Art Fair on the Square & Craft Brew Fest: a good pairing

Photos/Kyla Hurt

The warmth of the weekend and fluffy clouds floating about above simply added to the atmosphere of the recent Craft Brew Festival held on the afternoon of Saturday, August 5, in conjunction with the two-day annual Art Fair on the Square. There were happenings aplenty for the community that weekend, including the final concert of the Levitt AMP series which was held midday Saturday, as well. Tents were set up around the downtown square, featuring art or craft of various types for purchase … anything from the beautifully hand-carved waterfowl of area artist Marvin Ford to a jeweler selling elegant or sparkly pieces of her own design … or framed photography taken from the fresh perspective and eye of an engineer to the scapes and scenery of local photographer Jennifer Curtis, owner of Big Sky Photography. On hand, too, was a Springfield artist who was not only selling her works, but also offering on-site and personalized blind contour drawings for those interested in trading five dollars for the drawing of him or herself. Deea Meek and Jacksonville Main Street organize the annual Art Fair on the Square, with activities for any age and plenty to take in. Several families brought their cordial canines along while discovering art at the event. Jeff Davidsmeyer grabbed some photos himself as a spectator taking advantage of the day and community events. The Craft Brew Festival portion of the weekend gave the opportunity for local craft brewers to present and talk about their beers. Under the shade of tents, a roped off area was designated for the brew fest. There were tastings available of stouts, IPAs, cream ales, ciders or grapefruit radlers, to name a few. The “Small town Showdown,” which is a competition between the winning team of the craft brew contest at the Midwest Morel Fest of Ottawa, Illinois, and the Craft Brew Festival in Jacksonville, was continued. Jacksonville received M.A.S.H., the team deemed to be the winners at the earlier morel fest, as guests at the recent local gathering of brewers and tasters. For more information on either Art Fair on the Square or the Craft Brew Festival for 2017, please reach out via www.jacksonvillemainstreet.com.

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