Special Help Needed With Summerfest

SummerfestKidsfest Chair Needed

Each year, Kidsfest is one of Summerfest’s most popular events. Featuring unique games, crafts, music and activities for kids of all ages, Kidsfest is a major destination for families with children attending the festival.

DSC01436The Summerfest leadership team has an opening for a fun, energetic and super-organized person to head up our Kidsfest area this year. If you love working with children and would enjoy coordinating a team of volunteers who feel the same, this opportunity is for you.

Our previous Kidsfest chairs have built a solid, repeatable model for this area of the festival. There are sponsors waiting to hear from us and many of the activities from previous years can be repeated this year (although we’ll welcome ideas for new activities, too). Volunteers who’ve previously managed this area will be available for consultation during the pre-festival planning period and other volunteers who’ve worked Kidsfest before will help staff the area during the festival. We just need someone to come in, take the reins, and run with them. Festival dates are June 7-8. 2014.

If you’re interested, reach out to Paige Hewell (paige.hewell@gmail.com) or John Becker (jnbecker@me.com) for more information.

Looking For Someone to Help Coordinate Volunteers

Are you someone who’s volunteered at Summerfest before but would like to get more involved? Are you passionate about the tremendous volunteer spirit that flows through the festival each year? If so, we have an opportunity for you.

DSC_0058Our current volunteer coordinator is taking on some additional responsibility this year and is looking for someone to help out on-site during the festival. This person will ideally be able to spend several hours in the Volunteer Check-In/General Information/Lost and Found booth during both days of the festival (Saturday, Sunday June 7-8) checking volunteers in and giving them their assignments, answering questions from festival goers and artists and keeping track of any lost items turned in.

We’d love to groom this person to take over Summerfest volunteer coordination at some point in the future so, if you can work with the coordinator during this year’s pre-festival volunteer solicitation period, that would be great, too.

If this is of interest, please contact John Becker at jnbecker@me.com.

See you at Summerfest 2014!


2013 Kidsfest Organizers Say Thanks to Sponsors and Performers

DSC_0065The organizers of this year’s Summerfest Kidsfest want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to our 2013 sponsors. This year’s event was a huge success!!!

Kidsfest is such a big part of Summerfest, and the committee works hard to make sure we provide a great experience for our neighborhood kids and families, none of which would have been possible without the generous donations of our sponsors. Not only did they help fund the weekend, but they shared their time by providing a meaningful and relevant activity for families to enjoy.

The Kidsfest committee would like to ask that you consider patronizing these businesses that provide much-needed support to our neighborhood efforts.

Prima Printing

Intowners Real Estate

Goddard School Midtown

Bla Bla Kids

Jewish Kids Groups

Intown ACE

Home Depot on Ponce

Center for Puppetry Arts

SLAPP Tennis

Backpack Journalists

We also can’t go without mentioning the fantastic job each performer did on our music stage. These performers kept us entertained, laughing and cheering! Email us if you have questions or would like to get in touch with any of our sponsors or performers.

Eclectic Music 

Springdale Park Chorus

Burke Connolly Dance

Rachel Platt

My Homework Ate My Dog

Our Fabulous DJ the Neal the Sound Guy


Kidsfest Organizers Thank Sponsors, Announce Final Kidsfest Music Stage Lineup

Sockly says: "Come see me at Summerfest!"

Organizers want to acknowledge and sincerely thank the Kidsfest sponsors who’ve generously stepped up to provide activities for attendees at this year’s festival. Here’s a list of the sponsors and the activities they’ll be providing:

VaHi Civic Association: Face painting & misting tent
SandArt Cart: Unique sand art bottles
Rachel Hudson (artist) & Prima Printing: Down on the Farm photo opp back drop
The Intowners: Kids mural
Jewish Kids Groups: Kibbutz activity
Center for Puppetry Arts: Photo opportunities with Sockly, puppets and playboard
Goddard School: Balloons
Home Depot on Ponce: Build projects
SLAPP Tennis Center: Tennis demos and coaching
Bla Bla Kids: Dolls for photo opportunity
Click on the link below for the final lineup of performers for this year’s Kidsfest music stage. Remember, all performers are children with connections to Virginia-Highland.

Happy Summerfest from Sockly and the rest of the Center for Puppetry Arts crew!


Intowners Seek Volunteer to Help Design Kidsfest Mural

The Intowners real estate group (Julie Sadlier, Sandy D’Aprile and Peter Bade) is once again sponsoring an area in Kidsfest at Summerfest where children will be able to participate in painting a mural. Painting the mural has become a Kidsfest and Intowners tradition, and the VHCA is thrilled that Sadlier, D’Aprile and Bade have once again chosen to sponsor the activity.

