From our 2011 Syracuse Poster Project Series, poet Nancy Liccione and former Syracuse Illustration student, Kerff Petit-Frere, now a freelance illustrator out of Brooklyn, joined forces to create this telling poster of summers in Syracuse:
Fountains echo words / Blues and jazz reverberate / Summer in the Square
Music. Festivals. Summer. They’re synonymous with one another. Celebrating the season nearly every weekend of Summer, festivals fill Syracuse squares and parks with all kinds of music, ethnic foods and treats, crafters and artists of all kinds, individuals and families enjoying the outdoor opportunities of coming together as a community.
Music in the night Neighbors gather in the square Dancing in the street
Frequent Syracuse Poster Project contributor, Ellen Agnew (Syracuse) similarly recounts the pleasures of one of Syracuse’s most popular neighborhood festivals, the Westcott Street Fair with her 2015 haiku:
Westcott Festival brings out musicians, artists, cooks, friends, and their dogs.
Peggy Liuzzi’s (Syracuse) 2009 haiku colorfully describes our collective refusal to have rain hold us back from celebrating Summer’s annual rituals, including the Syracuse Jazz Fest which inevitably has one rainy night in its lineup:
Music fills square. Rain falls and the crowd blossoms With bright umbrellas.
Great Summer jazz songs Together neighborhoods bond Clap worries away
Warm Summer night’s wind Whispers Celtic music through Armory Square streets
Texas blues drift with the moonlight through a Summer night in Clinton Square
When all is said and done, our 2003 Syracuse Poster Project series haiku poster–written by Claire Bobrycki and illustrated by former Syracuse University Illustration student, Julia Cocuzza, now a working artist living in Brooklyn–says it beautifully:
Steamy Summer night– / ribs smokin’, guitars wailin’ / Blues Fest makes it right
Do you have a favorite Summer festival? Let us know in our comment section below, or even on our Facebook, and we’ll find a place for it in our next Blog Post!