Weather won’t stop weekend full of activities at the lake

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Guests take a look at what vendors have to offer at last year’s Art on the Lake. The 12th annual Art on the Lake will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at Children’s Harbor. The event is free and open to the public.

There is plenty to see, do and hear this Memorial Day weekend.

From activities around the lake to music, there is bound to be something to interest most everyone.

Down Highway 63, two big events are occurring this weekend, the 12th annual Art on the Lake at Children’s Harbor and RXR Fest at Russell Crossroads, despite the weather.

“We have ordered a big tent,” Russell Lands’ Robert Gunn said. “We are going to cover as much of the Town Green as we can so the show will go on.”

Gunn said they have limited options for moving RXR Fest.

“We just decided Town Green is the best place for it,” Gunn said. “We really don’t have an indoor space. The weather looks to be OK in the evenings.”

RXR Fest is hosted on the Town Green at Russell Crossroads with music starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Belle Adair kicks things off Friday night followed by AJ Ghent.

Local group, The Bank Walkers open up Saturday night and features local characters Roger Holliday, Steve Forehand, Brian Bice, Mark Tucker and David Sturdivant. Tyler Mac follows the The Bank Walkers while King Corduroy and Lamont Landers Band close things out Sunday night.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, picnic baskets, friends, and even pets (on a leash, please) for this annual event that kicks off the season at Lake Martin.

Art on the Lake has been a successful fundraiser for Children’s Harbor. Between the vendor fees and a portion of the money made from the art sale, the facility usually receives around $25,000, which is then put right back into Children’s Harbor to help fund the many programs offered at both the Lake Martin campus and the center in Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. On average over 70 artists apply to be part of the juried event.

Art on the Lake will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The show is free and open to the public.

“It’s a great community event,” Children’s Harbor Special Events Coordinator Vicki Tuggle said. “It’s a way to build relationships and gives our supporters a chance to come on the campus.”

Not to leave out the Dadeville side of the lake, Copper’s Grill at StillWaters is hosting three nights of music, which is kicking the holiday weekend with a lot of live music.

“We normally have two nights of music every weekend,” Copper’s Hannah Machen said. “But we are having four nights of music with Memorial Day this weekend.”

Sid Phelps hits the stage at 6 p.m. Friday followed by an acoustic set with Damon Johnson at 7 p.m. and Johnson returns to the stage at 8:30 p.m. with Damon and the Welfard.

Saturday the River Dan Band will take the stage at Copper’s at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Blackberry Breeze performs Sunday.

The Altman Moore Project played Thursday night.

Sugabuzz will be performing at the Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Rodeo Club on Highway 34 in Dadeville. Sugabuzz covers all types of music, classic rock’n’roll, funk, 80s and 90s rock and country.