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Ellen Axson Wilson Arts Fest

 When: 12pm, Saturday, May 4, 2019

 Where: Broad Street

Historic Downtown Rome kicks off Downtown Rome Saturdays, a full season of free, family-friendly events.

The first event in the series will be held Saturday, May 4th and encompasses visual art, live music, and cultural performances including the Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk, Chalk Your Heart Out, singer-songwriters, and a FREE CONCERT by the Grains of Sand. The day will end with the launch of the 2nd Annual Rome Lantern Parade at 8:30pm.

The Rome Lantern Parade is a glowing procession of light and art along Rome’s rivers and historic downtown. Entry into the parade is free, but a lantern is required for entry. Lanterns must be lighted by battery-operated lights; glass lanterns and fire lit lanterns are not permitted.

The parade will begin at the main stage of the block party with a lantern contest. Everyone is encouraged to bring a homemade lantern and entry into the contest is free. Groups are highly encouraged to participate with large lantern entries or lanterns made with a similar theme. Lantern contest categories include: Most Creative, Largest Lantern, Best Group Entry, and Best Rome Theme. This year, we will also add a best Star Wars theme – so May the 4th be with you 😉

Details on the Rome Lantern Parade and registration for the local workshops will soon be available on the festival web page and at RomeGeorgia.org/LanternParade.

Join us for Lantern Workshops:
April 6, 2-4pm: Farrell’s Fram & Design (FREE)

April 16, 6pm: Rome City Brewing Co with Kristi Kent (FREE)

April 23, 4:30-6pm: ECO Center with Siri Selle (FREE)

April 27, 11am-3pm: AR Workshop ($10)

Registration is required for all workshops.

The Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA) will host the Ellen Axson Wilson Art Walk as part of the street festival. A variety of artists including photographers, painters, jewelers, potters and other craft makers will be represented.

Chalk Your HeART Out hosted by Merry Maids of Rome is encouraging teams to compete in a sidewalk art chalk competition to raise funds for their local charity of choice. Teams can visit the festival website for entry information.

From 5-8pm the Grains of Sand will be filling Broad Street with the sounds of your favorite Motown and Soul songs. Grains of Sand is a 7-piece instrumental group that will be sure to have you dancing! The stage will be located at 3rd and Broad between the Rome Area History Museum and The Vogue.

Downtown retailers located throughout the street festival will host sidewalk sales throughout the day.

The street festival will encompass Broad Street from the 200 Block to the 300 Block. Broad Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available for free during festival hours at the Fourth Avenue Parking Deck, Sixth Avenue Parking Deck and the Midtown Parking Lot. Parking is also available at the Third Avenue Parking Deck.

No outside coolers or drinks allowed.

The free event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Downtown Rome business and property owners, Downtown Rome Saturdays, Rome Area Council for the Arts, and Merry Maids.

All event related registration forms, vendor forms, volunteer information and contact information, is available at the festival web page at https://downtownromega.us/saturdays/. For questions, contact the Office of Downtown Development at 706.236.4520 or email downtown2@romega.us

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