The Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets to pre-purchase barbecue for $10 at the Art-B-Que kick-off celebration with live music and food on the shores of Lake Wailes at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7. Those who do not purchase barbecue can bring a picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy the entertainment.
Presented by the Lake Wales Art Council, the Art-B-Que will welcome artists and celebrate the opening of the Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. There is no admission fee or charge for parking to attend the weekend festivities.
Festival committee chairs met Wednesday, March 12 to finalize plans for the massive event. “We’re excited to offer new things that families will enjoy,” said Pirjo Restina, Festival chair. Along with Lake Wales Arts Council President Barbara Connor and Council Executive Administrator Jean Donaldson, Festival committee chairs include: Pia Griffin, Deely Hunt, Ellis Hunt, Robin Jenkins, Cassie Jacoby, Cheryl Garnett, Elizabeth McWhorter, Theresa Ryland and Shelly Windham.
Children’s activities will be expanded with puppets and hands-on aviation fun. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, a 9-foot tall dinosaur puppet will roam the Festival along with the Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre puppet workshop. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 9, kids can explore the Fantasy of Flight Cessna cockpit and make balsa wood model airplanes.
Also new this year, food trucks will provide food to purchase including Amy’s Komfort Kettle Korn, Nola On Da Geaux, Orange County Skewers, The Crepe Company and The Tree House Truck.
For the first time, festival-goers will have a chance to vote for their favorite artist in the new People’s Choice Awards. Ballots must be submitted by 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Information Tent.
In addition to artist demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. each day, entertainment will include at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8, Good Time Dixieland Jazz Trio; at 12:35 p.m. Juniper Duo will perform followed from 2:35 to 4:35 p.m. by the Porchdogs; at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 9, Fort Green Pickin’ Society will be followed from 12:35 to 4:35 p.m. by the FreeTime Jazz Quartet.
From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, the Patron’s Breakfast by the Lake will be open to Gift of Art purchasers, sponsors, donors and other dignitaries. Following judging on Saturday morning, the winners will be announced at 3 p.m. followed by an awards reception at 6 p.m. for artists, sponsors, patrons and elected officials.
The festival showcases quality works of art by fine artists and artisans with up to 100 artists competing for more than $30,000 in awards,” Restina added. “The diversity of the critically acclaimed two-day Festival attracts thousands of art lovers each year who purchase original, one-of-a-kind works of art.”
Contact the Council at 863-676-8426 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.lakewalesartscouncil.org for more information.