Sam Luptak Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Cascade Park was alive with a celebration of the arts this weekend.
At the two-day New Castle Arts Festival, vendor tents lined the midways packed with original art works, handmade jewelry, T-shirts, wood crafts and various original arts and crafts projects.
Food booths of many varieties filled the park with the delicious smells of a county fair and kept vendors and visitors from being hungry. Magicians and musicians strolled the midway giving impromptu demonstrations of their skills.
Singers, bands and performers were ongoing throughout the day from the park’s main stage. Highlights included the Dante DiThomas Swing Band, New Castle Playhouse Mini Stars, Karmanooch, Michael Austin Project, Max Shang and a Sunday morning worship service, among a host of other acts. Dance studios showed off their talent in the dance hall.
And the little ones were by no means left out of the mix. A kids area featured several art projects for the young ones to make, face painting, a petting zoo provided by Living Treasures Animal Park and an inflatable bounce house and slide, all guaranteed to keep the young ones entertained.
A 5K run was part of the Sunday itinerary, and featured a shorter race for the kids as well.
The Carousel Pavilion housed a variety of displays and informational booths highlighted by an original art show judged by Hoyt Institute, as well as an art auction put on by the New Castle Playhouse and an antique camera display by the Warner Film Center.
Vendors came from near and far to display — and hopefully, sell — their many and varied unique projects.
Dianne Mallow came all the way from Rootstown, Ohio, to show off her hand-made clocks and purses made from old 33 1/3 vinyl record albums. She said she saw the idea about four years ago, “But I designed my own concept using the album cover and the album itself. They are cool, different, and unique. People love them!”
The Beatles and Elvis are always her biggest sellers.
New Castle resident Susan Palumbo was on hand to sell her own unique style of hand-made jewelry and scarves. She was inspired by the Arts Fest to get into the business.
“Three years ago I was on the committee for the Arts Fest,” she said. “I got inspired. I thought I could and would like to make jewelry, so I did, and now here I am.”
One booth was dedicated to items made entirely with spoons, coat racks, money clips, keychains and recipe holders. Another booth featured genuine working guitars made from cigar boxes. One gentleman was actually spinning his own pottery as he sold his completed projects, while another couple showed off their iron cutting skills.
While unsummerlike weather may have a kept a few from venturing out to the Arts Fest, by afternoon each day the event was bristling with people enjoying the sun and celebrating the arts.