It was only two weeks ago that we announced our acceptance into the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festivalblog. The City of Cape Coral has just canceled the event due to concerns about the latest COVID surge. Now the Rotary Club is talking about a month-long virtual event, but we haven’t resolved that yet. We will let you know if we come up with anything definite. Thanks for your patience.
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club, in conjunction with Keystone Prep High School, has decided that the new surge in the Coronavirus occurring in Florida and across the U.S. has created an unsafe environment, and they have therefore canceled the Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled for the first weekend in Decemberinfo. They are now looking for an alternative event for April. We already have two big festivals scheduled for April (check our event schedule as it develops). I’ll let you know what they come up with.
This means our next festival, God willing, is the Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival in Januaryannounced. Maybe we will see you there. This is shaping up to be another light season.
The Cape Coral Arts & Music Festival will be on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 & Sunday. It will be from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. Put on by the Rotary Club of Cape Coral since 1985, the art festival will again be from Del Prado to Vincennes Street on Cape Coral Parkway. The music festival extends another block west and then a block north to the corner of SE 47th Terrace and 10th Place. Admission and parking are free. Last year they had over 120,000 visitors to 300 exhibitors. For more information about this 36th annual festival, go to www.capecoralfestival.com.
This will be our fourth time participating in this festival in seven yearsprevious. Of course we (and the Rotary Club) will be monitoring this latest surge in the Coronavirus as that weekend approaches. Stay tuned.
Yes, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, Inc is already making plans for this year’s festival. It is scheduled for December 5th and 6th at Keystone Preparatory High School at 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. They are expecting 30 thousand visitors this year to almost 300 artists. Admission is free but there is a five-dollar parking fee. For more information, see gfwclutzlandolakeswomansclub.org/annual-lutz-arts-crafts-festival/.
This will be our third consecutive appearance at this festivalprevious. We will be outside, as usual. We have received recognition on both of our previous visitsblog. So what can we expect this year? If you are north of Tampa in early December, come see for yourself!
Since our last post, the final three festivals of our season (Melbourne Art Festival, Mainsail Art Festival in St. Petersburg, and Isle Of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach (which we hadn’t yet announced)) have all been canceled. This means we won’t be in another art festival until the next season begins in Florida in October. Those dates aren’t usually set until being accepted in the summer (although we have already been accepted in a few festivals as far away as next April). I don’t know yet how this coronavirus issue will affect that. You can always check www.BeeHappyGraphics.com/schedule.html to see our schedule as it develops.
We will take a little time to work on our backlogged personal chore lists, but as technical support, I still have promises here to keep. Look for short articles first on new images and ‘hacks’ to our booth and to our Logan Pro Joiner. Then there is the midnight rainbow quest and the long-standing weird wood serieslatest. Other matters will be discussed as they arise. Stay tuned.
Since being forced to cancel their 42nd annual art festival,announced the Ridge Art Association has decided to have a virtual Central Park Art Festival this (same) weekend. You can check it out at their virtual art festival site. Anyone who would like to order something while visiting this virtual art festival will save 10% if they use the coupon code they find on that site. More information on that and other possible discounts can be found on our festival page.
Our next two festivals, the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville,Announced scheduled for the last weekend in March and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Keyannounced the first weekend in April have both been canceled. We will be back in Cedar Key next year, specifically April 17 & 18, 2021 (if the one that was canceled was supposed to be the 56th Annual …, what will next year’s festival be called?). We are still negotiating our future appearance at the other three festivals canceled so far (Pembroke Pines, Winter Haven, and Gainesville).
Although I hadn’t announced it yet, we were also scheduled to travel to India after the end of the Florida art festival season this May with Natural Habitat Adventures (our second-favorite tour company) to photograph tigersdetails. We have also pushed that trip back one year. There may still be room available on that trip; contact us (or Natural Habitat Adventures (tell them we sent you)) if you are interested.
Our last two festivals this season (Melbourne and Fernandina Beach) are still on, starting the last weekend in April. While that might change, I don’t expect to hear from them for another couple of weeks. Stay tuned.
The Victor Smith Law Group Central Park Art FestivalAnnounced scheduled for the weekend of March 21st has now been canceled.
I see a trend developing, but have no idea what’s coming next or how far this will go. Don’t panic, but be vigilant and be safe.