‘Autumn in the Park’ promises to be fun-filled day
By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Sep. 8, 2011
“Imagine” is the theme of this year’s “Autumn in the Park” Fine Arts Festival. The Stafford Arts Commission is bringing back creative ideas from past years, along with some new ones, to make the sixth year a spectacular event for everyone.
Families from Stafford and other communities are invited to come to Hyde Park on Saturday, Oct. 1, for a day of music, art, kite-flying, a book and craft sale, and food provided by local restaurants and organizations. The day begins at noon and ends at dusk with the lighting of “mill stream moon fires” in the Middle River.
“We hope people will set aside Oct. 1 and join us in the park,” said Georgia Michalec, chair of the commission. “Our goal is to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone by providing a variety of music and activities.”
Music will be presented all day, beginning with Celtic musician Mary King, who will provide instruments for children to join in her sing-a-longs. She will be followed by The Phoenix Fire Sword Group, Southeast Light, a barbershop quartet, and the Manchester Regional Police and Fire Pipe Band. Bruce John and the Eagleville Musicians will entertain from 5 p.m. to sunset.
In keeping with the theme, “Imagine,” there are several new events planned for this year. From 3 to 4 p.m., hand-crafted kites will be soaring over the park and the most imaginatively-decorated kite’s owner will receive a hot air balloon ride for two adults and a child. Second prize is a Nook reading tablet.
“This year we will be having a youth art display. We are starting with flat art, which includes paintings, collages and drawings, and will expand in coming years,” said Charlie Hietala, secretary of the commission. A professional face-painter will be painting people’s faces for free from 1 to 5 p.m.
Some of the trees will also be decorated in what is known as “urban knitting,” or “gorilla art.” “It is something like a sweater for a tree. It will be very different,” Hietala said.
Check out the Stafford Arts Commission’s Facebook page for entry information, vendor’s fees and a schedule of the many events planned. The rain location is the Stafford Community Center. Entry to the event is free of charge.