Sunday, May 14, 2000

Fest turns downtown Dayton into children's playground

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The first annual Victoria Children's Festival is set for next weekend with a small but choice lineup of international family entertainment at four Dayton, Ohio, venues.

        There will be an abundance of free entertainment along First Street, which will be closed to vehicles between Main and Jefferson streets on Saturday and next Sunday.

        The schedule:

        • Frogs, Lizards, Orbs and Slinkys, Imago, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. next Sunday, Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St. Tickets $11.50 children and $13.50 adults.

        • Swan's Down, Theatre Terra (Netherlands), 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, 2:15 and 4:45 p.m. next Sunday, Loft Theatre, Metropolitan Arts Building (adjacent to Victoria). Tickets $5.

        • Tom Chapin, 2:15 p.m. Saturday, 2:15 and 4:45 p.m. next Sunday, Patterson Career Center, 118 E. First St. Tickets $5.

        • Marang (West Africa), 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, 2:15 and 4:45 p.m. next Sunday, Antioch Temple Ballroom, 107 E. First St. Tickets $5.

        All performances last approximately one hour. Reservations and information available at the Victoria Theatre box office (937) 228-3630.

        There will be three free stages along First Street with performances at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Saturday and 12:30, 2:15 and 4:15 p.m. next Sunday.

        Street entertainment will be roaming artists, magicians and mimes, hobo bands and booths with hands-on activities for children starts at 12:30 p.m. both days.


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