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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.

Randy Drake