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Springfield Hosts Celebration Of Porches

Peter Haden

PorchFest - a music festival held on front porches - is coming to one of Jacksonville’s oldest neighborhood Saturday.

"In Springfield our porches are more than just architecture," said PorchFest organizer Christina Parrish. "They’re kind of symbolic of the close knit community that we have. Porches are open and welcoming, and your neighbors can come up and socialize with you on the porch. And that really is what this neighborhood is all about."

PorchFest is a free, live music event featuring more than 20 bands - including Canary in the Coalmine, the Douglas Anderson Guitar Ensemble, and the Jacksonville Old Time Jam - playing on 15 porches in Springfield. It runs from 12-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, on Hubbard and Market streets between Second and Fifth streets.

This is the first year PorchFest has been held in Jacksonville. Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend.

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Peter Haden is an award-winning investigative reporter and photographer currently working with The Center for Investigative Reporting. His stories are featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, CNN en Español, ECTV Ukraine, USA Today, Qatar Gulf Times, and the Malaysia Star.