Homer Street Faire Showcases Local Art, Music

     Homer’s reputation as one of Alaska’s premier arts communities will be on display this Saturday at the fifth annual Homer Street Faire. 

     The streets of downtown Homer will be alive with the sound of music this Saturday. Or at least one street will be – Hazel Street, the site of this Saturday’s Homer Street Faire.

     Cindy Nelson is a board member for Homer Council On the Arts, which has been putting on the Street Faire for the last five years. She says the idea for the faire is to create a sort of mini-Mardi Gras environment, where artists can display their wares in a festive, outdoor environment. She says the faire is a perfect way for the Arts Council to fulfill its mission of promoting local art because all of the arts and wares at the faire will be local.

    The musicians are 100 percent local, too, says Nelson. The Shamwari Marimba group will be performing, along with Ivan Wolfe, Lee Carpenter and even a local ukulele band.

     Nelson asks that you keep your dogs at home but kids are definitely welcome.

     All of Hazel Street will be blocked off to vehicle traffic, from the Homer Public Library, past Safeway and down towards the Poopdeck Trail. 

     Nelson asks that fair-goers refrain from parking at local businesses along Hazel Street and instead park in an area near Waddell Way that will be set aside for the occasion. She says that in the faire’s first year, it was a little difficult to convince City of Homer officials to close off an entire city street – that’s something they do not normally do – but the success of the relatively small event has allowed the Arts Council to keep coming back every year.

     The Homer Street Faire runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for everyone.