May Day festival planned



February 10, 2010 - 12:00 AM

For those tired and weary of the seemingly endless winter, a fun-filled musical program for children of all ages is being planned this spring.
Susan Raines and Luke Bycroft spoke with Iola commissioners Tuesday about a May Day festival here.
The entertainment for the May 1 event would be provided by Hiccup Productions, a company that gears musical acts for children.
Hiccup Productions is the same group that hosts the annual Jiggle Jam celebration each year at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo., said Raines, executive director of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
The group is planning a number of musical performances, games and other activities, Bycroft said, all of which are free of charge.
Attendees would be asked to bring their own lawn chairs and a picnic lunch, Bycroft said.
They approached commissioners because they need a site to host the festival.
The Bowlus already is booked that weekend, Raines said, prompting her and Bycroft to request space at Riverside Park.
In case of rain, the event would be moved into the Recreation Community Building at the park.
The Rec Building would be available, they were told, although the Iola Tree Board’s annual tree sale would be that morning there.
“We can work around that,” Bycroft said.
Commissioners gladly approved the request.
“It’s a wonderful idea,” Commissioner Craig Abbott said.

RAINES ALSO took the opportunity to praise the ongoing efforts of volunteers assisting with Vision Iola, a planning process that will look at improving Iola’s signage, downtown business district and parks and trails.
The group met Thursday to discuss signage and the community’s identity.
“It’s been interesting hearing the ideas that have come out,” Raines said.
The Vision Iola group will meet again Feb. 24 to look at design concepts for wayfinding signs and banners.
Commissioner Bill Shirley asked if the Vision Iola group was going to look at the concept of annexing properties adjoining the city, noting the idea should be discussed when considering the community’s future.

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