COBDEN -- Parents and children alike can enjoy an afternoon out Sunday, April 13, as Rustle Hill Winery hosts the fourth annual Locally Grown Music Festival.
The event, a benefit for the Carbondale New School, features four musical acts and a variety of kids’ activities. Adults are admitted free, while children’s wristbands are $10.
Parents will enjoy the music of Meridian 90, The Bankesters, Storm Crows and The Flowers of Evil. Children will be able to take part in activities including an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, javelin throws, miniature golf, live-action Angry Birds, pool noodle and soccer ball croquet and more.
“It’s a fun afternoon,” said Amanda Sheridan, director of the Carbondale New School. “Kids will enjoy being there for quite a few hours, and their parents will enjoy it, too.”
Rustle Hill will also be offering a featured wine, with a portion of its sales going toward the school’s fundraising effort. Donations will also be accepted.
Like last year’s festival, Sunday’s event will double as a reunion for Carbondale New School alumni. As the school approaches its 40th anniversary in May, this is an opportunity for past students to reunite and help ensure continued success for future students, Sheridan said.
“Most of our finances come through fundraisers, donations and gifts,” she said of the nonprofit school. “They help us to function, but they also help provide great programs like Spanish, yoga and art. We hope to add music next year.”
Additional help came from top sponsors for the event, including Rustle Hill, Robco Audio, Sollami Company, Clear Vision and E. Claire Salon.
The local connection is important to Sheridan and others at the Carbondale New School. Funded and run by parents of students, the school relies on the local community for support, and this event is a means of celebrating that and featuring Southern Illinois products and music at the same time.
“We’re trying to keep everything local,” Sheridan said. “We get support from local sponsors, we have local bands and we hope the people coming want to support the local community.”
The Locally Grown Music Festival runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rustle Hill. A rain date of April 27 has been set.