After a two-year hiatus and locked in all winter, residents and visitors to downtown Lewisburg can finally celebrate the arrival of spring and the return of the Lewisburg Arts Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival kicks off the 2022 celebration of the arts and features 100 juror artist booths, 26 food vendors, live entertainment and plenty of family-friendly activities. The Lewisburg Arts Festival is sponsored by, among others, the Lewisburg Arts Council, the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors’ Bureau and the Evangelical Community Hospital.
Lewisburg Arts Festival co-chair Sara Kelley said the Lewisburg Arts Festival will always feel like the festival to anyone who’s ever been there, with 100 fantastic and diverse performers lining Market Street between 7th and Front streets, three food courts and entertainment.
“The food courts are in slightly different locations than before because we don’t have the same access to Hufnagle Park, but people can find food at South Sixth Street, M&T Bank/South Fourth Street and North Third Street,” she said. . “We also only have one performance area, but we will be showcasing the talents of local young people in instrumental music and dance at the corner of Market and South Third all day.”
For this year, they’ve brought their family-friendly activities together in one area, with the Interactive Alley, centered on North Third Street and Cherry Alley. Here, children and parents will find a petting zoo, a balloon artist, face painting workshops and the arts activity of the Lewisburg Children’s Museum, as well as the beautiful murals of Cherry Alley.
Kelley said it was delightful to get back to planning and organizing a festival, because they had all forgotten how much work it was, taking care of all the little details so that the festival went smoothly. goes well.
“We are aware that many people have never come to the festival, as several of our board members moved to the area after April 2019,” she said. “So that meant adding more signage and advertising in a way that we had never felt the need to have before.”
“Of course, there are a lot of people who have never been to the Lewisburg Arts Festival,” said Della Hutchison, president of the Lewisburg Arts Council and co-chair of the Lewisburg Arts Festival. “Anyone who moved to the area in or after May 2019 has never had the chance to have fun strolling Market Street, shopping and eating all over town.”
Due to construction in Hufnagle Park, most activities and entertainment will take place on or near Third Street. Scout Troop 538 will open the festival by raising the flag at the post office; followed by the Lewisburg High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Daniel Schwanger, performing a variety of jazz styles such as swing, Latin, rock and funk; and two dance companies – DK Dance Company and Downtown Dance – performing with costume routines, recitals and competitions.
“For many of these artists, this will be their first time performing at an arts festival,” Hutchison said, “so please come and applaud their efforts.”
Another essential part of the festival is the food. Together, this year’s co-chairs worked with returning favorites and brought in new food vendors. They even added a new mini food court on North Third Street, so there will be even more options this year.
Kelley said she knows people are excited to be able to attend an outdoor event like the festival again, especially after two years of not being able to gather in this way.
“Even with the variants still swirling around, we’ve intentionally made sure all of our activities are outdoors for a safe experience,” she said. “So, we hope that people will feel renewed by coming to the festival! I am already planning my gastronomic stops between the visits of the 100 artists! »
Hutchison hopes people who have never been to Lewisburg will find plenty of reasons to come back, even when there isn’t a special event.
“I hope those who haven’t been in a while will take the time to check out some of the new businesses that have opened recently,” she said. “And most of all, I hope everyone – no matter how often you come downtown – will be captivated by our magical one-day-only Market Street makeover!”
Kelley said she also hopes people find the festival experience not only fun, but also smooth and easy. With limited parking available downtown due to the closure of most of Market Street and the closure of all municipal lots for vendor parking, visitors can park at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Center (next to the old Country Cupboard) and take the free shuttle to town.
“They can take a shuttle any time of the day, so they don’t have to drive around looking for parking,” Kelley said. “We have many toilet blocks with accessible units throughout the city, as well as hand washing and sanitizing stations. So come in the morning and stay all day, or just find a moment to stop!”
“Downtown Lewisburg is always lovely in the spring, and I’d love it if the flowering trees held their blooms for a few more days,” Hutchison said. “Of course, we’re still hoping for good weather – the festival comes rain or shine – and good crowds eager to buy handcrafted artwork and lots and lots of delicious food!”