Annual Autumn in the Park will be a celebration of the arts

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Sep. 25, 2013
The Nenad Bach Band will be the Autumn in the Park headliner. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

While peace may be in short supply around the world, it will be center stage in Hyde Park on Oct. 5 during the eighth annual Autumn in the Park. The Stafford Arts Commission has planned a day that can be enjoyed in its entirety or partially, as activities begin at noon and continue into the evening. The festival is free to the public.

“It is going to be a fun, thought-provoking day,” said Georgia Michalec, chair of the SAC. “All the activities are related to peace.”

Beginning with non-competitive games, the events move to yoga, peace crane making with Deb Gelatto and dance by Dance Visions. Acoustic Rick, also known as Rick Sylvester, takes the stage at 3 p.m. and will draw from more than 1,000 songs in his repertoire. “He will sing songs which have a peace theme,” Michalec said. Some crowd-favorite songs of the ’60s and ’70s are sure to be on the list.

The Nenad Bach Band will be the headliner entertainment at 4 p.m. Bach is a native of Croatia and lives and records in New York. He is a well-known musician in Europe where two of his albums reached No.1. Through his singing and songwriting, Bach’s goal is to spread the message of joy and universal peace. Bach’s rock band includes Joe DeSanctis, Richard Lindsey, Michael, O’Keefe and Al Orlo. All the band members are accomplished and professional musicians.

Sara deBaer will do some story-telling before the lighting of the cauldrons in the river.

“We encourage people to bring their chairs, blankets and popcorn for the showing of ‘The Point,’” Michalec said. The movie is the story of difference, acceptance and unity, featuring the music of Harry Nilsson.

Any food vendors or visual artists who are interested in having a booth at the festival may contact Georgia Michalec at 860-684-9500.

The rain location for Autumn in the Park is the Stafford Community Center on Route 190.

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