Sunday, July 18, 2010

VenFest, Fireworks

One of the lighted boats docked right by us (D, C, R, & I) making a nice foreground for our fireworks shots. :-) It was a lovely hot summer night in St Joe! The chocolate brownie sundae we got from Coldstone Creamery at the festival was just the thing to help cool us down. What fun!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

VenFest, Lighted Boat Parade

This is the one likely to win. Beautiful!

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VenFest Sunset

Blogging to you live from VenFest. Sun is setting and the lighted boat parade will be starting soon.

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2010 Venetian Festival in St Joseph

It's that time again! The biggest festival of the year is being held in St Joseph this weekend. And what a weekend it is! The weather is just wonderful... hot and sunny, perfect for a beach town. There's no rain in the forecast except for a chance of a shower Sunday afternoon or evening. So if you're thinking about coming to the VenFest, do it, and don't give a second thought to the weather!

D, C, R, and I walked around the festival grounds last evening and had a great time. Lots of music, food, rides, and games! There were plenty of vendors around hawking their wares. This guy was selling, among other things, hand held bubble makers.

Just a ways down the road to Silver Beach, the folks under this tent were racing remote control cars.

The lovely new Silver Beach Carousel was doing a brisk business and the Shadowland Pavillion was open and serving beer and soft drinks to those over 21.

There was plenty of junk food to be had and folks seemed to be buying and enjoying it.

Security folks were all around the grounds making sure there was no rowdiness.

There weren't a lot of rides, compared to an amusement park, but there was a nice variety. From sedate rides like the Fun Slide...

And kiddie rides...

To rides that swing, spin, and drop, for the big kids!

And of course there were lots of games of chance.

Not everyone is lucky enough to win at the games of chance but some do. Here's a good but weird example of one of the prizes you can win... your own alien!

And Mother Nature contributed to the fun atmosphere with a another lovely Lake Michigan sunset.

I'm looking forward to visiting the Venetian Fest again Saturday and Sunday. Will I see you there?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Krasl Art Fair 2010

Today was the first of the two days of the 2010 Krasl Art Fair in St. Joseph. While it was a pleasant pool and beach day, it was uncomfortably warm up on the bluff where the art fair was held. However, that didn't diminish the crowds!

D, L, Jo & I had breakfast at Thornton's, which had a line out the door waiting for a table, and then we made our way over to the Krasl about 10:30 am. We purchased "Krasl Bucks" this year which allowed us to take advantage of preferred parking at the Krasl. Saweet! The Krasl Bucks package also included a ticket to breakfast at Port 412 but my understanding was that it was a "Continental Breakfast". We were looking for something more substantial hence breakfast at Thorntons. We were given a "goodie bag" (part of the Krasl Bucks package) which consisted of an art fair poster, a pencil and pen, a key ring, a writing journal, hand sanitizer, and a printed piece about the permanent sculptures that belong to the Krasl. We also got passes for "refreshments" at the Boulevard Inn. All in all, it was a very nice package! We got all of this for buying $100 worth of gift certificates to be used at the art fair. Such a deal!

We started walking the art fair at the south end of Lake Bluff Park. It was very warm but the art was beautiful. We didn't walk long before we came across this gentleman, Lawrence Packard, who was drawing some really intricate pictures of old ships on replica old maps. I'm always amazed at those who have the talent for precision drawing. I considered buying one of his pieces and may go back tomorrow to do so.

By the time we made our way as far as the Boulevard Inn (over an hour later) we were really hot, and tired, and thirsty. So, we went inside and took advantage of our "refreshment passes". It was nice to get a break from the heat and spend some time in the lovely air conditioned hotel. The refreshments consisted of cream of mushroom soup, Caesar salad, a warm chicken/pasta dish, and pitchers of ice water. We were joined by one of the artists who was exhibiting at the fair and we had a delightful conversation with her about the St Joseph area and the Krasl Art Fair.

After our light repast, we went back outside and resumed our meandering among the art booths. In just a short time we came upon the art of Gregg Billman and were drawn in by the subject matter (dogs) and the bold colors of his work.

The vibrant Doberman immediately caught our eye. The size was bigger than I would have liked and the price, well, fine art is never cheap. Lucky for us, there was a smaller proof size piece available for purchase. We just had to have it! Gregg showed us his selection of frames and we agreed to have the print mounted. He took care of that for us while we made our way further along the line of booths. When we got to the half way point, where Broad St. meets Lake Blvd, we turned back.

We returned to Gregg's booth and picked up our artwork before calling it a day. L and Jo also bought a piece of art, a kitten air brushed on silk, but I don't remember the name of the artist. We were all happy with our purchases and ready to make our way back to the condo. Three hours of walking the art fair was enough for us!

It was a wonderful day in St Joseph!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

At the Beach

Another glorious beach day! The sand is very hot on the feet so bring your thongs. The sky is cloudless so don't forget the sunscreen. The water is cool and refreshing... what are you waiting for? Come on down!

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