After a year off because of the April 27th, 2011 storms, Huntsville's Panoply Arts Festival is back in business. The 30th edition of the festival underway with the traditional visit by city 5th graders.
There was blues music by Huntsville's Microwave Dave, there were sword fights by Shakespearean actors, there was art to see, and crafts to learn. For the fifth graders it was a chance to have fun, and the Director of the Huntsville Arts Council says it was the best kind of fun, "They just get a broad exposure to all our artistic disciplines that their teachers can take back to the classrooms and follow-up on with additional reading and geography and social studies lessons that tie back to the arts they experienced at the festival."
On Friday Madison city and Madison County 5th graders get their turn at the festival, and then it opens to the public Friday evening at 5:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Saturday hours are 10:00 AM til 9:00 PM, and on Sunday the festival is open from Noon til 9:00 PM.
There'll be plenty for kids to see and do, but adults aren't forgotten. The Art Marketplace will feature the works of dozens of artists from across the country. Also, there are plenty of musical acts like Marsha Ball, who's performed at both Big Spring Jam and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She'll be on stage Saturday night.
Sunday night, American Idol winner, and Alabama native Taylor Hicks will close out the festival. Tickets are $5.00 for each day, or a $10.00 Pano Pass is good for the weekend. Tickets are available at the gate.