BY BARBARA M. TOBIAS –
The third annual Ouachita Arts Celebration is coming on Saturday, November 5, and it is going to bigger and better than ever.
There will around 20 artists’ booths in the street. Building on the success of the first two street festivals, we will be closing an additional block of Mena Street to accommodate a large group of pre-war automobiles. These cars will be on display showing the tremendous handwork that went into them. Vintage Tin Restoration of Mena is helping organize this addition to our festival.
This year we’ll have many children’s activities with demonstrations and hands-on creative things for the family. Watch Tommy Young’s birds flying and have your photo made with them. There will be martial arts demonstrations, flint knapping (arrow head making), native American drumming, live music, belly dancing and all the stores will be open. American Artisans and the Skyline will once again be serving food.
The Mena Art Gallery will host artist demonstrations and the annual Christmas Show will be in place for shopping. Actors from the Ouachita Little Theater will be in costume on the streets as well as local school choirs performing in the businesses.
This event highlights local schools, businesses, non-profits, RMCC, City of Mena, antique stores, restaurants and many artists from the community for an unusual day of fun.
For those of you who want to really be a part of this, artist booth applications are available from the Mena Art Gallery or on the website, www.MenaArtGallery.org. Spaces are $35 plus $10 for electricity. Or call 479-394-3880.