‘Mama Mia!’ in Marshall celebrates Mothers Day with music and arts festival, May 9

From Downtown Marshall Association and Madison County Arts Council:

Grab your Mama and come on down to Downtown Marshall on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00am-5:00pm! Bring her to Mama Mia!, a street festival and collaboration between the Downtown Marshall Association and the Madison County Arts Council. “We are peppering the town with demonstrating artists, music and the popular artists’ Second Sale at the Madison County Arts Center,” says Laura Boosinger, Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. Madison County Smart Start will be posted on the Madison CountyCourthouse lawn offering solace, materials and expertise for those youngsters needing a last minute Mother’s Day card. Boosinger says, “We are placing artists at businesses throughout Marshall to showcase our local merchants to festival goers and to allow them personal interaction with working artists.” Music begins on the Courthouse steps at1:00pm featuring students from the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program, The Garnet Ridge Ramblers and the Crooked Pine Band. “We are thrilled to have Crooked Pine playing for us fresh off the release of their new CD, Branching Out, and featuring Hot Springs’ favorite, Troy Harrison,” says Boosinger.

From the Snowbird community, Shirley Jackson Oswalt, traditional Cherokee artist, will be leading a hands-on workshop at the Madison County Arts Center from 12:00pm until 4:00pm. Shirley is known for her beadwork, her gourd carvings, and her white oak baskets. Shirley grows the gourds for her carvings and the corn for the beads she uses, and she incorporates other natural elements such as vines and seeds into her work. A native-speaker of the Cherokee language, Shirley will also teach participants writing in the Cherokee language.

Come spend the day in the charming riverside hamlet of Marshall! Grab a lunch, a cold one or a pot pie! Mama Mia! is FREE fun for the whole family! For more information visit www.madisoncountyarts.com

About Hayley Benton
Current freelance journalist and artist. Former culture/entertainment reporter at the Asheville Citizen-Times and former news reporter at Mountain Xpress. Also a coffee drinker, bad photographer, teller of stupid jokes and maker-upper of words. I can be reached at hayleyebenton [at] gmail.com. Follow me @HayleyTweeet

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