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.
This festival, scheduled to be held at the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines this weekend (Saturday, March 14, and Sunday),Announced has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The 42nd Annual Victor Smith Law Group Central Park Art Festival will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, March 21st, and on Sunday from 10 to 4. This will be our seventh appearance since 2013previous. Central Park takes up three blocks between West 4th and 5th Streets and between North Avenue B and South Avenue A.
They are expecting up to 25,000 guests this year to more than 90 artists. You can check out their website (ridgeart.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&item_id=1079472) as more information becomes avialable.
The 36th Annual Melbourne Art Festival will be open from 9 am to 5 pm both Saturday, April 25, and Sunday around the north lake at Wickham Park in Melbourne. This will be their fourth year at this location2019.
This festival is free to the public. Besides the 250 artists, there will be continuous live entertainment, a 5k run, KidsWorld, a student art competition and student workshops. Saturday evening, there will be a free concert with local and regional acts. You can go to their website (www.melbournearts.org) for more information. Maybe we’ll see you there.