Friday, September 11, 2015

Art and Apples Festival: A Weekend Event for Everyone

The Art and Apples Festival in Rochester, Michigan is an amazing experience encompassing artists’ booths, food, and entertainment.
  • Friday, September 11th, 4--7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12th, 9 a.m.--7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 13th, 9 a.m.--4 p.m. 
  •  A $5 donation is suggested
Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 2013

Many artist festivals are held all over the country, but what makes this event special is the setting: Rochester Municipal Park (off Ludlow and University), a 30-acre park with a creek, trees, trails, beach (albeit tiny), flowers, play scapes, tennis courts, sand volley ball, and even a pond with swans. 

It’s a little bit of paradise. 


It’s the kind of place where the ducks will interact with you.

It's serene.

 It's inviting. (On one visit for a stroll in the park,
I saw a little Yorkie playing with deer.)

There is something for the very young and for the very young at heart at the Art and Apples Festival. Artists showcase and sell their unique works: jewelry, ceramics, paintings, clothing, accessories, and mixed media. If you’re the creative type, you'll gain inspiration for your next project. Art activities are also available for you to participate in, so you don't have to just be a spectator. 

Oh, and the “Apples” in Art and Apples is for apple pies--homemade apple pies. The Older Person’s Commission will be selling apple pies Saturday from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: 1 for $15 or 2 for $25. Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels.

I recommend you park in the Rochester High School parking lot on Walton Boulevard and Livernois and take the shuttle bus to the festival. The parking lots around the Rochester Municipal Park are quite small. You can also park in the new parking structures in downtown Rochester (on Walnut and University and on East and Fourth). Then walk through downtown Rochester to the festival.

The Art and Apples Festival is an amazing event in a unique storybook setting. You'll be glad you made the effort.

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