Homewood’s eighth annual Downtown Homewood Art & Garden Street Fair on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, will feature two unique hands-on activities, plus the usual food, music and fun for families, according to a news release from the village.
The fair will be centered on Hickory Road at the intersection with Martin Avenue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
The hands-on activities include a tinkering studio in anticipation of the upcoming Homewood Science Center development and “Chalk of the Town,” an open-air public chalk art event.
Kids of all ages will have free rein over recycled materials and battery-powered motors to experiment and build whatever they can imagine with the materials available. The tinkering studio will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
Members of the Homewood Science Center Advisory Board will be on hand to assist. The Homewood Science Center is being developed as a versatile community-based science center enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
STEM will become STEAM for those who want to join the art project, too.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m visitors can participate in “Chalk of the Town” and create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece with professional chalk artists. For a $10 fee, local adult artists will be given a 5-by-5-foot square and chalk with which to create a work of art. Children will be able to sign up for a 2-by-2-foot square.
Artist Nancy Pochis Bank will be creating a chalk version of Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Local artists and children will be able to create their own versions of Seurat’s painting or make up something of their own.
The fee will help pay for supplies. Village Events Manager Allisa Opyd said the chalk will be a high quality and environmentally sound product.
“Art and science are intrinsically connected,” said Rachael Jones, marketing and economic development consultant. “Art helps kids connect to science concepts in a more visual way and vice versa. Tinkering, making, building with your own hands enhances those concepts and puts the arts in STEM to create STEAM. We are excited about the upcoming Science Center and are pleased to offer this opportunity for the community to get a tiny taste of good things to come.”
Additional hands-on activities include a gardening activity using recycled materials on Friday, from 2 to 5 p.m. Also on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids can build and/or decorate a bird or squirrel feeder (free).
Both days will feature a kids garden gnome painting project for ages 2 to 16. Gnome kits may be purchased in advance from Art 4 Soul, 18134 Harwood Ave., for $20, or purchased and completed on Friday. Participants can paint on Friday and enter the contest on Saturday. Complete gnome details are at www.Art4Soul.com.
In addition to the hands-on activities, there will be plenty of food and entertainment during the two-day fair. And the popular Ben’s Bubble Show will be back.
Music performances will include Ralph’s World, Miss Jamie & the Farmhands, Sunny Side Up, Maggie Speaks, Matt Bailey and Ring of Music (a Matt Stedman Band).
Artists from around Chicago will display their works including jewelry, home goods, garden art, fine arts, photography and more.
Foodies will enjoy the wide variety of offerings from around the world and signature cocktails created just for the fair.
“Homewood celebrates the start of summer with the Art & Garden Street Fair,” said Opyd. “This festival showcases the best of what Homewood has to offer: community, fun, food, music and art. We invite all of Chicagoland to experience that with us.”
The fair will include booths by local boutiques including Global Fusion, Thomas Photographic Services, Art Corner, UpsaDaisy Boutique, Art4Soul and Paintertaining. Jewelry artists include Bayete Collection, Cloud Nine Sterling, Donna’s Designs, Hermosa by Carolyn, Origami Owl, Out on a Limb and Vondell Designs. Home and garden items by Ali B & Co., Doughney Design, Glassy Girls, Margaret’s Mosaics, Plates ‘N Such and Urban Threads. Wearable art vendors include Knotty Knits Designs, Poppies and Wink & Belle. And fine arts presentations by Fire Cut Glass, Village Artists and more.
Food vendors include TJ’s Kettle Corn, Wiley’s Grill, Enjoi Bakery, Grady’s Grille, EmpanadUS, Bakewell Bakery, The Cottage on Dixie, Cilantro Cocina Mexicana and Tiddleywink Toffee.
The fair is free and open to the public. More information at 708-798-3000 or visit www.HomeSweetHomewood.com.
Schedule of events
Friday, June 12
- 10 to 11 a.m. | Outdoor Yoga Class
- 11 a.m. to noon | Ben’s Bubble Show
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Tinkering Studio open
- 12 to 2 p.m. | Ralph’s World
- 2 – 5 p.m. | Kid Craft
- 3 – 5 p.m. | Sunnyside Up
- 6 – 9 p.m. | Maggie Speaks
Saturday, June 13
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Chalk of the Town
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Kid Craft
- 11 a.m. to noon | Miss Jamie and the Farmhands
- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Tinkering Studio open
- 3 to 5 p.m. | Matt Bailey
- 6 to 9 p.m. | Ring of Music (A Matt Stedman Band)