Arts group hosts annual festival at Fairgrounds

FONDA – Balloons, singing, crayon art and hands-on crafts filled the Kane Entertainment Building at the Fonda Fairgrounds on Sunday as Friends of the Visual & Performing Arts hosted their 18th Annual Art & Music Festival.

The festival was free to the public and open to all ages. FOVAPA hired two bands -?The Men From Glen and Jocelyn and Christian Arndt of The Dependents – to play at the event. And FOVAPA’s own volunteer summer jazz band and community choir performed at the festival as well.

FOVAPA hired artists to lead several hands-on workshops at the festival. Suzanna Hunter helped participants make silk-screened T-shirts, while Adrienne Hall helped people make colorful crayon mosaics. Other workshops included Adirondack watercolor painting, Mexican-style metal birds and felting. There also was a childrens’ art table for children from kindergarten through grade four.

According to Ken Stuff, festival chairman, the art portion has grown since the group’s first festival. The festivals started small, with only a community band performance and ice cream in the first years.

Stuff hopes to put on a Christmas event this year, but he said the group doesn’t have anything planned yet.

Samantha Richardson, president of FOVAPA, said this was the seventh year the group has used the “Kaleidoscope” theme for the festival, which is attended mostly by local people from Montgomery and Fulton counties.

Richardson explained FOVAPA is multi-generational, and members are always looking for more people to become involved.

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