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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Arundel Festival Kicks off in fine style, Gallery Trail, Bands in the Park,& Anniversary Champagne with friends

Good Morning/afternoon/evening
depending on where you are.

The Arundel Festival
kicked off in fine style yesterday.

The overflow car parks, themselves, overflowed.
People poured into town,
in festive mood.

There were a few minor finishing touches being performed by the Festival volunteers

Stages were going up,
Bars being set up,

Bars being used..This is a great spot, right by the river.
The Moorings Champagne Bar
The Farmers market was also on and added to the buzz.

Quirky people and goings on throughout the town.

This band were great to listen to and quite a crowd gathered to enjoy  the music.

The cafes and restaurants braced themselves, in preparation for their busiest week of the year.

Local shops were also in the festive mood.

Street performers were down Tarrant Street.

The street was pedestrianised and the cafe tables spilled out across the road.

barbecue outside The Eagle
The procession in the High Street led by Angela, our Town Crier.

"Oyez, Oyez, Oyez"

Micheal Tu, our major getting the Festival Flag ready

the  flag up in place,
the Festival is now officially open..let the fun begin

Coming up the High Street and heading for Tarrant Street
a group of street entertainers

They came to a halt outside Ninevah House

the damsel in the story

The Gallery Trail

If you have never been on the Gallery trail before, you are in for a real treat.
Pick up a map and list of artists and venues,
and walk all over the town looking at art of all descriptions, shapes and sizes,
in all manner of places.
Shops, warehouses, studios and garages as well as some of the most beautiful and historic homes in the town all throw open their doors, to artists and viewers.

A bit of "magic" with playing cards going on  outside the Kings Arms,
probably, the oldest pub in the town.

Have a little wander into a couple of Gallery Trail venues, with me.

At number 20 along Tarrant Street,
my old neighbours,
Angela and Julia Powell together with Joy Gardiner,
(who was exhibiting the most inspiring photography.)

The Powells dog clearly thought he was part of the exhibition.

painting by Juia Powell...gorgeous.

I went to see Jacqueline Jermyn's work at venue 23.
 In what is now a has been many different shops over the years.
Jacky's art work is fantastic.

She has also set up

You might be interested to take a look.

And on to my chum, Allie Bond's House at Venue 28

She is exhibiting with
Glenis Boote, Jewellery and Lorraine Gibby, Jewellry and metalwork.
Allie Bond Scrapbooking and Journals.
All the work is stunning

In our warehouse venue 2 we have the artist Jenny Lock and her paintings.
She has been with us for 3 years now during Festival time.
Lovely work, lovely person.

The Gallery Trail is in its 24th Year.
I have exhibited a few times over the years, bith with photography and also decoupage.
The first time, 23 years ago. Where does the time go?

I'm not on the trail this year but the decoupage is on
 display in our warehouse and we are open all week.

Also have a piece of my work in House and Garden this month.

Evenings out.

Yesterday was Nass and my wedding anniversary.
married 11 years ago, but together 21.

Ha Ha,
when we first got together,
 Nass was a teacher at Slindon College.

I was a parent, on the pta.
We were, it appeared, like chalk and cheese,
and the staff actually ran a book on us.
Yes, yes, they did

How long did they give us?
6 months. Ha Ha

Well, it just goes to show,
gambling doesnt pay. LOL

Anyway I am digressing.....

so we went out last night after having champagne
with our lovely neighbours in their garden
on what was a beautiful, balmy evening.

We sat in The White Hart pub garden and had tapas,( Lovely, Jubbly)
before going down to the gardens by the river
to listen to the music.

The place was HEAVING,with people
with the most glorious atmosphere.

I apologise for the standard of the pictures,
but it will give an idea of the fun people were having.

Over to The Red Lion , where we sat with friends in the garden.
and where they also had a band playing.


Take a look at the Arundel Festival site and you will see its
pretty well packed with events for all tastes,
throughout the week.

It's going to be
but FUN.

have a great day

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