Home briefly to recharge my batteries (for my cameras) and download the pictures I took at the Street Fair.
People were lined up in front of Atrium Centre for the pancake breakfast when I arrived just before 10am. An hour later there was still a line.
Every stroller in Lloydminster (and the surrounding area) must have been downtown today with families enjoying the great weather and the loads of stuff to see and do.
If those cute kittens at the SPCA booth didn't find a home by the end of the day, we are a hard-hearted bunch of people.
Twinkelle the Clown and her facepainting enjoyed booming business in the Art Market as did the ladies doing the henna tattoos. I got a tattoo but decided to skip the facepainting.
The lemonade down on the corner by Ernie's Coffee House was great, not too sweet.
Laura Hale's visual art exhibit, done in collaboration with the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre and Avery Outreach School Middle Years Alternative Program was really cool and so was the exhibit space.
I passed out a lot of Arts Without Borders tattoos.
Time to get ready for Folk Fest. Check out the photo gallery tomorrow for pictures of today's events.
Took in the Bowser & Blue Show at the Vic Juba Community Theatre last night and once again the two gentlemen from Montreal did not disappoint.
My personal favourite was the parody song/commercial about cat food set to the tune of Paul Simon's "You can call me Al" but undoubtedly the audience favourite was Bum Darts. A call for audience participation brought Bobby McKay to the stage and he dumbfounded everyone with his unique method of getting the coin into the pot (you really had to be there). Afterwards Bobby (in the blue t-shirt) and a bunch of his friends posed with George Bowser.
Tonight the Vic Juba Community Theatre is the site of Lloydminster Reads. Hope to see everyone there.
Today I was adding a few thing to the website and noticed our countdown said that there was only 92 days until the Festival. 92 DAYS!!!!
There are some shorter deadlines fast approaching.
Cindy has set the Early Bird deadline for applications for the Juried Fine Arts Show as April 1 and the absolute deadline as April 15. She is absolutely firm on this so all you artists out there, get your applications in.
May 31 is the deadline for your nominations for the Gwen Mottram Arts Volunteer Award. If you know of some hard-working, unsung hero in the local arts community, sing their praises and nominate him/her.
Yesterday the Olympic Torch arrived in Lloydminster and was celebrated with an evening showcasing local talent. There was speed skating, figure skating and hockey on the lake at Bud Miller All Seasons Park. The stage featured poetry, dance art and music. My favourite was Northern Reeds, a saxophone combo-- I love the saxophone. Several members of the Arts Without Borders Festival Society did their part as volunteers while others (like me) were part of the crowd.
The Olympics are a sporting event but the cultural aspects are very important and Lloydminster did very well in that aspect. On the way out of the park I stopped to admire Laura Hale's latest art installation-- a very large ice Inukshuk at the park entrance. Check it out.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution. After trying out several blog components that work with our website management system, I have decided to go with a solution that uses what our software already provides.
Sometime I think I make it too hard on myself. But of course that is half the fun (if doing this wasn't fun I wouldn't spend so much time trying out new things).
So check out our new blog by clicking on Festival Blog in the menu. All the original postings from the Blogger version are there-- looking pretty much like the originals.
You can also subscribe to the blog by clicking on the icon at the top of the blog frontpage or on the icon below:
We're always changing things around here. Michele, the website administrator (that's me) likes to play.
Our original blog was done on Blogger but we wanted an in-house blog on our website. After a little research and a lot of playing (some of those blog extensions are really confusing), we may have found our solution.
Over the next few weeks, I will be working out the kinks of this new blog and transferring the older blog entries from Blogger. (I don't think it will be too difficult to figure out).
I love it when I get a new techno toy to play with.