LaCasa, New World Players to celebrate with Arts on the Millrace event

    A new one-day festival coming up in June will shine a spotlight on Goshen’s burgeoning arts scene and Millrace neighborhood.

    Posted on May 21, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

    GOSHEN — A new one-day festival will celebrate the burgeoning Millrace neighborhood, Goshen’s arts scene and local music that the city has to offer.

    LaCasa Inc. and New World Players have teamed up to host Arts on the Millrace, which will feature free music, theatrical performances, food vendors, a beer tent and 25 booths with work created by artists from Goshen, Elkhart and South Bend. The event begins at noon June 7 along the Millrace Canal between Madison Street and the Powerhouse, 324 W. Washington St.

    “It’s turned into a celebration of all types of art in the Goshen community from the crafts and paintings to jewelry and pottery to theater and music,” said event organizer Adrienne Nesbitt, who serves as artistic director for New World Players and as a Goshen Art House board member. “It’s something I hope will become an annual event.”

    Free concerts will start at 3 p.m. at the Powerhouse with the Banana Slug String Band. Backyard Brass will take the stage at 6 p.m. followed by a performance at 8 p.m. by New World Players. The Tumbleweed Jumpers will close out the evening with a show at 9:30 p.m.

    Festivalgoers will also get opportunities to peek inside the Hawks Arts and Enterprise Center, a historic building that LaCasa is transforming into loft apartments for local artists.

    “On the hour, we’re going to do tours, so people can go in there and get excited and dream the same dreams that people have been working at for years with that building,” Nesbitt said.

    Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.

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