New outdoor festival to be held Saturday

WAVERLY — The Festival of Art, Music and Movement is a new outdoor festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park next to the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

The festival is free and open to the public. It will benefit the Mid-Ohio Valley through a celebration that fosters positive relationship among all individuals, families, businesses, and organizations within the community.

The festival is part of an initiative to promote sustainable lifestyles, interconnection to one another and to strengthen the community through utilization of art, music, and movement. Festival organizers believe regular community celebrations are vital to the overall well-being of a community.

“What makes FAMM different from other festivals is the emphasis on connecting people to each other and all the good things that already exist here to get involved in,” said organizer Lisa Wynn said. “We’re featuring local music, especially up and coming young bands, local artists, local activities. The Mid-Ohio Valley continues to be challenged with significant difficulties. We wish to be defined by our strengths, rather than our adversities. That’s what FAMM is about,” she said.

The Right from the Start program at Children’s Home Society is sponsoring a tent especially dedicated to the needs of young families.

“Nursing mothers and those with small children will have a quiet place with everything they need to take care of their children and take a break from the busy activities. There will be a diaper changing area, cloth diaper raffle, and a place to relax in a beautiful setting by the pond,” said coordinator Kim Kramer.

The Festival will feature hands-on activities for children and adults, from arts activities provided for children by the Parkersburg Art Center and Artsbridge, the opportunity to try out musical instruments provided by the Parkersburg High School band, as well as the making of useful objects from recycled materials organized by Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action. There will also be a yoga workshop.

With music scheduled throughout the day, people should bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the festivities. As a zero waste event, water will be provided for all but the use of single use plastic will be avoided. Bring personal water bottles if you have them. Hot Dog Willy will be there for those who don’t bring a picnic. As it gets dark, there will be a bonfire and drum circle to welcome the full moon later that evening.

The schedule of music includes:

∫ 11:15 a.m.: Evan Cunningham

∫ Noon: Emmett Tobius

∫ 12:30 p.m.: New Old Age

∫ 1:15 p.m.: Abby Taylor

∫ 2 p.m.: Gal and Friends

∫ 2:30 p.m.: Guinevere Rose

∫ 3:45 p.m.: Canterberry Blues

∫ 5 p.m: Forced to Engage

∫ 5:45 p.m.: Caitlin Kraus

∫ 7 p.m.: Brady Young Band

∫ 8:30 p.m.: New Old Age

∫ 9 p.m.: The Head Changers