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Sample arts at Panoply this weekend

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com 340-2446

The 26th Panoply Arts Festival will be a whirlwind of music, song, dance, theater and art this weekend at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville.

If you're not an arts lover, go for the food and fireworks offered all three days, and you're bound to enjoy the arts exposure by the end of the weekend.

With three main stages filled with area talent, plus tents and other venues for activities, you may have trouble deciding what to see first.

The Cold Palms International Performing Arts Stage will feature music and other presentations of Philippine, Bengali, India, Chinese and other groups.

The Boeing Arts Marketplace and areas for hands-on art activities for children and adults will be open much of the weekend. Fireworks will be all three evenings, at 9 Friday and Saturday and at 8 Sunday.

Here are some highlights, but you can find a complete schedule at www.panoply.org.

Friday

  • Northeast Jazz Band and Huntsville Swing Dance Society, 5 p.m.;

  • Blue Note 5, 6 p.m.;

  • Nashville Songwriters Showcase, 7:15 p.m.;

  • Reunion, 8:15 p.m.

    Saturday

  • Official Alabama State Fiddling Championship, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.;

  • North Alabama Flute Choir, ho-am Taekwondo, 10 a.m.;

  • Cajun Zydeco Connection, 11:45 a.m.;

  • Allegro and Madison Children's Theatre, 1:30 p.m.;

  • Huntsville Youth Orchestra "Philharmonia," 2:45 p.m.;

  • Barnstormers, 3:45 p.m.;

  • Rocket City Jazz Orchestra, 4 p.m.;

  • Alabama A&M Jazz Band, 5:15 p.m.;

  • Patti Rutland Jazz, 5:30 p.m.;

  • Roland Gresham and Israel, 6:30 p.m.;

  • Rocket City Ballroom Showcase, 7 p.m.;

  • Eric Essix, 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday

  • Homegrown Talent Contest (18 of the 50 finalists are from Decatur, Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties), noon to 3:30 p.m.;

  • Rhythm Unplugged, noon;

  • AAA Academy of Stars and Clowns, 2:30 p.m.;

  • Rainbow Rhythm Band and Saba School of Dance, 3:30 p.m.;

  • Jill's Studio of Dance and Joyful Noise Showcase, 4:15 p.m.;

  • Images, Maple Hill Band and Dr. Osborn's Newfangled Medicine Show, 5 p.m.;

  • Ms. Johnnie Blues Band and Rocket City Brass, 6 p.m.;

  • Panoply Festival Orchestra, Microwave Dave & the Nukes, and Eyes Around, 7 p.m.

    If you go

    What: The 26th Panoply Arts Festival, with area arts groups performing on three main stages, plus an arts marketplace and hands-on art activities for children and adults

    When: Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

    Where: Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville

    Admission: A weekend pass is $10, a single day pass is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Remember that some streets are closed off for the festival, and get a map as you go in one of the five gates.

    On the Net: For schedule and information, check www.panoply.org.

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