Getting Artsy: Festival of the Arts returns to Bell County

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Published April 3, 2014

By Ashley Corn, Journal reporter

Mark your calendars for the second annual Festival of the Arts in Temple at the Cultural Activities Center (CAC) on Saturday.
There will be plenty to see and participate in for people of all ages, such as live art demonstrations, live music, a classic car show, arts and crafts, moon bounces, festival food and much more.
“This festival provides the opportunity for people to get out and see the arts and really get involved,” Jane Boone, CAC Marketing Director, said. “Many people think that the arts are for an exclusive group, but once they come and participate in all the different forms of art, they realize they’re capable of learning, and wind up creating something special with their very own hands. It’s amazing to see how it brightens people up.”
The festival will start out bright and early on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on the grounds of the CAC with a 5k “Run for the Roof” fundraiser to complete the cost of repairs for the roof over the CAC auditorium.
If you missed the early registration, you can still  participate for $25 when you arrive. At 9 a.m. there will also be a 1 mile fun run/ walk for anyone interested.
At 10 a.m. the CAC doors will open, and you can listen to the sounds of Mariachi de Temple perform on the grounds as you shop and see the unique hand-made items from vendors all across Texas.
ArtWork, the largest children’s art exhibit in Central Texas, will be open to the public for the first time. After you’ve enjoyed the art of talented children, you can sit in the auditorium and enjoy live and local music, appropriate for all ages, free of charge. One of the bands playing is The Schade Tree Band, which have a special band member particular to this event, Hershall Seals, the Professor and Chairperson of the Art Department for UMHB. The Temple High performers, and plenty of other local music acts will be performing throughout the evening.
Artists will provide live demonstrations such as Metal Casting Sculptures by Aaron Gist, and Raku demonstrations with Marilyn Ritchie.
Your children can have fun and participate in arts and crafts, sidewalk chalk graffiti, a large inflatable obstacle course and much more. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Maggie of Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, Bobby Bunz from Schlotzsky’s, and Larry the Lion from Lion’s Junctions Water park will be there to snap a keepsake photo with your child.
For the car fanatics, a miniature classic car show will be provided by The Car Shop of Temple and Killeen. If you’re interested in displaying your car for the show, contact Jackie Elliott at (254) 771- 2135.
Door prizes have been donated by some of the vendors and local business supporters. You can drop off your contact information at the CAC Info Booth to be entered for a prize. Winners will be picked at random throughout the day.
Some of the door prizes available to win are: glass art, jewelry, gift certificates, dinnerware, a Cameron Park Zoo family pass, and many more exciting items.
A festival just isn’t complete without the delicious treats.
There will be breakfast tacos from Hog Heaven for all of the public at 6:30 a.m.
Throughout the day, multiple vendors will be selling a variety of traditional festival foods and refreshments including hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones, funnel cakes, baked potatoes, nachos, tacos and more.
“I hope that those attending will gain a better appreciation for our member supported center, see all that we have to offer for the community, and consider making us their destination for future activities with their families,” Boone said
This event is free to the public, so come support the arts by dropping by the CAC at 3011 N. 3rd Street in Temple at 10 a.m.
If you would like more information, or wish to sign up for the 5k, call Jane Boone at (254) 773- 9926 or visit www.cacarts.org.