Art, music and fun planned Saturday

By L. Parsons

This Saturday, Aug. 12, is slated to be a “cultural extravaganza in Winslow, Arizona,” according to Arts Council Recording Secretary Roberta Cano. The council has been hard at work putting together A Midsummer’s Day, a free family friendly event offering art and cultural experiences.

The events begin at 8 a.m. with a walking tour of the Homolovi State Park located east of Winslow.

At 9 a.m. the Gemini Gallery, located at 210 N. Kinsley Ave., will open its doors as part of its grand opening celebration, displaying local and collected art works.

At 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, located at 220 W. Second St., will open for viewing of the historic building.

Also at 10 a.m., a garden tour will be held at La Posada Hotel, 303 E. Second St., a craft bazaar inside will take place at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, located at 523 W. Second St., and the Old Trails Museum, located at 212 North Kinsley Ave., will also be open.

There will be events available to children beginning at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Pavilion located next to the visitors center, including carnival games, a cake walk, a fire truck cool down and more. Also at the pavilion will be performances by High Desert Dance Academy at 3:30 p.m. and the Mother Road Trio, a group from Flagstaff playing nostalgic Route 66 songs, at 4:30 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m. the Just Cruis’in Car Club Talent Show will take place at the Route 66 Plaza on Second Street. This is the fourth annual talent show and it offers cash prizes in three age groups. All are welcomed and encouraged to participate. To sign up for the talent show, please call TJ Scofield at (928) 606-2244.

Vendors and artists will be located along Second Street all day, from Williamson Avenue to Warren Avenue, with one lane of the street closed off for foot traffic and the other open to vehicles.

The Winslow Arts Council hopes to expose the public to the many talents of Winslow residents, and to encourage art and culture appreciation in the community. For more information on A Midsummer’s Day in Winslow, or to pick up a map or schedule, visit the Chamber of Commerce, city hall or Gemini Gallery.