Whether you call it 5/5 or Cinco de Mayo, this Saturday is going to be a very special day when the Fifth Annual Violet Crown Festival comes to Brentwood Park from noon to 7 p.m.

In addition to all the great local food, fun, music, art, and community
spirit you’ve come to expect from the Violet Crown Festival, this year’s
fest promises plenty of ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo as well as our super neighborhoods of "Crestwood and Brentview"!

Mariposa’s Spanish School will offer arts and crafts; Elsi’s Restaurant and
Curra’s Grill will serve up tantalizing fare; kiddies age three to five can
enjoy a 3 p.m. pinata party; and Los Escondidas will let loose their Latino
sounds on the Community Stage at 6:30 p.m.

Over the past four years, thousands of community members have turned out for
the Violet Crown Festival, enjoying delicious treats from local restaurants,
purchasing arts and crafts from artists who live in the neighborhood, and
just chilling to a wide range of homegrown musical artists, many of whom
have a national following! The festival’s silent auction, children’s
activities, and community tent are always big draws, as well.

With two stages for performers, the festival’s musical offerings promise
something for nearly any taste. Slated to appear are such local favorites as
Ted Roddy & The Backwoods Hipsters, Cowboy Johnson, Susanna Sharpe and
Catavento, Jim Stringer and the AM Band, Lannaya, the Mau Mau Chaplains, and
the McCallum High School Steel Drum Band.

The Fifth Annual Violet Crown Festival will offer an array of artisans
showing and selling their handmade wares. Refreshments will play a starring
role again this year at the Violet Crown Festival. Such local favorites as
Amy’s Ice Creams, Curra’s Grill, Dog Almighty Hot Dogs, Elsi’s Restaurant,
and Sweet Leaf Tea Company will be tempting festival-goers with their wares.
Tickets for refreshments are sold at the festival.

The festival will offer a wide array of activities for the whole family. In
addition to neighborhood history, news, and resources, the Community Tent
this year will feature an appearance by the 10-foot-long Domino the Pig
puppet, who led the Violet Crown contingent in Austin’s First Night New
Year’s Eve parade. Other features include a series of demonstrations.

Kids are going to have a great time with a petting zoo, boxing bounce,
dunking booth, Cinco de Mayo activities, inflatable obstacle course, two
moonwalks, and more. This year the Community Stage will host performances by
such entertainers as the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company; storyteller
Estella Starr; children’s singer/songwriter Jon Emery; the Violet Crown
Violins; singer/songwriter Sally from Pasadena (Avenue) and friends;
Avogadros Number (a rock band made upof McCallum High students); Guess (a
rock band made up of Lamar Middle School students); and Latin music makers
Los Escondidos.

Family activities will require the purchase of tickets the day of the
festival.  Wristbands may be purchased for unlimited access to all
activities within the children’s area!  Wristbands may be purchased for $20
each the day of the festival or for $15 ahead of time.  Please contact
Laurie Janss at 423-6393 for presales.

Admission to the Violet Crown Festival is free, but proceeds from the silent
auction, booth rentals, activity tickets, and a portion of the refreshment
sales benefit Violet Crown Community Works (VCCW), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization helping build and sustain community in Brentwood and Crestview
by supporting neighborhood enhancement projects. VCCW has already provided
funding for the Wall of Welcome, a tile-and-mosaic mural created by and for
the residents of Brentwood and Crestview. The mosaic is nearing completion
on a wall along the Crestview Shopping Center on Woodrow Avenue, in the
heart of the neighborhood. Upcoming VCCW projects include revitalization of
the amphitheatre area at the Brentwood School and adjacent park (home to the
Violet Crown Festival’s main stage).

The Violet Crown Festival also offers an excellent way for members of the
community to get involved, both before and during the festival. Volunteer
opportunities for adults and youth are still available. Those interested in
learning more can contact Angie Ward at 796-1060.

Major sponsors for the 2007 Violet Crown Festival include Amy’s Ice Creams,
Burnet Road Self Storage, Capital Metro, Crestview Station, Curra’s Grill,
First Texas Honda, Grande Communications, ME Television, the Pilates Center
of Austin, Sweet Leaf Tea Company, Texas DPS Credit Union, Texas Solar Power
Company, Violet Crown Realty, and Wheatsville Co-op. Other sponsors include
the Austin Chronicle, Discount Electronics, Dog Almighty Hot Dogs, Elsi’s
Restaurant, Evelyn Herczeg, Horizon Realty, Game Over Video Games, Goodflow
Honey & Juice Co., H-E-B, Realtor® John Dunham (The Stout Company), KGSR,
Texas Healing Arts Academy, and WholeSteps.

The festival will be held on Saturday, rain or shine.

For more information on the festival, stay tuned to its Web site,
www.violetcrownfestival.com. As information on performance schedules and
other pertinent matters available, it will be posted there.