Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winter Park Harvest Festival

 On November 17th, the day after the ice skating rink opened, The Annual Winter Park Harvest Festival was held on the West Lawn of Central Park. The white tent in my sketch is where the ice rink is housed.The festival is the brain child of John Rife who wants to help educate people to the benefits of eating locally grown produce. A community garden demonstrated what plants did well in Florida.

Since the festival was held right before Thanksgiving, people could consider getting some locally grown, whole hearted goodness on the dinner table for the holiday After walking around and inspecting the fifty or so market tents, I was drawn to the sound of music. Several bays of hay and some speakers were piled onto the back of a truck trailer that served as the stage. A bare scrawny tree offered no shade for the performers and it was hot in the sun. I walked around the staging area several times searching for a shady spot with a good view. I finally leaned against a tree quite far from the stage. Austin Miller was performing. People sat on hay bales and families picnicked on the grass as they listened. "Hey, are you a registered voter?" I was asked. "Yes." I said. "Well then would you like to sign a petition to help preserve our natural resources?" I had already signed that petition downtown. I heard his pitch again and again. The music was just background noise for the fervor. I didn't care. It was a beautiful day.

Gailanne Amundsen, of Jubal's Kin stopped to say hello. Her brother Roger Amundsen had started a locally grown business and he had a tent. Unfortunately, Jubal's Kin wasn't scheduled to play. There is a deep rooted Appalachian honesty to their songs that I love. I also bumped into Mark Baratelli and Julie Norris with her daughter Maya. Anna McCambridge Thomas offered me several fried crab cakes from the Big Wheel Food Truck. Boy were they good. Several people I hadn't met before stopped to tell me they follow my work online. One artist insisted I have to get involved in the annual Winter Park Paint Out. I've wanted to sketch that event for the past two years but there was always a scheduling conflict. After my sketch was done, I went to the Big Wheel Food Truck and ordered a stuffed Avocado. I relaxed in the shade and soaked in the music.

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1 comment:

Scott Baker said...

Hello Thomas,

It was nice meeting you at the Winter Park Harvest Festival and you can count me as one of your website followers.

Here I have put it in writing in a plug of your sketches:

Best regards,

Scott Baker
Orlando Local Guide