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Arts in the Park set for Sunday

The 16th annual Arts in the Park will be held Sunday, May 20, from noon-6 p.m. at Lakebottom Park.

Leigh Stewart, a member of the event committee, said that people can expect not only arts and crafts vendors, but lots of children's activities and musical performances by The Justice Family Bluegrass Band, The Columbus Jazz Society and Jennifer Duncan.

Children's activities include face painting, clowns, the Springer Theater stilt walking team, pony rides and petting zoo, puppet shows and amusement games. Most activities are free, but Stewart said a few many charge a nominal fee.

While people are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets and blankets, there will also be food available to purchase at Arts in the Park, including hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, funnel cakes and ice cream. Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and properly looked after.

In addition to the art on display and for sale, which will include pottery, jewelry, watercolor, photography, horse-hair pottery and more, there will also be demonstrations of woodturning and the pottery wheel.

"We try to keep it simple," said Stewart, who added that the basic format of the event hasn't changed much over the past 16 years. "It's worked for us for all these years."

Open House Blitz

This year the first MidTown Open House Blitz is being held in conjunction with Arts in the Park. MidTown, Inc. will have a booth at the event where people can pick up a map with the locations of the open houses, hours and the real estate agent contact information.

Sixteen MidTown-area homes will be available to tour and the event is hosted by the MidTown Business Association.

For more information about the MidTown Open House Blitz, contact Bitsy Dedwylder at or 706-494-1663.