It’s been way too long between posts…

Joan Jennings of our Executive Committee has worked feverishly with the producers of the new Shaw Performing Arts & Crafts Festival.  We hope the inaugural event has a strong showing, and we could use your help – both volunteering and spreading the word!  See below:


The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) and the Art Fair Committee are sponsoring the 1st Annual Performing Arts & Crafts Festival (SPACF) on May 20, May, 21, and May 22, 2011. The Festival will include live music, craft and artist vendors, a car show, dance troupes, and a food court. In addition, there will be many children’s programs such as activities and prizes by the Disney Radio Station, face painting, a puppet show, storytelling, movies, and much more. The majority of the events will take place on the 4100 and 4000 blocks of Shenandoah and at the Mullanphy School Auditorium.

The purpose of this event is to bring Shaw residents together and to show the St. Louis community that Shaw is a great place to live and work. The hours of the Festival are as follows:

Friday, May 20 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday, May 21 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday, May 22 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Art Fair Director Larry Weinless and the SAFC committee members are charting new territory with this endeavor and we need you to help make it a success.
Volunteers will be needed for the ticket booths, food court, set up, clean-up, etc. Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt and a voucher for one event. The shifts are as follows:

Friday, May 20 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and/or 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Saturday, May 21 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Sunday, May 22 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

At your earliest convenience please complete the volunteer form at or respond to this message with your available date and time, and t-shirt size at

The general admission price to attend all events for three days is $10.00.

The Festival will be advertised citywide with KWMU 90.7, the Riverfront Times, Sauce Magazine, two digital billboards, and various websites throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Any proceeds from this event will go to a Shaw Neighborhood project such as the trash pick up contract with Covenant House –

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