friends of the Kankakee Public Library.
There will be several activities for children. Museum volunteers will staff the Taylor Schoolhouse to read books and talk about what it was like to attend a one-room school. Booths will offer youngsters a chance to make shapes from strawberry sculpting dough and color large posters with hand-drawn designs created just for the festival. There also will be face painting and henna painting. A karate demonstration will be held featuring children.
Entertainment will include a Dixieland band, dancing groups, musicians, singers, jugglers, fire dancers, and skits by local theater groups. Local piano students will perform in the Kankakee County Museum.
There will be strawberries for sale, plus chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry pie, shortcake and other strawberry foods. Other vendors will offer pork chop and pulled pork sandwiches, rib tips, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn and cotton candy.
Parking will be free. Signs will guide drivers. For more information call 815-933-2787 or visit www.communityartscouncil.org