By Teresa Holloway-Hewitt
Planning is almost done and Saturday, April 25 could be the start of a brand new tradition!
The Piney Woods Fine Arts Association has put together a fabulous lineup of music, arts and entertainment for its first Spring Music and Arts Fesitval in Crockett.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and the festival will run until midnight.
Entry is free, so bring the whole family. This will be an outdoor festival at its best, and will have something for everyone, according to PWFAA Executive Director Bryan Lake.
Centered on Historic Camp Street (Third St.) in Lightnin' Hopkins park, this festival will showcase live bands and local artisans.
There will be no shortage of entertainment with music from "Trio Grande, ZZ Top Tribute" beginning at 3 p.m., followed by "The Saw Mill Vagrants" at 4:30 p.m., and "Me and My Monkey, Beatles Tribute" at 5:30 p.m. , PWFAA Associate Producer Glenn Barnhart reported.
At 8 p.m. Bear Hall will be filled with dancers as Amber Digby and Midnight Flyer, with special guest Mikki Daniel, begin their performance. Tickets for the Bear Hall concert and dance are $17.
The barbeque cook-off starts at 3 p.m. and $10 plates will be available at 5:30 p.m.
Best barbeque winners will be announced between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Barbeque artists are encouraged to participate. Sign up soon because contestants are entered on a first come basis, Barnhart said.
A host of children's activities including Dr. Squeaky the Balloon Artist, miniature train rides, sculpture, face painting, canvas painting and much more will delight kids of all ages.
Two exciting art demonstrations are scheduled. Johnny Villarreal and his stop-motion animation exhibition and Muralist Charles Ingram will be painting a mural as festival goers watch.
A silent auction and drawings will be held, with prizes like Phantom of the Opera tickets for the Houston show, a weekend getaway in the Texas Hill Country, an I-Pad Air, a designer purse and a Yeti Cooler.
Proceeds from the drawing will benefit PWFAA's Arts-in-Education programs, great prizes.
PWFAA's Arts-in-Education programs bring the arts to the children of rural East Texas in nationally touring shows, artist residencies in the schools, the Houston County Youth Talent Showcase, Missoula Children's Theatre and the Jim Jeffries Summer Arts Workshop.
For more information about the festival or to sign up for the barbeque cook-off, go to www.pwfaa.org, the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association Facebook page or call 936-544-4276 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Lake and Barnhart said, "This is bound to be a rockin' good time in Crockett, live music, food, family fun and good neighbors. Starting a new tradition was never this much fun!"