Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Israel Independence Day Festival


Terry and I went to the Israel Independence Day Festival in Cranes Roost Park behind the Altamonte Mall. Cranes Roost Boulevard was blocked off and lined with festival tents and food trucks. It was hard to distinguish from any other festival except for the occasional tiny Israeli flag. There was a large kids play area with inflatable jumper rooms, slides, a bungee sling shot and even pony rides. I decided to get a sketch of the face painter. She wore butterfly wings and could bat out a face painting every five to ten minutes. There was often a line of kids and their parents waiting expectantly. The little boy I sketched turned into Spiderman.

Terry and I ordered some Israeli food from one of the tents and we sat in the shade of a tree on a cement wall. A chorus began singing Israeli folk songs and some people in the audience joined in. Artist Bonnie Sprung was there with her mom selling tie died shirts with hand painted designs. Terry bumped into some friends from book club and while I sketched, she finished up a crossword puzzle.

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