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FMU hosts 23rd annual Art's Alive festival, July 1

FLORENCE, S.C. – Art’s Alive, an annual community celebration of the arts, will be held at Francis Marion University, Saturday, July 1.

The one-day festival, which will run from 3 to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine, has traditionally been held in April. This year, however, organizers decided to hold the event in July to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of Francis Marion University and incorporate a patriotic theme to honor the Independence Day weekend.

The festival is free and open to the public and will feature visual and performing arts to entertain all ages. There will be a variety of musical performances, including bluegrass, beach, jazz and chamber music.

Children’s entertainment includes a clown mime, juggling, comedy and puppets. There also will be a number of hands-on activities for children, such as masks, bracelets and bookmarks. Face painting and balloon sculptures will be available as well.

The event also boasts artists and craftsmen showcasing their skills, including painting, basket making, chair caning and origami. Several art exhibits will be on display.

The Society for Creative Anachronism will re-create the Middle Ages for spectators, and hot-air balloon rides will be offered, weather permitting.

Festivalgoers may bring a picnic or purchase food from a variety of vendors who will be on hand.

At 8 p.m., the Florence Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert in the Smith University Center, featuring patriotic music. A fireworks display will follow on the athletic fields behind the center at 9:30 p.m.

Art’s Alive was recently named “Best Annual Event” in the Morning News “Best of the Pee Dee” readers’ poll.

Major corporate sponsors of the festival are Adams Outdoor Advertising, Shoney’s and WBTW-TV 13.


Hyman Fine Arts Center Theatre
4 p.m. “A Lincoln Perspective” as told by Billy Brown – Bill Jellison presents a historical and entertaining look at President Abraham Lincoln
5 p.m. Jazz Plus
6 p.m. Florence Little Theatre Ensemble
7 p.m. Jazz Plus (repeat performance)
Outdoor Stage
3 p.m. Florence All City Children’s Workshop Choir – fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from public and private schools in Florence and Darlington
5 p.m. Carolina Rebels Bluegrass Band
6 p.m. Scott Free – beach music
Hyman Fine Arts Center, Adele Kassab Recital Hall
4 p.m. Katie Taylor, harpist; Maureen Simpson, soprano
5 p.m. The Masterworks Choir
6 p.m. Woods Family
7 p.m. Pandean Players – chamber music wind quintet
Under the Big Top Tent
3:30 p.m. Mark Lippard – comedy, juggling
4:15 p.m. Tricia and the Toons – an interactive, fun-filled musical adventure featuring a whimsical troupe of puppet friends
5 p.m.  Professor Effluvium’s Poppycock Revue – clown mime, juggling
5:45 p.m. Tricia and the Toons (repeat performance)
6:30 p.m.  Mark Lippard (repeat performance)
7:15 p.m. Professor Effluvium’s Poppycock Revue (repeat performance)
Cauthen Educational Media Center – Founders Hall Plaza
Antique trunk restoration; Pee Dee Basket Makers Guild (reed baskets); Chair caning; Sweetgrass baskets; Country Chores (hand-carved figurines); Origami
Hyman Fine Arts Center Plaza
Native American oils by James Meekins; Portraits in oils and watercolors by Lorna Shanks; Portrait sculpture by Wanwadee
Hyman Fine Arts Center Lobby
Artist Lynda English; Visual Art and Art Education faculty exhibit; Senior and Advanced Ceramics students exhibit
Founders Hall Plaza
Hands-on activities for children – American flags, panda bear masks, beaded bracelets, creative bookmarks, clay creations, fingerprint fun
On the Central Campus Grounds
Society for Creative Anachronism – re-creates the Middle Ages with displays of period dress, armor, leatherwork and calligraphy, along with dancing and fighting demonstrations
Hot-air balloon rides – wind and weather permitting
The Patriot Poet Tree – write a poem, make a poem, read a poem
Balloon sculptures by Tim Fisher
Sidewalk chalk art
The Dragon – jump and romp around inside a dragon
Face painting by Terry Brennan and Lisa Culpepper
Food – bring a picnic lunch or purchase food from a variety of vendors
Smith University Center
8 p.m.  Florence Symphony Orchestra concert – patriotic music in celebration of Independence Day weekend
9:30 p.m. Fireworks display (athletic fields behind Smith University Center)

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Last Published: February 15, 2006 10:30 AM
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