Come on over to the Northside Festival, Saturday April 29 11:30-3:30! We are taking it to the streets this year. We’ll still have garden planting, old school field games, kid crafts, and the traditional, OCTS/Northside May Pole dance on the lawn in front of St. Joseph C.M.E. St. Joesph will host the Community Empowerment Fund’s Spring Graduation in the sanctuary. And on W. Rosemary, between Roberson and N. Graham, we’ll take it up a notch with lots of room to meet, greet, dance, and eat. Yes, we’ll have the usual garden container “cake” walk. We’ll also enjoy local talent on the stage, a gospel showcase, and dedication of the new, magnificent gateway in honor of Northside’s Freedom Fighters. As part of the dedication, the Mayor and Northside home-girl Senator Valerie Foushee will offer comments; civil rights leaders will give testimony; spoken word artist, C.J. Suitt, will bring it all home; we’ll close in classic, Northside style with a mass choir uniting the churches that were and remain so important to the freedom movement. The festival is free for all and we look forward to seeing you there!