By Barbara Biehler
The annual Blooming Arts Festival, slated for March 22-24, 2013, celebrates the beauty, culture, and revitalization of Linden and Perry County. Featuring a wide range of family-friendly events, the festival offers fine art displays, craft demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities and much more.
“[It's] just great days of fun,” says Michael Dumont, festival organizer. “Our downtown flourishes.”
Restaurants and street vendors provide a diverse sampling of local food, and guided tours proudly display newly revitalized areas of Linden, such as the downtown arts district, the new Heritage and Visitor Center, and the restored Commodore Hotel Linden. Town officials, including Mayor Jim Azbill, greet visitors each year and show off the town’s new attractions.
In 2011, nearly 100 exhibiting local and regional artists presented an eclectic mix of wood carvings, pottery, stained glass, weavings, jewelry, paintings, quilts, dolls and gourds. Approximately 10,000 people attended the event, but festival organizers expect even more in 2012 as the event expands to two days.
Find out more about the event at www.facebook.com/bloomingartsfestival.