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Spending the day at the Youngstown Arts and Music Festival

YOUNGSTOWN -- The third annual Youngstown Arts and Music Festival is planned for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct.1 at Falkner Park on Main Street, Youngstown.

The festival is free and will be held rain or shine.

“There is something for every age,” promised Cheryl Irish-Butera, president of the Youngstown Business and Professional Association, which supports the event.

Continuous music will be provided throughout the day by the Limerick Trio, Mike Reardon, Cairde, Joe Webber, Farther Along and Darryl Tonemah.

In addition, Woodcock Brewery will host a “biergarten” and a Farmer’s Market will feature Sanger Farm and Bakery and Tower Farms, as well as Black Willow Winery of Burt, Midnight Run Wine Cellars of Ransomville, Honeymoon Trail Winery of Lockport and Niagara Distillery Co., LLC.

Children’s activities will be provided by the Youngstown Recreation Department and Youngstown Free Library, along with face painting. Tasty items will be offered for sale by The Mug and Musket and 700 Bistro Café. An artisan and craft market also is planned and will feature crocheted and knitted items, wire-wrapped silver jewelry with natural stones, seasonal craft items, fused glass jewelry, leather-carving, jewelry made with Hawaiian beach glass, photography and acrylic graphic art.

“We have so many talented people in the community,” said Marcia Jones, one of the event coordinators. “We were hoping for variety and I think we’ve got that. I’m excited about this.”

A free concert featuring Four Shillings Short will close out the day of festivities at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown (100 Church St.). The husband and wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995 and play more than 30 instruments.

“They have traveled the world and are truly spectacular,” said Jones. “This concert will help us extend our village event a little longer, and there will be a quilt show at the church, too.

“Following the concert at the church, we are also planning an after-party at the Mug and Musket, with folk-oriented music,” Jones said. “We’re going to take this event and move it throughout the village.”

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