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March 19, 2014

Art in the Park changes locations for 2014

ORANGE — One of the best kept spring traditions is moving to a new location.

The annual Art in the Park festival, long held at Stark Park off Green Avenue in front of the Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, is moving over a couple of blocks to its new location on the grounds of the Orange Riverwalk and Pavilion at the corner of Division and Fifth Street in downtown Orange.

This year’s Art in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22 and will feature many of the well known artisan vendors that make this event an enjoyable experience. The event is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on, but coolers, pets and dogs are not allowed.

Taylor Warner, coordinator with the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a lot of work has gone into making sure this year’s event is up to expectations of previous years.

“One of the main reasons we made the switch to the riverfront area from Stark Park was to create awareness of what the city has to offer and to showcase the pavilion,” Warner said. “It’s a great location for this event and its right on the river. The layout will really work out well because there is so much room.”

Warner said not all of the green space on the grounds will be used for the vendors, as there is plenty of room and space will be left open for the benefit of patrons as they enjoy live music.

“The hardest part of making the switch to the riverfront was finding a strategy to accommodate everyone,” Warner explained. “Many of the vendors wanted their same spot from last year, but, since this is a new location, finding spots for everyone has been a challenge. We think everyone will be pleased.”

According to Warner, the festival will feature many of the things patrons expect to see at Art in the Park. Approximately 130 vendors will be on site offering a variety of art, including woodworking, pottery, sculpture, paintings, photography and handmade jewelry and more.

“At least 75 percent of the vendors are returning participants from past Art in the Park events,” Warner added. “That speaks volumes about how much they enjoy Art in the Park and the amount of people who come out to see and purchase items from them. In fact, every vendor spot we have available is full and we have had a waiting list for two weeks.”

There will be a record seven food vendors on site, as well as children’s activities such as facepainting, pony rides, games, moon walks and more.

Music will once again be a big part of this year’s event. Local musicians set to perform include Orange-native Britt Godwin, the David Joel Band and the featured performance of the day will be The Peterson Brothers Band.

The Peterson Brothers Band is comprised of siblings 17-year-old Glenn Jr. and 14-year-old Alex, both of whom reside in Austin and have quickly built a reputation as blues musicians with talent beyond their years.

“We wanted to try something different and have The Peterson Brothers perform in Orange this year,” Warner said. “They have performed in Beaumont before, and they have built some name recognition through their hard work.”

Godwin will perform from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Joel will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m., and The Peterson Brothers Band will perform starting at 2 p.m., Saturday.

“We are looking forward to a great day and we hope everyone will come out and join us at Art in the Park in its new location,” Warner stated. “The riverfront area is a great place to visit and we believe this event is the perfect way to introduce everyone to it.”

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