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AIM continues to be an entertaining, educational, and enlightening event

by Earl Simpson

The weather forecast for June 2-3 was menacing, to say the least— two days of thunderstorms—likelihood given at 90 percent. Many were looking forward to visiting the Arts in the Middle (AIM) fine arts festival, and surely they peered out their windows on Saturday morning with trepidation. But instead of a storm they found a beautiful morning. June 2 was a fine spring day. One might conclude it was divine intervention . . . a gift of great weather on behalf of creative people. The measure of goodness on the second day was not quite so full, but far from complaining, the participants recall the occasion with pleasure. 

The festival was well attended, judging by the cars in the field/parking lot, which was skillfully manned by the Kiwanis Club. The volunteers who received visitors in the Welcome Tent reported a large crowd until weather intrusion. Visitors received a map of the festival offerings—live music, fine fare, and of course—art. Distributed beneath the shade of the oaks were makers of handcrafted furniture, jewelry designers, potters, sculptors, photographers and painters—realistic, abstract, primitive and surreal.  

Children had the opportunity to be creative, putting together wooden boats and sailing them in the plastic pond, or helping paint (sometimes with their parents) an “appreciation post” with the theme “Our Waterways.”

The Hospitality Tent offered drinks including wines and champagne and, for food—burritos, crab cakes and avocado bisque. Bethpage Food manager Miracle Gordon catered the evening artist reception with sliders and other finger foods, including artfully presented fruit kabobs. Gordon said that every vendor wanted their food presentations to complement the art in the show.

Carol King, volunteer coordinator, said the show was run by 74 volunteers working 98 shifts over two and a half days. The AIM festival continues to be an entertaining, educational, and enlightening event—a community effort that lifts the spirits and brings people together at Hewick and afterwards to explore all that Urbanna (and beyond) has to offer area visitors.

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posted 06.13.2018

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