With the next turn of the calendar page, Jazzin' Tiffin 2012 will be eight days away.
Crowd favorite Alexander Zonjic is to return for the jazz festival Sept. 8. He is to be joined by renowned saxophonist Warren Hill and gospel performer Jerome Clark. Jazz groups from Heidelberg University and Tiffin University also are to be featured in the free outdoor concert along the banks of the Sandusky River.
Theresa Sullivan, director of Tiffin Tomorrow, again is heading the effort to coordinate the music festival in conjunction with Tiffin Art Guild's Masterpiece in the Making Art Festival and Show.
She said the format is to be about the same as in past years, with the art show running 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists are to be set up along Frost Parkway between Clay and Miami streets. The music stage is to be placed near the monument between North Washington and North Monroe streets, with music running noon-9 p.m.
"We do have the beer and wine concessions this year, which Tiffin Tomorrow is going to run. We'll have a roped-off area for the beer and wine tent," Sullivan said.
Calvert is to take care of the food concessions again this year, serving sandwiches, snacks, water and soft drinks.
Tiffin Tomorrow plans to conduct some type of raffle, but the prize has not been determined.
"I'm excited because if you look at his venues, (Hill is) playing Houston, Texas, Long Beach, Calif., North Carolina, Florida, and then Tiffin, Ohio," Sullivan said. "We have John Patterson from Monroe (Mich.) who helps to bring our entertainers and helps to coordinate that. He is just a huge asset."
Even listeners who do not prefer jazz can enjoy the outdoor venue and celebrate the end of summer with live music.
Zonjic has been a fixture at Jazzin' Tiffin since its first year. His flute compositions, energetic performances and interaction with the audience have kept people coming back, as well.
"The artists' CDs will be available. Warren and Alexander will have CDs for sale, and we will be selling those. They always autograph those after their performances," Sullivan said.
A few benches are available in the area, but people spending the day should bring their own seating. Restroom facilities are to be available along Frost Parkway.
Visitors also are encouraged to visit the "Little Box Shops" in the area. In the past, many local restaurants have made food deliveries to the concert grounds for those who did not want to lose their places.