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Saturday, February 16, 2013

It's Arts Festival time! Be calm and get out there!

I went out and about to check out the arts festivals -- Coconut Grove Arts Festival and St. Stephen's Art Fair. I love Friday afternoon when they are setting up, but the torrential rains put a damper on that. Literally.

Above is the sign crew admiring their work, I always feel that the art festival weekend has begun once the big sign is high above McFarlane Road. There is a large number 50, there, too, to commemorate this year's 50th anniversary.

I hung out at the Arts Festival office for awhile during the rain. I visited with Monty Trainer, Arts Festival director. He joked about the other events that are in South Florida this weekend, he brought them up, I didn't, but he was in a good mood about the competition. After all, to us Grovites, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is the only thing in town this weekend and he knows that.

The rest of the Arts Festival office was very calm considering this is the start of their big event. Donna Sweeney was there, I chatted with her and loved listening to her calming voice on the phone as she assured an artist who was calling in, that she would be able to bring her art at the last minute, as she had a problem with it being lost or something like that. Vickie was calmly directing volunteers who came by the office and Katherine and Katrina were both out in the field, on golf carts, which they seem to be glued to all weekend as they hustle around the show grounds making sure it all works seamlessly. Which it always does.

Daisy Lewis Salazar and her crew were doing the same thing as St. Stephen's. I couldn't get over how calm Daisy was as I walked around with her. People were coming at her from all directions and she calmly gave them the answers they needed. Guess it all comes with practice.

We'll see you around all weekend, hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. I know I hear grumblings about different things -- traffic, the cost, the artists, etc. But know what? It's here and in the end it's always an enjoyable weekend.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there today with family and friends and word around the festival was it's time for change.it was boring if you ask me.i really think its the end of the grove.

February 16, 2013 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice way to bring a negative comment to a perfectly lovely day. Stay home and be miserable ... had a very nice day yesterday. new art, new artists, old friends.

February 17, 2013 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change is good, the entrenched don't like it.

February 17, 2013 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first commenter is right its time for change.ive been going to this festival for over 35 years and its always the same thing.i live in the grove and dont even go anymore

February 17, 2013 10:34 PM  

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