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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

Art walk celebrates 175 years of Fairfield

Jul 02, 2014

It’s a “pARTy in the Park” Friday evening as Fairfield celebrates July Fourth and the 175th birthday of the city of Fairfield.

With a full entertainment schedule from 6-10p.m., no one will won’t want to miss a minute of the Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk.

From 6-6:30 p.m., a ceremony is planned to welcome visitors, veterans and everyone celebrating on the square.

Councilman Michael Haley will emcee, with Mayor Ed Malloy giving a welcome. Fairfield’s own Bowman Siblings will sing the national anthem, and all the military veterans in the audience will be thanked for their time and service.

From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fairfield native C.J. Gaston will perform at the Ron Prill Bandstand, sharing his wonderful voice and guitar.

From 8-10 p.m., Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Kevin King and the Iowa All Stars will perform 1960s-70s rock ’n’ roll music in the Ron Prill Bandstand.

King, a professional musician since the early 1970s, has traveled across the United States and Canada and played with some of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest acts, including Chuck Berry, Lou Christie, Tommy Roe, Del Shannon, Little Anthony, The Coasters, The Drifters, The Shirelles and many more.

With his All Iowa All Star band, King is sure to have the square rocking and rolling during the July Fourth Celebrate Iowa artwalk.

In addition, more than a dozen food vendors, numerous artists, area nonprofit organizations and children’s activities will be happening and showcased throughout the evening.

Magician Luke Hillis will perform in the Kids Korner and later around the square.

Art walk board member Maddie Grimillion will pose another question on the special art walk “chalk board” by the art walk information tent, and the tent will have information on Fairfield’s 175th birthday weekend celebration, give-a-ways and more.

In addition, local businesses, restaurants and galleries will present a wide array of art, food and the social interaction that makes 1st Fridays Art Walk and Fairfield events so unique.

A special scavenger hunt throughout the businesses is planned during the art walk.

Participants in the July art walk include: The Orpheum Theater, Carnegie Historical Museum, ICON Gallery and the Fairfield Art Association. Additional locations open for the evening include: Americus Diamond, Chocolate Café, Henderson’s Gallery & Framing, Urban Village Collective, Earth & Water Tea Shop & Gallery, Revelations, Pure Imagination and The Gardens Arbor Bar. Art 52 and a new gallery at 102 N. Court St. also will join in the July celebration.

“We are thrilled to be part of this three-day celebration of the 175th anniversary of Fairfield,” said Cindy Woodbury, the art walk’s executive director.

Cambridge Investment Research, Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau, ART WORKS of NEA and Waste Management are sponsors of the July art walk.

A full schedule for the July Fourth event can be found at www.fairfieldartwalk.org and the Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.travelfairfield.com.

For information regarding Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk in general or to participate in future art walk events, contact Woodbury, at 233-8883 or fairfieldartwalk@gmail.com.

 

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