The 46th annual Batesville Music and Arts Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The event opens Wednesday, June 19, with the Endless Summer Band taking the stage at Liberty Park (please see box). The Indianapolis-based dance band will get people on their feet as members perform a variety of tunes from the '50s to today's hits during a two-hour performance.
A variety of activities will be hosted at two different locations Thursday, June 20.
The 21st annual Batesville Area Arts Council Community Art Show reception takes place at the Batesville Memorial Public Library. Artists 18 and older will be awarded prizes in four categories: fine arts 2-D, fine arts 3-D, applied arts and photography. The artwork will be displayed there until Thursday, June 27.
On that same evening, there will be musical entertainment at the park. Disney's "Aladdin" will be presented by Miss Shannon's Music Studio. The cast includes Lily Gellenbeck, Mikaela Gutzwiller, Toccoa Filice, Delia Filice, Olivia Leising, Sophia Leising, Leo Canessa, Maddie Schrand, Mary Hunter, Olivia Phebus, Gabe Yunger, Rose Yunger, Vincent Keck, Quinn Keck, Mary Kara Wanstrath, Zoie Coffey and Caroline Tan. The Broadway Kids director is Nancy Huey, and it is directed/produced by Shannon Mullins.
Rounding out the night will be a two-hour performance by the 17 members of the Cincinnati Queen City Chamber Orchestra, featuring Mozart's "Gran Partita" and Beethoven's "Septet," according to the city's website.
The fest will wrap up Friday, June 21, with Nuttin' Fancy playing a mix of popular rock and country cover songs.
Community members are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets as seating is limited.
Local restaurants will provide food, drinks and alcohol at the park each evening: Wednesday, Big Four Cafe; Thursday, Izzy's at Hillcrest; and Friday, The Sherman. In addition, B&G Dairy Bar will provide ice cream each night.
The festival is organized by the Mayor's Committee for the Performing Arts. There is no charge for the public to attend the musical events, but freewill offerings will be accepted.
The BAAC, city, area businesses, organizations and individuals help fund the annual three-day fest.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.
Batesville Music and Arts Festival
Wednesday, June 19
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Endless Summer Band
Thursday, June 20
6-8 p.m. – Batesville Area Arts Council Community Art Show (Batesville Memorial Public Library)
6:30 p.m. – Disney's "Aladdin"
7:30 p.m. – Cincinnati Queen City Chamber Orchestra
Friday, June 21
7:30 p.m. – Nuttin' Fancy
Refreshments will be available each evening.