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Lanesboro Arts Center presents the 34th annual ‘Art in the Park’ Father’s Day Festival

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. - 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 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. As always, this year’s festival will feature 100+ artists in fine 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 of ‘Art in the Park’.

Art: The highlight of ‘Art in the Park’ is art! Artists booths will encircle Sylvan Park underneath canopies of shade. This year’s festival will include 100+ fine are and craft booths, with everything from artisan soap to jewelry, painting to photography, garden sculpture to fiber arts, and wood sculpture to ceramics. With many returning artists and many new artists representing a five-state region, the quality, variety and value of the art is remarkable and always attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Music / Entertainment: Art in the Park will feature sneak peeks from both the Commonweal Theatre Company and the Lanesboro Community Theater. Commonweal actors will be in costume and character to present highlights from their upcoming ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ production. The Lanesboro Community Theater will present songs from their upcoming ‘Fiddler On the Roof’ production, to be held the end of July at the St. Mane Theatre.

Back by popular demand, Indie-folk duo Patchouli will start off the day at 10 a.m. at the gazebo, and will return to the stage from 3–5 p.m. to close out the day. Award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel tour nationally with music that has been described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.”

From 1–3 p.m. the band Patty and the Buttons will take the stage. A traditional jazz band, Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet, with core instrumentation of accordion, clarinet, guitar and bass. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Western Swing, Gypsy Melodies, Ragtime Piano Blues, Jug Music and 1930s Popular Song. Patty, mostly known as an accordionist doubles as the bands vocalist. His voice is inspired most by the old time hollers and croons from the dawn of recording once described as “Tom Waits meets Rudy Vallee.”

Music at Art in the Park is presented with support from Mark and Romi Wilhelm, and the Rudolf E. Wilhelm Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Food: Visitors can enjoy delicious and locally prepared foods at booths hosted by volunteers from local organizations. Back by popular demand, the Lanesboro Arts Center will serve egg rolls, curry and rice, and condiments and salads of locally grown produce. The Arts Center will also host the famous “Pie & Ice Cream” booth, serving fresh pies including peach, cherry, blueberry, rhubarb, and apple (and coffee and ice cream to go with your slice of pie). Also available will be walking tacos (JO Volleyball); brats, hot dogs & pickles (St. Patrick’s Catholic Church); pulled pork sandwiches (Friends of Lanesboro Library); healthy snacks provided by the Farmer’s Market; and pop, lemonade, & water (Lanesboro Community Theater).

For Kids and Families: A 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, and the ponds on the north side of the park make for good fishing.

Visiting Lanesboro: Lanesboro, was named “One of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit” in 2014 by Smithsonian Magazine. Lanesboro is known as the premier small town Arts and Culture Destination of the Midwest, and was recently recognized (2013) as one of America’s Top 12 Small Town ArtPlaces. Lanesboro has many different lodging options, from city and nearby campgrounds, to inns to B&Bs...Lanesboro is deservedly the “Bed and Breakfast Capital of Minnesota”. There are many downtown and rural businesses, retail shops and restaurants. An old railroad route, the Root River State Trail runs through town with scenic trails good for bicycling, walking or running, heading to Whalan/Peterson/Houston, Fountain, or Preston. The Root River is excellent for trout fishing, tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Along the bike trail downtown, the Visitor Center is a great resource for more information. www.lanesboro.com

Lanesboro Arts Center has been providing year-round arts programming for more than 30 years. Its mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information contact 507-467-2446 / info@lanesboroarts.org. www.lanesboroarts.org.

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