Published: 12:01 am, Sun. Oct. 25th, 2015Updated: 11:49 pm
TO THE EDITOR:
I agree with the letter written by Ms. Sanchez in which she expressed her disappointment in Art in the Park – and not just because of the food vendor decision.
My wife and I enjoyed this annual event very much when we resided in Artesia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The quality of the merchandise was excellent for a small-town event and the festival atmosphere was equally impressive.
I was in town last weekend visiting old friends and was happy to hear my trip was coinciding with Art in the Park. Boy – is it not like it used to be!
It seemed a good deal smaller than I recall and there did not seem to be much in the way of variety. Simply put: The artisan faction was missing. I do not mean to say there is no room for homespun crafting but apart from a jewelry vendor or two, that unique, artistic element was absent.
Also, the only food vendor proffering anything other than a quick snack was out of food.
I was told there had been a “changing of the guard.” I have no intention of belittling anyone’s efforts, but it might be worth requesting advice from those who did so very well in the past – to bring the art back to an event that was this year a shadow of itself.