Ashe County Arts Council’s free event offers fun for whole family

Last updated: April 11. 2014 4:12PM - 1999 Views

This Saturday, April 12 marks the 29th Annual Spring Fest. The event is free and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Early Learning Center in West Jefferson.
This Saturday, April 12 marks the 29th Annual Spring Fest. The event is free and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Early Learning Center in West Jefferson.
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For 29 years, the Ashe County Arts Council has hosted Spring Fest, a tradition which has entertained, inspired and enriched many local children.

This year, Spring Fest will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at the Early Learning Center, also known as the old West Jefferson School gymnasium. This event is free for both young and old.

Spring Fest will feature over two dozen hands-on art activities for children of all ages. The theme for Spring Fest is “litter-ally ART” and this year’s hands-on activity tables will feature creative projects that are related to literacy as well as recycled materials and the “don’t be a litter bug” campaign.

Art teachers from all five of the county’s schools have designed activities to inspire creativity and expand the imagination. Other activities will include a hands-on clay station, face painting and more. Community organizations including the Ashe Library, Florence Thomas Art School, Farm Bureau Federation, CDSA, Keep Ashe Beautiful and the Blue Ridge Art Clan will also have activity tables.

In addition, Angela Shepherd will have a photo booth available.

The popular student “Talent Show” will return, featuring talented individual Ashe County students as well as performances by the local dance groups, April’s School of Dance, Dancin’ Debbies and Fleet Feet Cloggers. Exhibits from all Ashe County Schools will highlight student artwork.

Come see the roving performers including Dale Brook, Magical Minstrel, Interactive Theatre by Jef and Magic by Chaz. Spring Fest would not be complete without the food and this year’s festival will include pizza, subs, cookies, drinks and more.

There will be a nominal charge of $5 to silkscreen a t-shirt with the festival logo designed by Pat Morrison.

In conjunction with Spring Fest, Very Special Arts will take place on Friday, April 11. Ashe County’s exceptional students and young adults will enjoy music, entertainment and student exhibits.

Face painting, balloons, t-shirt silk screening as well as a variety of “hands-on” activities such as clay sculpture; printmaking, fabric art and jewelry making will keep participants busy.

Spring Fest will utilize over 200 volunteers and is a great way for the community to be involved in the arts. There are many ways to volunteer and if you are interested in volunteering please call the Arts Council at 336-846-2787.

The Ashe County Arts Council has a long-standing commitment to increasing the availability of arts opportunities for children and adults. The Arts Council strongly believes that the arts are a positive vehicle for self-expression, creativity, problem solving and providing an understanding of diverse cultures.

Very Special Arts and Spring Fest is funded, in part, by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program from the N.C. Arts Council, and sponsored locally by the Ashe County Arts Council.

For more information please call the Arts Council at 336-846-2787.

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