The city of Coatesville, a former steel mecca that has been plagued in recent years by crime sprees, government infighting, and unfinished developments is showing signs of a long-overdue rebound.

New leaders appear unified, several arsonists linked to a 14-month reign of terror have been convicted, and a hotel and a river walk are under construction - an ideal time to celebrate, say organizers of the Coatesville Area Arts Alliance.

C3A is holding its 5th annual Grounds for Music, an outdoor festival featuring diverse, regional musical performers such as Al Bien & Friends, B-Sides, the Charlie Phillips Band, Fontane/Cooley and Honey Juice on Sunday at eARTh, 120 Reservoir Rd., Wagontown. Grounds open at 12:30 p.m.

Deb Kates, one of the organizers, says the festival is a great option for people who are cutting vacations for economic reasons.

"It's a day in the country in a beautiful setting," she said. "Plus, it's a way to support local artists who continue to produce no matter what the economy does."

Admission, which benefits the art alliance, is $15 per car, and participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments for jam sessions - and chairs for resting. Food will be available for sale for those who don't want to pack a picnic, and artisan vendors will be showcased.

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   Kathleen Brady Shea