Save the Date for the 12th Annual Arts and Crafts in the Park, Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10AM - 4PM
The Fremont Cultural Arts Council invites you to enjoy the spring weather and blooming flowers in the the beautiful gardens of the historic Shinn estate, one of Fremont's hidden gems. The park is tucked away in a grove of trees not far from downtown, at 1251 Peralta Boulevard just west of Mowry Avenue. You will find the gardens filled with entertainers, music, and dancing, as well as local artists and crafters displaying their work, all free to the public. Bring a picnic to enjoy under the shade trees, some of which are over 140 years old, or purchase light refreshments at nominal cost on the spot. Feel free to take pictures of the grounds, the artists and the performers in this lovely setting. The James and Lucy Shinn house on the property was completed in 1876, and tours of this furnished historic house ($5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 5 to 12) will be available during the day, so that you may learn something of the history of this family and their co ntributions to early day Fremont. You are also welcome to take pictures as you tour the house.
Featured entertainment in front of the James and Lucy Shinn House will include Music for Minors II, inviting young people of all ages to experiment with the various simple musical instruments and learn how music is made; square dancers demonstrating the do-si-do with their partners from 2-3PM; and the Nour El Ain Belly dancers taking the stage at 3PM, while over 15 local artists and crafters will be displaying their creations on the front lawn throughout the day. You are encouraged to speak to the artists and enjoy the beauty of their arts and crafts--and if you should be overwhelmed with the beauty of an item, you may be able to persuade the creator to let you take it home in exchange for a little paper money.
For more information, please see the Art in the Park page.
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The F.C.A.C.'s mission is to further and support the practice and enjoyment of the fine arts in the Fremont community. In addition to active sponsorship of activities such as art in the schools, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council provides a "clearinghouse" for the Arts and other charitable and non-profit activities in the area, helping these organizations to avoid event scheduling conflicts and publishing a calendar of events via our newsletter, the Fremont Focus, and on this website.
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