NATURE ARTS FESTIVAL “COMES HOME” TO CHARDON

Something for everybody, any Nature lover, any art lover.

Well known as a great variety of fine arts on display and for sale by regional artists, Geauga Park District’s 25th Annual Nature Arts Festival will be an especially exciting one. That’s because the festival’s return to Big Creek Park after more than a decade at The West Woods puts it just a hop, skip and a jump away from Chardon Square Association’s 36th Annual Chardon Arts Festival – park near Historic Chardon Square and take a FREE five-minute Lolly the Trolley ride to Big Creek Park!

Chardon’s two arts festivals are eager to host you on Sunday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission and parking are completely free. For maximum convenience, all parking is recommended near Chardon Square with a short trolley ride to the Nature Arts Festival due to limited space at Big Creek Park.

In addition to shopping for awesome Nature-inspired artwork, this year’s park festival-goers will be able to: peruse locally made goods at a unique Farm-Artisan Market; snack from food trucks/booths including Hunger Squad (sandwiches, salads, drinks), Fire Truck Pizza Co. (pizza, drinks), Classic Kettle Corn, Jimmy’s Funnel Cakes (funnel cakes, French waffles, elephant ears, fried Oreos), Bill’s Ice Cream (ice cream treats, fruit smoothies) and Lemonade & Ice Tea Bar; relax under a tent with live music by Rio Neon (“folkjazz”) and Cats on Holiday (“original swamp pop”); encounter roving stilt walkers and music; select face paintings and balloon sculptures; create make-n-take projects and chalk art; hop aboard the Kid at Art Bus; try Zentangle; and at 3 p.m., enjoy readings by winners of the 21st Annual Nature Writing Contest, followed by an open mic for Nature writers.

Another much-beloved annual feature is usually heard before it’s seen: blacksmiths from the Western Reserve Artist Blacksmith Association hammer away during live demos, forging works of sparking art right before your very eyes!

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“The Nature Arts Festival continues to be one of the area’s finest shows for Nature-inspired artwork,” said Teresa Runion, special events coordinator at the Park District. “This 25th anniversary brings it all back to its roots at Big Creek Park. Plus, now there’s no need to select one Geauga County arts festival over the other – both are easily attainable right here in Chardon! We are all very excited to see families and friends making a whole d3colorlogo.titleay of great artwork, food and fun.”

The Nature Arts Festival is entirely wheelchair/stroller accessible. A complete schedule of events is now available at http://bit.ly/gpdspecial.

Both festivals are sponsored by Renewal by Andersen and The News-Herald.

Please call Teresa Runion at 440-279-0882 with questions about the Park District festival, or call Mariann Goodwin at 440-285-8686 with questions about the Chardon festival.

Geauga Park District is online at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

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Above PRESS RELEASE submitted by:Sandy Ward
Geauga Park District 440-286-9516, Ext. 0803

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