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Sumter's Art in Park will go on

Plans well underway for 14th festival

BY IVY MOORE
Arts and culture contributor
Posted 6/2/20

The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association plans to go ahead with Art in the Park, members have announced.

The 14th outdoor exhibition will go on at Memorial Park on Sept. 19 - with compliance with measures recommended to prevent the spread of …

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Sumter's Art in Park will go on

Plans well underway for 14th festival

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The Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association plans to go ahead with Art in the Park, members have announced.

The 14th outdoor exhibition will go on at Memorial Park on Sept. 19 - with compliance with measures recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Art in the Park chairwoman Cleo Klopfleisch said the art show and festival already has dozens of vendors and artists signed up, and others can still sign up to participate at www.HSNASumterSC.com.

She also announced that Johnny Hilton and Friends will be the main musical entertainment for the 9 a.m.-to-4 p.m. event.

"Returning artists and vendors are excited to come back," Klopfleisch said," and we have new artists signing up. Several schools will be participating, as well, presenting children's art. I haven't talked to anyone who isn't excited about it."

Because COVID-19 is not expected to be eradicated by September, she said Art in the Park will be spread out for social distancing.

"We will utilize the entire park, and the number of vendors utilizing a single assigned spot will be limited to six or less," she said.

In addition, Klopfleisch said vendors, artists and HSNA volunteers will wear masks and gloves. So far, she said, participants will have lawn art, stained and fused glass, pine needle baskets, photography, paintings, artisan soaps, carvings, a variety of crafts and many other genres for viewing and purchase.

Food vendors will offer everything from burgers and hot dogs, bratwurst, barbecue and fish sandwiches to snow cones, popcorn, baked goods, brownies and beverages.

Ample free parking will be available at Grace Baptist Church and Curtis and Croft law firm on Calhoun Street, with transportation from those sites via golf cart for those who can't walk the short distance to Memorial Park. The park comprises a large city block bounded by Calhoun Street and Hampton, Salem and Park avenues.

HSNA will donate its proceeds to three local organizations - Willow Drive Elementary School, Shaw Spouses Club and Carolina Helping Paws. Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association, Klopfleisch said, is dedicated to "preserving, protecting and promoting (Sumter's) historic district.

"HSNA will follow all city, county and state rules and regulations for social events - social distancing - to ensure a safe environment for all to enjoy Art in the Park. Memorial Park is very large. We will utilize the entire park," she said. There is no charge for admission to Art in the Park, a family event.

Complete information about the event will be announced once all details are finalized.

For more information about the Sept.13 Art in the Park, visit www.HSNASumterSC.com or the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association Facebook page, where applications for artists, crafters and vendors can be found.