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Mayfair back at Cedar Crest; ‘Open-Mic Nights’ planned

After a one-year hiatus because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mayfair Festival of the Arts at Cedar Crest College will be held in-person May 28 - 30.

Mayfair 2021 hours are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. May 28; noon - 10 p.m. May 29, and noon - 10 p.m. May 30.

“We are excited to give our community an opportunity to celebrate the arts safely and in person,” said Audra Kahr, chair of the Mayfair committee and CFO-COO at Cedar Crest.

“This year’s festival will look different than previous years, as we prepare to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and festival-goers, but attendees can expect to see many local artists, performers and food vendors,” Kahr said in a press release.

The full Mayfair schedule has not been released as of the deadline for this article. This is attributed to evolving CDC and Pennsylvania coronavirus health and safety guidelines.

In 2018, Cedar Crest revived the more than 30-year Mayfair tradition in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley after the festival had been canceled by former organizers in 2017.

Crest returned the festival to the roots that had made it a beloved kickoff to summer in the region with free admission, family activities and the showcasing of area artists, performers and vendors.

Admission to this year’s festival is free and again includes artists, food and craft vendors, and music and live performances.

Featured music acts on the Main Stage sponsored by RCN include Central City Orchestra, The Large Flowerheads, Jimmy and the Parrots and Go Go Gadjet.

“Open Mic Nights” are also planned. Performances must be family-friendly and contain no profanity or lewd behavior. Performances can include music, poetry, dance, and children’s entertainment.

Performers will each have one 20-minute timeslot, available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Performers will have 10 minutes to set up before the scheduled performance time.

Equipment provided includes a 16-channel stereo sound system, with two powered speakers on stands, two powered monitors, a 16 channel mixer and processor rack, microphones, stands, cabling and one crew member.

Information and to sign up: www.cedarcrest.edu/mayfair/