4th Annual Love & Soul Family Festival

Music becomes medicine for the soul this weekend

Savannah’s Hosanna Church will celebrate mental health awareness, led by mental health advocates Matthew and Kimberly Gunn at the Love & Soul Family Festival at Morris Park within Kehoe Iron Works (660 E Broughton St.) on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m..

The Love & Soul Family Festival merges faith with passion to bring the city a day of live music and performances, family activities, great food, local venders, health screenings, and so much more. 

This summer soirée offers an opportunity to spread love and compassion while educating the community about aspects of physical and mental health.

Organizers encourage the community to bring families, lawn chairs, and appetites for this fantastic festival in the park.

This outdoor festival offers a break away from the stress of this past year’s Covid negativity, with a chance to delight in a sunshine-filled day of creative expression and celebration.  

Via ZOOM interview, the Gunns said, “Our main mission is to create an atmosphere where everyone can have fun. After all the stress we have all been through this past year due to COVID, people need a moment to let their hair down, enjoy good music, and eat some good food.”  

People of all ages will be able to find something to enjoy among the menagerie of festivities.

The Gunns said, “For the kids, we have activities such as face painting, dancing, and the favorite Heroes Overcome event. The Heroes Overcome part of the festival is where members dress up as superheroes and come out to give the kids a meet and greet opportunity with their favorite hero. We have characters such as Black Panther, Spiderman, Captain America and more.”  

For Savannah’s foodies, iconic and local eats will be in attendance. Food trucks representing multicultural cuisine such as Sweet & Spice, Royal Tasty Avenue, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies, Philly Flava Water, Kay Sweets, Time to Eat, Reece Barbecue, Caribbean Shack, Rita’s Italian Ice Of Savannah and Ben & Jerry’s Savannah will be available. 

There will also be over twenty regional and local live musical performances that include everything from jazz, hip-hop, gospel and soulful R&B, poetry, spoken word and dance to keep the stage rocking all day long. Attendees can connect with friends and family by sharing beats that warm the heart and move the feet. 

A variety of local vendor booths and stands will be at the event. The Love & Soul Festival provides an opportunity to see small businesses that are blooming in the Savannah area. Wares, handmade items and services from all over Savannah will be available. 

The Gunns said, “Because we ourselves are entrepreneurs, we want to give the small businesses an opportunity to promote their products and to share their journey with others.” 

The organizers of the Love & Soul Experience provides Savannah with a social event unlike any other that focuses on bringing everyone together for a day of artistic creative expression through visual, musical and culinary art.

The event is sponsored by the City of Savannah and CareSource. 

CareSource is a foundation that actively transforms lives through innovative health and life services. They are committed to providing financial support to community organizations that promote physical and mental health through grants and COVID-19 Relief Impact Efforts.

Onsite health screenings and COVID vaccinations will be provided. Center for Disease Control Guidelines will be followed to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. 

The Gunns explained that by having COVID vaccinations onsite, it helps families and the community as a whole to become aware of the importance of health education. It is also an opportunity to help spread proactive knowledge for the prevention of transmission of COVID-19.

Hosanna Church was founded by the Gunns and opened its doors to the public in June of this year. The Gunns discussed how fortunate they are to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Savannah for fifteen years through outreach fundraising, musical performances and charity events, and how excited they are to continue their passion of helping others. 

Kimberly Gunn is not only a powerhouse musical performer, she is also an advocate for addressing mental health disorders to discover a way to create a better tomorrow. She founded the Love Again Initiative, which “was created to bring awareness to mental health and the importance of self care/self love.” 

The Love Again Initiative is dedicated to educating and providing resources for the community to illuminate and break the stigma on mental health that affects many lives and families.

Admission is free and open to the public. 

Attendees are asked to register for the event at eventbrite.com (search 4th Annual Love & Soul Family Festival, and have their receipt ready at the entrance to be scanned in. 

For more information visit theloveandsoulexperience.com  

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