Jazz festival planned for next weekend

Published on Thu, Jul 3, 2008 by ack Kintner

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Jazz festival planned for next weekend

By Jack Kintner

Peace Portal Drive will be blocked off between H and G streets again next Saturday, July 12, to provide room for artists and food vendors to display their wares from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at a countywide art show that will take place on the last day of the Blaine Jazz Festival.

At press time 12 vendors had already signed up 10 days prior to the event, and another 20 or so are expected.

At the same time, five different groups will be playing at the nearby G and H Street plazas, four of which are made up of students who will just have finished their week of instruction at the Blaine Jazz Festival.
A silent auction of various items that runs all during jazz festival week culminates that day at the Blackberry House Café on H Street. Proceeds will go toward student scholarships for next year’s festival.

Items include an interior design consultation, vintage wines, a two-hour limousine and wine tour for up to 14 people, a car detailing package, a gardening consultation along with 50 plants, framed and signed one-of-a-kind photographs and much more.

A highlight of this annual event is the kids art contest that includes $240 in cash prizes to be given out in four divisions of ages three to five, six to nine, 10 to 13 and 14 to 17. First place in each division is worth $50, with prizes of $20 and $10 for second and third places. The contest will be based at the old Worldly Treasures building and runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by judging. Prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Debbie Harger at the city of Blaine, 360/332-8311, or the Blaine Visitor’s Center at 332-6484.