Ritz arts festival to feature music, magic

The Ritz Theatre is to present the Children’s Arts Festival, a series of live family events Monday through Thursday.

Each performance is to start at 11 a.m. and last about one hour at the East Tower lawn at the corner of East Market and Jefferson streets. Performances are free and are to take place inside an open tent, rain or shine.

“We are fortunate to have community-minded sponsors like National Machinery that allow us to bring events like this to Tiffin. The Ritz Theatre is truly grateful for their support,” said Michael Strong, executive director of The Ritz. “These kinds of events are what bring the community together and make Tiffin a special place to live.”

The lineup:

Monday, The Village Puppeteers (Saugatuck, Michigan) – For 10 years, The Village Puppeteers have been presenting shows that make kids giggle in their seats. Follow the antics of Puss ‘N Boots, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and a host of other fairy tale characters.

Tuesday, magic and comedy with Eli (Toledo) – Eli has been entertaining audiences since age 3. He was America’s youngest national magic champion and continues to wow audiences with his elegant interpretations of classical magic.

Wednesday, Sarah Goslee Reed (Mount Vernon) – Family fun in the folk tradition, Reed weaves original and upbeat songs of the natural world, love and loss and spirituality.

Thursday, Martin Koop (Tiffin) – Singer, songwriter and guitar player, Koop, performs traditional folk music at many local and regional venues. Funcoast Magazine says Koop is “proof that folk music is alive and well.”

Call The Ritz at (419) 448-8544 for further details.