Thanks for the 2014 Festival of the Arts

Now that the 2014 edition of the annual Festival of the Arts is officially over and has been relegated to the archives, it’s time to offer a final word of gratitude to all who took part in creating this month-long cultural happening.

There is no doubt that February is a tough time of year — especially this year. Folks throughout the area start getting a little desperate for human company as the bitter cold of a hard winter keeps people housebound for days on end.

The festival team advertised the collected festival events as a way to “Beat the winter blues,” … and so it was.

From music to knitting; from stage plays to flower arranging; from dance to glass bead making, there very literally was something for everyone.

This year’s festival offerings were many steps above anything one might expect in a small city in the dead of an exceptionally tough winter.

In short, the wide and varied happenings were a joy.

Sure. Not everyone can attend everything, but there certainly was something every calendar day throughout the month of February.

The 2014 festival was a real winner from start to finish.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to all involved.

Thank you to Carrie Weis and the festival organizing team for the tremendous effort that goes into planning a festival of this sort.

Thanks to the many, many volunteers who helped bring a myriad of plans to fruition.

Thanks to the many sponsors — both individuals and businesses — who backed the presentations with funding, materials, space and muscle.

Thanks to all who took part in one, two or many programs showing organizers that their efforts were worth while — and worth repeating!

Thank you for a wonderfully entertaining and often inspiring 2014 festival.

It filled our city with joy, light, music, dance, drama and fun through the most dismal time of the year.

And now, … we all start planning for next year.

Thanks. And again thanks.

 

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