Autism benefit expands into festival

Staff report

An annual event featuring Toledo’s best bands and benefiting the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio has a new look and location.

The Spectrum Music and Arts Festival, or “Spectrum Fest,” presented by Farmers and Merchants State Bank, is an improved version of the fundraiser known previously as “Rock for Autism.” Once an evening benefit concert, the event is being expanded into an all-day, full-fledged art and music festival Saturday, June 4, beginning at noon, at Sullivan’s Restaurant, 141 N. Fulton St., in Wauseon.

Once again, the concert will be headlined by Match City, featuring Calen Savidge, Joe Woods, and Frank May, and will feature Nick Neenan and Breaking Ground. New musical additions will include Amelia Airharts, Brian Bocian, and children’s music performed by Calen Savidge. The live music will begin at 2 p.m. with Savidge’s concert and end with Match City taking the stage from approximately 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Festival attendees will be able to purchase hamburgers and hot dogs outside or enjoy Sullivan’s fare inside.

Festival tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance. They will be available at Sullivan’s Restaurant and online at, and may be available at Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Work of local artists and area high school students will be displayed for sale at Sullivan’s beginning at noon. Art classes for children of all abilities, taught by local artists and art teachers, will be held 1-6 p.m. Classes include painting, tie dye, painting 3-D objects, Picasso Paper Collage, and printmaking. The classes are no additional cost, but supplies and time are limited so early registration is encouraged.

Adult “wine and canvas” painting lessons taught by Sarah Friess, art teacher and owner of Brushstrokes by B, will be held 4 -6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. The $30 cost includes a canvas, paint, appetizers, and a glass of wine.

One-hundred percent of the profits will go to the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio to help provide support, education, advocacy, and services to those affected by autism in 12 northwest Ohio counties.

Several years ago, the Delta High School Student Council developed the annual concert event at the school as a fun way to raise money for the autism society. In past years, it featured nationally-known bands such as the Verve Pipe.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities for businesses, visit To learn more about the Autism Society, visit

Staff report