Weekly Feature



2018-09-13 / Bee Heard

Bee Editorial

Everyone should attend revamped arts festival

Whether you’re a lover of arts and crafts or music, there’s one destination you should make your way to this weekend — the Orchard Park Festival of the Arts.

The two-day festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, on the Orchard Park Middle School campus, 60 S. Lincoln Ave.

While many around Orchard Park and the art community knew the festival for years as the Quaker Arts Festival, this revamped festival — presented by the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Town of Orchard Park, Village of Orchard Park and the Orchard Park School District, along with title sponsor Bryant & Stratton College and co-sponsor Bee Group Newspapers — provides new features to bring the arts and music crowd to Orchard Park. First, for the arts crowd, 170 exhibitors will be set up on the middle school grounds to present an array of artistic works. Whether it’s fine arts, woodworking, jewelry, candles, decorative paintings or packaged speciality foods, you can find it at the festival.

For the music crowd, Saturday’s new addition of the OP Musical Experience is sure to have people entertained throughout the festival. Ron Hawkins, Carina and the Six String Preacher, Molly Conrad, Carly Beth and Emma Heppner will all perform on the pavilion stage.

Another new addition will feature live demonstrations from the Orchard Park Visual Arts Boosters on both days of the festival.

There will be eight food vendors at the festival, and don’t forget about the awards ceremony, this year taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the Byrd House; or Community Entertainment Sunday, featuring performances from Katie Klein, Master Khechen’s Martial Arts Academy, Down Home Country Cloggers, Bello Voice Studio, Amy Lynn’s Dance Studio, Club Infinity Diamond Dancers and Olivia Larson.

Heading to the festival this year will also be a thanks to the chamber, which has worked tirelessly with other entities after the organization took over the festival from the Orchard Park Jaycees in January.

Your attendance will show that organizers’ efforts were not wasted and that Orchard Park isn’t Orchard Park if there’s no arts festival.

With the festival’s new attractions and old favorites that everyone loves, try your best to go to the event this weekend and take in everything the iconic Orchard Park staple has to offer.

Art, music and food. What more could someone want?

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