March 28, 2008

Posted March 28, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Several Bucknell University groups will participate in the annual Lewisburg Arts Festival on the weekends of April 26 and May 3.

The festival includes two main events: the Market Street Festival, with 120 juried artists, entertainment, and food along Market Street, on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Lewisburg Live! – 13 bands in venues throughout downtown – on Saturday, May 3, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, April 26
The annual Duck Derby to benefit Bucknell's chapter of Habitat for Humanity begins at 2:30 p.m. in Hufnagle Park, located between Fifth and Sixth streets. Ducks – in singles or six-quacks – can be sponsored prior to the race at the Habitat table in the Park or from roving duck-sellers along Market Street.

Festival entertainment in the Park will begin with a pet parade at 10 a.m. and include hourly music by several groups including the Bucknell Jazz Band as well as the Hearts of Pennsylvania Chorus women's barbershop group and Taikoza Japanese drummers.

Dance groups including the Cloverleaf Cloggers, Tir Na Nog School of Irish Dance, and the Susquehanna Ballroom Dance Society will perform at Post Office Square.

The Bucknell Jugglers Club and Bucknell's Silhouettes female a cappella group will provide strolling entertainment along Market Street throughout the festival.

Soldiers Memorial Park near the Lewisburg Bridge will be the site for an Interactive Arts Park for children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a Middle Ages encampment with the Society for Creative Anachronism from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A highlight of Saturday's celebration includes a view of the first section of a mural at the Donald Heiter Community Center on North Fifth Street. The mural, designed by artist Michael Pilato, is a service project of Bucknell's Management 101 class and features scenes and people from the community.

Spring Arts Weekend at Bucknell
The Association for the Arts at Bucknell will host its Spring Arts Weekend April 25 to 27. Events at the university include:

• The Annual Student Art Show in the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

• The Spring Dance Performance on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

• A concert by the Rooke Chapel Ringers on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Chapel.

• A concert by the Rooke Chapel Choir on Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel. The preview concert features works from the Choir's tour to Argentina and Uruguay in May.

Saturday, May 3
The Lewisburg Arts Festival continues Saturday, May 3, with Lewisburg Live!, an evening of free music at locations in downtown Lewisburg and at Bucknell, where Adams & Haynes: The Hammond Brothers will perform at 8:30 p.m. in Bucknell Hall.

Groups scheduled to perform downtown include Averie Clark and Cool Blue, Little Paris Jazz Trio, Lawson and Disorder, Artie the Cat, Alphonse Ciaccio, Paul Smith, Hannah Bingman and Doug McMinn, Bruce Derr, Folk Justice Band, Earl Pickens and the Band Named Thunder, Kinsey, and Blind Chitlin Kahunas.

In addition, The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg will host the Susquehanna Shorts Film Festival on Friday, May 9, from 7 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Lewisburg Arts Festival is sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council, formed in 1968, to encourage and showcase the arts in the community. For more information, visit http://www.lewisburgartscouncil.com/.

Weekend package lodging information is available at http://www.visitcentralpa.org/ or by calling 1-800-525-7320.

Contact: Office of Communications

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