Englewood Art Festival highlights


ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Art Festival was held Saturday and Sunday in Centennial Park and was kicked off by the Festival 5K run Saturday at 8 a.m. followed by the parade at 9 a.m.

Chris Rowlands, singer, songwriter, painter, puppeteer and Outreach Naturalist with Aullwood Center and Farm, served as the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

Rowlands began his career as a naturalist in 1986 while enrolled in college with the National Audubon Expedition Institute. Within a few years, Rowlands became a nationally recognized performer, teaching children about nature through innovative outreach programs. A talented artist, he has also drawn animals in a variety of media his entire life and created wildlife illustrations for the Connecticut Wildlife Department. Rowlands has gone on to creatively blend his talents in music, art, comedy and education to create fast paced shows that teach and inspire young people.

In his current capacity as Outreach Naturalist at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, Rowlands brings his lessons about nature, art and conservation to more than 60,000 students, teachers and parents each year through public performances and in-school artistic residencies. He is currently working on a program related to bird migration flyways and the ways we can help.

A variety of musical acts kept the festival crowd entertained. Featured acts included the Northmont High School Marching Band, “Kip the Acoustic Pirate” (Kip Foster), David Mullikin, singer/songwriter, “Wright Brass” and “Systems Go” from the United State Air Force Band of Flight, vocalist Lauren Kelly, The Englewood Civic Band and “Rock It 88” performing the best from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Video of Rock It 88 performing.

As usual, a wide variety of artisan booths featuring homemade crafts, farm raised produce, honey, signs, decorative lawn ornaments and pictures, and much more were set up in the woods for attendees to browse and select items for purchase.

Food vendors provided plenty of selections for festival goers to feast on and the Biergarten served up adult beverages with a wide variety of domestic and imported brews.

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Antioch Shriners “clowning around” along the parade route.
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The American Legion Post 707 Color Guard helps leadoff the 2017 Festival Parade.
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The Northmont High School Color Guard and Marching Band.
http://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/08/web1_Parade8.jpgThe Northmont High School Color Guard and Marching Band. Photos by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Felonius Gru and his Minions pals.
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The Outhouse Springs Resort Possert Farm tractor.
http://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/08/web1_Parade5.jpgThe Outhouse Springs Resort Possert Farm tractor. Photos by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

The Englewood Civic Band performs along the parade route.
http://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/08/web1_Parade17.jpgThe Englewood Civic Band performs along the parade route. Photos by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Kids getting plenty of candy from the staff of Shiloh Springs Skilled Nursing Care & Rehabilitation.
http://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/08/web1_Parade24.jpgKids getting plenty of candy from the staff of Shiloh Springs Skilled Nursing Care & Rehabilitation. Photos by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

Local residents enjoying themselves strolling from one artisan booth to another in the woods at Centennial Park.
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One of the booths featuring slate plaques painted with colorful scenes.
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Wright Brass from the United State Air Force Band of Flight performs for the crowd Saturday in Centennial Park.
http://www.englewoodindependent.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2017/08/web1_Festival4.jpgWright Brass from the United State Air Force Band of Flight performs for the crowd Saturday in Centennial Park. Photos by Ron Nunnari / AIM Media Midwest

By Ron Nunnari

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