Fairs/Festivals

Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival

When: Sat., Sept. 18 2010

Tremont has been a hotbed of artistic activity for a couple of decades, with hundreds of artists, actors, dancers, and writers calling the historic near-West Side neighborhood home. That makes the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival — now in its 12th year — feel like an unmistakably organic happening. Lincoln Park (at East 14th St. and Starkweather Ave.) provides a lush backdrop for the visual and performing artists — from the neighborhood and from other parts of Northeast Ohio — showcasing their wares and their talents. Photographers, painters ceramicists, and jewelers will be showing their work in booths along the park's paths; they'll be joined by neighborhood groups, nonprofits, and advocacy groups offering information about their work. Music and dance performances take place on a stage along Kenilworth Ave. There will also be food from the area's celebrated restaurants and ethnic churches — two more things that make Tremont so distinctive. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow. It's free. Call 216-575-0920 or go to merrickhouse.org for more information. — Anastasia Pantsios

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