March 3, 2015 – For Immediate Release
GREENVILLE ARTS COUNCIL AND LELAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TEAM UP TO CREATE NEW SPRING FESTIVAL
Leland, MS – The Greenville Arts Council and the Leland Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to create a new street festival. On April 25, 2015, the Greenville Arts Council will host their event “Blues & Brews” in Downtown Leland. The Chamber is hosting a Pop-Up Shopping event the same day.
“When we realized that we were planning these two events on the same day, we immediately started talking about how we can join forces,” says Melia Christensen, Executive Director of the Leland Chamber.
“We enjoy a lot of support from Leland citizens,” says Mary Catherine Davis, Executive Director of the Greenville Arts Council (GAC). “We’ve been seeking more opportunities to reach out to that community this year. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
The GAC event, sponsored by Greenville Honors Its Own Business Award winner The Leland Progress, as well as Clark Beverage, will feature over twenty different types of craft beers and homebrewed beers, games and live music all day. “We’re going to set up a street stage in Downtown Leland, and we’re really excited about the acts we have scheduled to play,” says Davis. “Our headliner band, Buggaboo, is traveling from Austin, TX, and we will also be featuring local musicians Nick Secoy, Will Coppage and Spike Brown.”
Leland hosted a Pop-Up Shopping event last December as part of their Christmas on Deer Creek celebration. Christensen says, “We were blown away by the success of the shops last year, and we have had several requests to not wait until Christmas to do it again. We were already planning to host the shops on April 25 and had started signing up vendors when the opportunity came along to have the GAC event here. It seemed like such a great opportunity to bring even more to Downtown Leland.”
The Blues & Brews event is a fundraiser for E.E. Bass and the Greenville Arts Council. GAC members can purchase a beer sampling wrist band for $20, and nonmember wrist bands are $25. This will give them access to over twenty kinds of craft beers. Admission to the music and pop-up shops are free. The Pop-Up Shopping event places retail businesses from all around the state inside Downtown storefronts for the day. The December event featured over 40 different businesses, and an even larger mix is expected for April.
The event will begin at 11am, and the live music will wrap up after 4pm. The shops will close at 5pm.