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Diverse individuals and groups will perform at the Community Showcase Stage at Madison Street Festival on Oct. 1. CONTRIBUTED

MSF’s Community Showcase promises array of talent

MADISON – For a glimpse of small-town life at its finest, stop by the Community Showcase at Madison Street Festival.

“Our Community Showcase stage will be located on Main Street this year,” Chair Cheri Volkin said. “We have some really fun performing-arts peeps lined up on Oct. 1.”

This stage will include dancing groups, people showing off their sword skills and even a balloon performance. “It is going to be one fun stage. Make sure to head up to Main Street, grab lunch, sit down and enjoy these performances,” Volkin said.

Community Showcase acts will start at 10:15 a.m. with BalloonMasterz Entertainment Inc., followed by students from Athens Renaissance School at 10:45 a.m.

Rocket City Twirlers will command the stage at 11 a.m. Southern Irish Dance Tennessee team will be next at 11:30 a.m. Rocket City HEMA will take the stage at noon.

A perennial favorite for their enthusiasm, Madison Senior Center Line Dancers will entertain from 12:30 to 1 p.m. This stage will observe a 30-minute break at 1 p.m.

Students from Okinawan Karate Center will show their precision moves at 1:30 p.m. Adonai School of Ballet and Fine Arts will impress the audience with their skills at 2 p.m. The last act of the day, Impulse Performing Arts Studios will be center stage at 2:30 p.m.

A natural to help with Community Showcase, Volkin was a self-described ‘Band Mom.’ Her daughter played saxophone in Bob Jones High School Band and Madison City Community Orchestra.

“My MSF job pretty much runs itself,” Volkin said. “This is my first year so the story may rewrite itself after the festival. We have so many different types of performances that all ages will enjoy — from Irish dancers to swordfighters. I’m really excited about the variety we will have this year.”

“With so many artists of all sorts, as well as food vendors and local businesses, it will be a full day of activities and entertainment. This is such a wonderful way for our neighbors to get together and celebrate all that this community has to offer,” Volkin said.

Her children, who attend Athens Renaissance School, will perform. Her son Isaac is a master of the Rubik’s Cube, and her daughter Sarah will give a hula hoop routine.

Tuyet Clark, a new member of the Entertainment Committee, feels “an appreciation of how much the people that volunteer, whether in entertainment or across other areas, believe in the mission this event promotes. We’re all here to raise money for our community but most importantly our children.”

“I hope people will come out to enjoy the entertainment, see friends and know the money they spend goes back into their community in a positive way,” Clark said.

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