The group is looking for a volunteer to help them create the design for the paint-on-canvas mural. For artists interested in volunteering to help, here are the requirements (please see image at right for example of previous year mural):

  • The design should support the festival’s overall theme of “Down on the Farm.” By this we mean the scene should include animals, characters and objects commonly found on a farm.
  • The words “Summerfest – Kidsfest 2013” should be incorporated into the design.
  • Mural dimensions are 10’ wide and 3’ tall.
  • Drawing should be done in black line art only (like a coloring book).
  • Art work must be converted to eps or pdf format so it can be enlarged as necessary for printing.

If you are interested in helping out with this most important Kidsfest activity and receiving a coveted volunteer t-shirt for your efforts, please contact Sandy D’Aprile at sdaprile@bellsouth.net.


Kidsfest Chair Looking For Committee Members

Arturo Cruz-Tucker, 2013 Summerfest Kidsfest chair, has put out a call for committee members to help plan this year’s event.

Kidsfest 2012 was a huge success and organizers are determined to do even better at this year’s 30th anniversary festival the first weekend in June. The Kidsfest committee needs help with planning, securing sponsorships and helping supervise the arts, crafts and games during the festival. Committee members not only get the satisfaction of helping out with one of the most important parts of Summerfest, but you’ll leave the festival with a coveted Summerfest volunteer t-shirt!

This is a call for committee members to help plan and supervise the event only. Another call for volunteers to help with activities during the festival will go out in the next few weeks.

If you’re interested in helping organize the 2013 Kidsfest, please contact Arturo at 678-901-9683 or vahi.cruztucker@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you in June at Summerfest!


Voice – Fall 1993

Download PDF (2.7 MB)

– Summerfest contest was a piece of art
– My home, my castle and my office (profile of residents who work at home), by Deborah Cox
– Crime down sharply in FBAC area
– More B.S. (that’s bike stuff), by Michael Goodman
– Col. Mustard reviews Red Light Café at Amsterdam Walk
Full text of updated VHCA bylaws
Olympic trees, going for the green. Profile of Stephanie Coffin and her tree planting. By Kathy Couch
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
– John Howell Park fundraising update, by Jerry Bright
– Kidsfest successful 3rd straight year
– By-laws committee completes its work


Voice – Summer 1993

Download PDF (2.8 MB)

– Volunteers needed for Summerfest success
– Tim Shirley’s neighborhood outreach
– 911…operator this is an emergency (how to use 911), by Joyce Gross
– Keep your lights on (for safety), by Swan McKnight
– Buy a brick for John Howell Park, by Jerry Bright
A guide to buying art in VaHi (review of VaHi’s galleries), by Tinka Green
– Mike’s rules on buying a bicycle, by Michael Goodman
Col. Mustard reviews Fleeman’s Drugstore
– Help make our neighborhood beautiful
– Recycle today, by Nan Hunter
– Crime statistics
– Kidsfest ’92 (photo essay)
– A neighborhood-wide off-duty police patrol (will not happen for now), by Yvette Weatherly


Voice – Spring 1993

Download PDF (3.2 MB)

– Property tax season: VaHi is on first list (of assessment mailings) to homeowners
Friend, board member (Ed Neal) passed away
– President’s Corner: Summerfest success, DOT property on Ponce (now The Carlton condos, ed.) released, Murphy’s still in court
– Bicycles Require Care, Maintenance, Year Round Many Adjustments will Require Bike Mechanic, by Mike Goodman
– Your City Council, By Sheilll Martin-Brown, councilperson-at-larg
– Remember Your 3 R’s… Redvce. Reuse. Recycle. By Nan Hunter
– Parking Survey Received Huge Response, by Jett Marks
Piedmont Park has Become the Main Course on the Table, by Kathy Couch
– Gardening Volunteers Can Gain Hours for a Chance to Volunteer forthe 1996 Olympics, by Kathy Couch
– VaHi Can’t Flee from the Crime without Everyone’s Help, by Joyce Gross
– Don’t Be Shy To Your Own Neighborhood, by J .D. Christy, VP VHCA
– Col. Mustard reviews American Roadhouse
– Suitable Site For CSO (combined sewer overflow) Still Under Debate, by Jett Marks
Sidewalks throughout the Virginia- Highland area are due for a facelift, by Ellen Kates