The 32nd Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts is set for September 26 and 27, but because of COVID-19, the Festival is moving.
Instead of lining Main Street in Daphne, the open-air festival is moving to Lott Park, to give vendors and guests room to spread out
August 27, 2020
Contact: Denise Curtis
Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce
Jubilee Festival of Arts Announces Changes to Allow for Social Distancing
DAPHNE, Ala. – COVID-19 is forcing events throughout the area to make major adjustments in order to allow for social distancing and health guidelines, including the 32nd Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts.
The 2020 festival, set for September 26 and 27 will have an Art in the Park feel, taking advantage of Downtown Daphne’s outdoor space.
“From the beginning, we’ve said we’d be nimble and find creative ways to continue to support our artists and businesses who depend on events like this each year,” said Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce President Casey Williams.
In years past, artist booths have lined Main Street in Daphne, but this year the open-air festival is moving to Lott Park, just outside the usual festival footprint.
The move allows room to spread out. At full capacity, organizers can put 10 feet between each vendor’s booth and allow for much wider walkways for guests.
The Jubilee Festival of Arts will also feature artists and Jubilee Market vendors on a Virtual Shop at www.thejubileefestival.com so patrons can continue to support them online.
“We wanted to make it easy for residents to find the perfect painting or unique Christmas gift, even if they can’t make it out to the event,” said Williams.
The Kids Art Park will also have a virtual element. Stop by the “Grab and Go Kids Art” tents to pick up supplies, then follow along online with featured artist Ricky Trione as he teaches a virtual art class.
“Blind artist, Ricky Trione has been a fixture in our schools for many years sharing his gifts and talent with local students with a side of inspiration,” said Williams. “He’s not able to teach classes in the schools this year due to COVID-19, so we’re using this opportunity to connect students through an online art lesson.”
Grab and Go Kids Art supplies will also be available at the Eastern Shore Chamber Office at 327 Fairhope Avenue in Fairhope the week of the festival.
Other changes include reducing entertainment to solo acts and adding hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival.
Patrons are asked to follow state guidelines for social distancing and wearing face masks in public spaces.
More information, the Virtual Shop and Kids Art Lessons will all be available on the Jubilee Festival of Arts website,www.thejubileefestival.com.
The Eastern Shore Chamber and Jubilee Festival committee would like to thank the festival sponsors who make this event possible: Southern Cancer Center, Eastern Shore Ace Hardware, Daphne Utilities, Coastal Alabama Community College, Bryant Bank, Riviera Utilities, Thomas Hospital, Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Buffalo Rock, Allen Allen & Foster, Merrill Lynch - S. Wesley Carpenter, CPWA®, CFP®, ChFC®, CRPC®, CPFA, Aloha Hospitality, Terry Thompson Chevrolet, Bayshore Christian School, BancorpSouth, Blackwell Realty, EcoView Windows & Doors, Gulf Coast Media, Alabama Public Radio and Identity Signs.