2018-05-17 / Front Page

Three days of entertainment during art festival in downtown Lapeer

By NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — May is the month for art, as the Art on Nepessing Street event gets underway with art appearing for public view in downtown businesses now until the grand finale of the month-long event, the annual art festival.

Friday, June 1

Friday, June 1 will see a packed musical lineup to kick off the annual summer event. Leading the way will be surf-rock throwback band Surfs Zup, hitting the stage at 4 p.m. The evening’s entertainment rounds out with local acts Chris Eilersen at 5:30 p.m., then Jaime Marvin at 7 p.m. Closing out the night will be harmonyheavy, vocal-centric indie rock band Shady Groves, appearing at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 2

Saturday’s live entertainment will continue the local music trends, with youth musicians DB’s Live kicking things off at 11 a.m. Mixing things up, at 1 p.m. the main stage will feature world-traveling artist and teacher Eugene Clark, followed by a return to music with local act Barn Cats at 2:30 p.m. Rounding out the afternoon’s slate of performances will be High Noon, hitting the stage at 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 3

The feather in the cap of Art on Nepessing has been extended from years past to now include a Sunday filled with activities geared toward families.

Visitors to Sunday’s events will first be treated to the Kiwanis Club of Lapeer Flying Pancake Breakfast, from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from Kiwanis members leading up to the event. Following breakfast will be Detroitbased nonprofit group Arts and Scraps from 12:30-2 p.m. who will be on-hand to provide arts and crafts work for kids and families. At 2:30, art will give way to magic as performer Jon LaChance will bring his act back to Lapeer, and this year’s Art Festival will wrap up with the end of the silent auction and the announcement of winners at 3:30 p.m.

The festival will occupy West Nepessing and Court streets between Court and Pine, next to Gallery 194. The gallery tent will be located right in front of The Center for the Arts and will serve as the hub for the festival. Visitors will be able to see and bid on all of the donated works of art, see the unveiling of a community art project, get information about Gallery 194 and PIX Theatre events and find out more about what’s going on downtown.

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