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Lanesboro Arts Center presents the 32nd annual Art in the Park Father’s Day Festival on Sunday, June 17

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
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A Father’s Day tradition for more than 30 years, the ‘Art in the Park’ Festival will take place again this year in beautiful Sylvan Park, Lanesboro. Presented by the Lanesboro Arts Center, the festival will be held Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As always, this year’s festival will feature arts/crafts booths, live music and entertainment, delicious food, and kids’ and family activities. Lanesboro is famous for its hospitality, and Sylvan Park provides an idyllic setting for the event with shade trees, scenic bluffs, and ponds. Special thanks to the City of Lanesboro for support for ‘Art in the Park’. The public is also invited to attend an Artists Reception on Saturday night from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lanesboro Arts Center, 103 Parkway Ave N.

Art: The highlight of ‘Art in the Park’ is art! This year’s festival will feature a record number of Art/Craft booths with artists from a five-state region in media including ceramics, jewelry, garden art, wood, painting, photography, soap, fiber arts and more. With many returning artists and many new artists, the quality, variety and value of the art is remarkable and always attracts a large regional following.

Music / Entertainment: Starting off the day at 10 a.m. will be Patchouli, a duo performing Indie-folk music. Then the Commonweal Theatre Company will portray scenes from their upcoming production of “The Philadelphia Story,” a romantic comedy. The Coffee Street Dancers and the Itty-Bitties will perform, as well as the Lanesboro Community Theater with scenes from their upcoming comical production of “Don’t Hug Me.” Café Accordion Orchestra will take the stage from 1:30 – 5 p.m., led by Dan Newton on accordion and vocals. Café Accordion Orchestra has been delighting audiences since 1995 with their music—an eclectic mix full of French flair, Latin heat, and Bohemian attitude, including the gypsy-influenced valse-musette, swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias.

Food: Visitors can enjoy delicious and locally prepared foods at booths hosted by local organizations. Back by popular demand, the Lanesboro Arts Center will serve egg rolls and rice, and condiments and salads of locally grown produce. And of course the volunteers at the Arts Center’s famous “Pie & Ice Cream” booth will serve fresh pies including peach, blueberry, rhubarb, and apple (and coffee and ice cream to go with it). Also available will be pulled pork sandwiches and Spring Grove Rhub-berry soda (Lanesboro Local); hamburgers (JO Volleyball); brats, hot dogs and pickles (Catholic Church); healthy snacks provided by the Farmer’s Market, and pop and other beverages (Lanesboro Community Theater).

For Kids and Families: The popular petting zoo of baby and domestic animals from area farms will delight children and adults. A ‘must do’ on Father’s Day is a visit to Lanesboro Arts Center’s “Make a Tie for Dad” booth—supplies and ties provided! Nearby is the playground right in the center of Sylvan Park.

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