Blooms! Sprouts! Repotting! Spring is the time, and the Violet Crown Festival is doing some “repotting,” too! The festival will be held on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a brand-new location – the new 6701 Burnet Rd. Market (formerly known as the Travis County Farmers’ Market).

The festival – staged by Violet Crown Community Works (VCCW) and sponsored by Amy’s Ice Creams, Burnet Road Self-Storage, Grande Communications, The Pilates Center of Austin, and the 6701 Burnet Rd. Market — will feature arts and crafts vendors, family fun, children’s activities, live music, refreshments, and a very special event — the 1 p.m. grand opening of the new farmer’s market.

Activities and entertainment include a production of “Thumbelina” by the Violet Crown Community Theater; musical performances by Roger Beck and band, Jill and the Jaybirds, the McCallum Steel Drum Band, and the Happy Campers; a raffle; spin art; art-car-building participation; and gardening demonstrations/information from Urban Patchwork. Refreshment vendors include Amy’s Ice Creams, Elsi’s Restaurant, and Hat Creek Burger Co., as well as delicious roasted corn and sausage wraps.

There are still opportunities for arts, crafts, and refreshment vendors. For information on vending, visit, or contact chairwoman Mona Prater at beadornment [Email address: beadornment #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ].

This spring’s festival is the 11th neighborhood event VCCW has coordinated since 2003. The event will again showcase the best of local music, food and arts; neighborhood history; community resources; and family activities. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Urban Patchwork, a Violet Crown-based non-profit CSA (community-support agriculture) dedicated to making local, natural food affordable and accessible for all of Austin.

Local community and church groups are invited to sponsor a family activity and have an information table, and local artist/crafters are encouraged to reserve a booth.

In addition to the festival’s major sponsors, other sponsors include Barnstormers Studio, Crestview Minimax IGA, John Dunham/Juice Homes, and Richard Schley Realty.

Violet Crown Community Works is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, helping build and sustain community in Brentwood and Crestview by supporting neighborhood enhancement and events.

For more information about VCCW and the festival, visit; or contact Mona Prater, 512-450-1167, beadornment [Email address: beadornment #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]. For more information about the new 6701 Burnet Rd. Market, visit