Originallly published by the Auburn Citizen on August 20, 2015, by David Wilcox
Art and the open air will come together when the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and the Montezuma Audubon Center present the first Savannah Art Festival Saturday and Sunday.
The event is the chamber's way of engaging the community in healthy activity, in accordance with the terms of a Neighborhood Health Status Improvement grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.
The brainchild of chamber board member Steve Moore, the event has been coordinated by him, President Ron Palladino and his daughter, Alison McGee, through chamber program Strengthening Our Area Residents (SOAR).
Palladino said he's hoping for a few hundred people to show up Saturday and Sunday.
"There are a lot of good family things going on, a lot of things for the kids, and an opportunity for people to see local art not only exhibited, but also for sale," he said.
Here's everything the chamber and the Audubon have happening at the first Savannah Art Festival:
• Youth and adult art contests, whereby entrants drop off works by noon Friday. As they're displayed at the festival, the works will be evaluated by independent judges over the weekend for best of show, second place and honorable mention awards. Cash prizes will come with the adult awards.
• A children's photography contest, whereby children bring a camera to the festival and snap a photo for printing and judging over the weekend. There will be three winners each day, with the two first-place winners judged by professionals Sunday for a grand prize.
• A sidewalk art contest sponsored by Papa's Place Pizza, of Clyde. That and the youth art contest will award prizes promoting healthy outdoor activities, such as yard toys and camping equipment. Some items were also donated by Bass Pro Shops.
• Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food by the Little Red Wagon, of Phelps.
• Music Saturday by Night Train, which plays danceable rock from the late '70s and early '80s, such as Fleetwood Mac, Palladino said.
• Music Sunday by Mike McDonald, an acoustic cover artist, as well as the Clyde Community Band.
• Guided nature hikes sponsored by the Montezuma Audubon Center.