It was a beautiful day for Litchfield Chamber of Commerce’s first annual Art in the Park Festival on Saturday, May 1, where local artists lined the grounds of Litchfield Carnegie Building and created works of art reflecting their individual interpretations of the prompt, “A Stroll Down Memory Lane.”
Each of the free standing easels were positioned to allow those strolling the grounds to view the pieces as the artists worked. The paintings and drawings were auctioned off by the chamber during the festival.
However, the artists weren’t the sole entertainment. Litchfield VFW Post #3912 opened the event with a Color Guard Ceremony, which was followed by the national anthem performed by Thomas Taylor. The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Board took a moment to introduce themselves, before Taylor came back to the stage to kick off the event’s entertainment lineup. Performances included a children’s sing-along led by Patrice Corso, the Litchfield High School band and New Horizons Band.
Greetings Tour muralist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs also took some time to meet and speak with members of the community. The couple unveiled the city’s new mural at the festival, one of only six to be showcased along Route 66.
Lily Pad Learning Center hosted a supervised children’s corner, where attendees could drop off their children to create their own art and play, while they strolled the park. Youth could also register for the Party in the Park pageants during the event. The Women of the Moose were on-site offering both breakfast and lunch items for attendees, who also had the option of grabbing a drink at a pop-up bar that opened after noon. Litchfield Chamber of Commerce offered members the opportunity to sponsor an artist to be featured at the event, several of the sponsors set up promotional booths in their stations to showcase Litchfield’s business community to those in attendance.