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Live music, entertainment coming to Minerva Saturday

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The Brick Street Jazz Festival will once again bring live music, food, art, and children’s games and hands-on art and music activities to Minerva’s North Market Street May 11 from 12-9 p.m.

Music will get under way at noon on the festival stage, sponsored by Frontier Communications, with jazz saxophonist Denny Ott, followed by the Brighter Side Band, sponsored by Minerva Dairy Queen, playing the blues at 1 p.m.  Beaver Local High School’s jazz band will take the stage at 2:30 p.m., followed by bands from McKinley High School at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Swing Machine Live will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Minerva High School jazz band at 7 p.m., and headlining act, The John Trapani Big Band, will take the stage at 8 p.m.

New to the festival this year will be the Gallery-on-a-Bus, sponsored by Minerva Area Federal Credit Union, a walk-through exhibit of artwork created by Minerva Elementary students.

The Market Street Art Spot will host a display of Minerva High School students’ artwork, as well as an invitational exhibit titled “The Art of Jazz.” Throughout the afternoon, the Art Spot’s resident artists will demonstrate throwing pottery, woodturning, and painting.

Make-and-take art projects will be available in the free children’s art area, sponsored by Colfor manufacturing, 12 - 7:30 p.m., and at All About the House, 218 N. Market St., children can collaborate with owner Tim Matthews to transform pieces of furniture into works of art.

Minerva Public Library will offer a free craft for kids, and free children’s games will be available, 12-7:30 p.m., sponsored by Minerva-area churches. The Minerva Band Boosters will provide an instrument petting zoo, where children can try out instruments.

Proud guitar owners can bring their favorite unique, classic, antique, or extra-beautiful guitars to the Guitar Cruise-In and Jam at Minerva Music Center, 119 N. Market St., 1:30-6 p.m. They can show off the guitars during this one-day exhibit and sit in with the in-house performer. For more information, call Minerva Music Center at 330-868-5708.

Great Trail Care Center and the Market Street Salon will co-host a mini-Mother’s Day Spa Event, 1-4 p.m., in the salon at 226 N. Market St., featuring free massages, mini massages, manicures and pedicures, and refreshments. Ladies can upgrade manicures, pedicures and hair services for a fee.

Food available will include smoked chicken, sausages and pulled pork from Kishman’s IGA, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, Linscotti’s pizza by the slice, chicken-salad sandwiches and baked goods by Overholt’s, wraps from the Stone Pelican Rolling Café, lemonade, kettle corn, French waffles, and shaved ice. Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant at 101 N. Market St. will offer sidewalk-café dining during the festival.

The Minerva Historical Society’s Haas Museum will be open 1-4 p.m.

Lion’s Den Sport Shop will sell the official festival t-shirt by pre-order and the day of the festival. Sizes YS through adult XL are $10 each, XXL is $12, and XXXL is $13.

The festival will go forward rain or shine, but in case of rain the bands will play in the Roxy Theatre at 114 N. Market St.

For more information, contact the Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-868-7979 or denise.freeland@minervachamber.org.

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