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Published: Thursday, 9/4/2014 - Updated: 1 year ago


Art, music, and food highlight weekend fun


The 22nd annual Black Swamp Arts Festival in downtown Bowling Green will feature a variety of visual artists from across the country, local and national music acts, and an interactive youth art area, all free of charge. The festival will open Friday with live music on the main stage and a large variety of food and refreshments in the concessions garden.

A craft beer sampling tent will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A juried art show will feature more than 100 artists . Additionally, 50 local artists will display their work in the Wood County Invitational Art Show.

Other artists showcased include Bowling Green State University students and Artists at Work, a demonstration/ participation area. All art shows are open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Family Entertainment Stage, which will be near the Wood County Library, is geared toward a younger audience with musicians and live entertainment. In the Kiwanis Youth Art Village, children of all ages can express their artistic creativity with a variety of kid-friendly art projects.

The area is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The main stage will feature music performances spanning a variety of genres. Headliners include Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the Claire Lynch Band, the Ben Miller Band, the Infatuations, the London Souls, Patrolled By Radar, and Eddie Shaw. A complete schedule is at www.blackswamparts.org.

The 44th annual Greek-American Festival will open Friday in downtown Toledo with vendors’ booths and a food tent featuring an a la carte menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., beer, gyros, and pastries. Dinner platters, offering moussaka, spanakopita, tiropitas, dolmathes, chicken oregano, pork souvlaki, and pastichio will be available for $12 starting at 4 p.m. and a fast food tent will offer chicken, beef and lamb gyros, Greek fries, and saganaki (flaming cheese).

The “Taverna” opens at 3 p.m. Friday with domestic and imported wines and craft and Greek beers. Olympus Band will provide Greek and American music Friday and on Saturday and Sunday, Mythos Band will perform Greek and American music. Children can enjoy ice cream, rides, face painting, and live entertainment. In the community center will be booths with religious and cultural offerings, as well as books representing the Greek Orthodox faith, costume jewelry, T-shirts, paintings, and imported gifts from Greece. Cooking demonstrations start at 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lectures on Greek language and culture will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Self-guided tours of the cathedral will be Friday and Saturday noon to 8 p.m. and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours are available at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Adults are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 the remainder of Friday and all day Saturday. Adult admission is $2 on Sunday and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Festival entrances are at Walnut and Superior streets and Summit and Walnut streets. Parking is available throughout the festival neighborhood and at the Vistula Garage (Superior and Orange streets). Information: toledogreekfestival.com.

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