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Grammy Nominated Performer Scheduled for Fifth Annual Homewood Art and Garden Fair

The two-day festival, set to showcase Homewood's artistic side with Art Activities, Music, Food and more, will be held on June 8 and June 9.

The Village of Homewood proudly presents the 5th annual Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair on Friday, June 8 and Saturday June 9.

Kicking off the festivities at noon on Friday is Grammy Nominated children's performer Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players. This two-day festival features over 45 unique artisans and vendors, activities for all ages, gardening workshops, music from around the world and food from Homewood's best restaurants. The Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair is centered at Martin Ave. and Ridge Rd in Homewood, IL. This festival is free and open to the public however there is a fee for specific art activities. For more information visit or to sign up for an activity visit www.homewsweethomewood.com or call 708-798-3000.

Roberts marks his Premiere performance at the Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair on Friday, June 8 at 12 a.m. Roberts is considered one of the "indie" all-stars of the family music scene. His latest Grammy Nominated CD "Jungle Gym" ascends through the collective memories of childhood: from the joys of trick or treating and gym class parachutes to sleepovers and the magic stillness of snow days. Featured on NPR and WBEZ-FM as well as in the "Chicago Tribune", Robert's music is an often funny and rocking ride: from magic moments sailing on a moonlit cardboard box, through the temporary trauma of getting lost, to the anticipation and wonder of a school fire drill.

"The New York Times" says Roberts, "...has a remarkable ability to see through a child's eyes...the Judy Blume of kiddie rock".

Homewood has hosted art festivals for over 40 years. This festival showcases many of Chicago and Chicagoland's talented artistic exhibiters displaying all forms of paint application, photography, printmaking, antique jewelry, antique furniture, art glass, art works, decorative art, glass ware, textiles and handicrafts, from traditional forms to the avant-garde.

In addition, The Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair highlights activities for the whole family. Homewood-based art studio and boutique Art 4 Soul will help children create terra cotta bird baths and yarn crafts. South suburban artist Terri Jabaay will conduct an adult mixed-media art class, pastel workshop, wine glass painting activity and children's chalk instruction. Homewood garden and home décor store Bella Vita Home Accents will help participants create unique items for the inside and outside of the home. Homewood Florist will conduct a summer floral arrangement seminar to create the perfect centerpiece for a summer soiree.

Additional music performances include the classic rock sounds of southsiders Xtra! Xtra on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday features a wide variety of musical stylings from around the world. Rio Bamba performs an exciting blend of Bossa Nova, Samba, American and Latin Jazz played by world class musicians from 3 to 5 p.m. Latin Satin Soul concludes the music on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. A popular band at the Taste of Chicago, Latin Satin Soul boasts rich Latin grooves and smooth R&B.

The Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair is Friday, June 8 from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m and Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival is centered at Martin Ave. and Ridge Rd in Homewood, IL. within walking distance from the Metra Electric commuter station. The Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair is free and open to the public however there is a fee for specific art activities. For more information visit or to sign up for an activity visit www.homewsweethomewood.com or call 708-798-3000.

Concerned mom April 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Justin Roberts is amazing!! So excited to hear this!!!! Great job Homewood :)
JohnH April 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Really?! Wow! What a coup! Justin Roberts is really fantastic.
GladvilleGirl April 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
This sounds like way more fun than Homewood Days anyway.

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