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MAG Fine Art & Wine fest includes artists, crafts, live music

John McLoughlin, winemaker and owner of the Jerome Winery pours a glass of Honey Mead for Heather Wood of Phoenix.

John McLoughlin, winemaker and owner of the Jerome Winery pours a glass of Honey Mead for Heather Wood of Phoenix.

A special treat is in store for locals and visitors alike this Saturday and Sunday when the annual Mountain Artists Guild Fine Art & Wine Festival fans out across the courthouse plaza.

"It's not just cowboy art," said Bob Deputy, Mountain Artists Guild executive director. "The festival showcases a wide range of fine art and the work of a select group of artisans and crafters under the many tall trees that shade the historic courthouse."

This year's musical headliners include Terry Furlong, former lead of the classic rock band, "The Grass Roots," known for such popular melodies as "Temptation Eyes," "Sooner or Later," and "Midnight Confessions."

Furlong's new ensemble, "Re-Rooted," will entertain the crowd on the plaza from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday will be Jazz Day beginning at 10 a.m. with new fusion flutist Sherry Finzer and guitarist Darin Mahoney , winners of the One World Music Awards Best Album of 2013 for their album, "Transformations."

From noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Milt Cannon and the classic American jazz of his Milt Cannon Quartet will take the stage.

"Bring a chair and find a place on the courthouse steps to enjoy these and other musical offerings, " Deputy said.

A special feature of the two-day festival is the Wine Garden, where, for a nominal charge, festival-goers will each be able to get a souvenir wine glass and taste the various products of some of Arizona's finest vineyards and wineries.

And, festival organizers have not forgotten children who attend the event. They will have the opportunity to participate in the interactive Kids Art Zone.

Plenty of food will be available, including packaged cottage edibles and gourmet fare from restaurants surrounding the courthouse plaza.

More than 140 artists from across the country will have their works on exhibit.

The annual fest is free to the public.

"The festival is held on Mother's Day weekend every year, which makes it a wonderful destination event" for the entire family, Deputy said.


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