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Ninth Annual UWF Festival on the Green

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The University of West Florida Festival on the Green will be held April 3 and 4 at the UWF Main Campus in Pensacola. The festival will include a crafts fair, a dog sports and fly ball exhibition, fine arts show displaying regional works, diversity showcase, library book sale and a children’s festival. Events also include an alumni jazz brunch and awards celebration, Time Portal to the Past, new acts on the three musical stages, new festival food and classic car show. The festival is free and open to the public.

“This spring we have come up with fresh ideas for many of our returning venues,” said Jeff Comeau, co-chair of Festival on the Green. “Participants can look forward to new historic periods, new exhibits in our Children’s Fair and a new expanded location for our Canine Sports Expo and one of our largest book sales ever. We’ll also have 20 groups providing amazing engineering and robotics demonstrations, a new student-sponsored Relay for Life and much more.”

Off the Green events also include Jazz Fest, RadioLive April 2 at the Museum of Commerce and the UWF Department of Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods” at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

“With the opening weekend of ‘Into the Woods’ the audience will see first-hand the talents of the theatre and music departments,” said Kyle Marrero, chair of the music department. “They can also run downtown to experience the Phillips Jazz Piano competition at the newly renovated Saenger Theatre.”

The Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillips, M.D. Jazz Piano Competition, a nationally recognized jazz performance competition sponsored by UWF, will return this year as one of the festival’s main events. The final round of the competition will be held as a free public performance April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre located in downtown Pensacola.

“Festival on the Green is the best time of year for people to come out to campus and see everything that we do in the music, theatre and art departments,” said Marrero. “It’s truly a festival for the eyes and ears.”

For more information, contact Comeau at (850) 474-2610 or e-mail jcomeau@uwf.edu. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.uwf.edu/festival.

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