110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Apr 25, 2013 - 10:48:52am
Weather, trees, artists, cooks, musicians and organizers all worked together to make a perfect day in DeLeon Springs April 13.
Despite a weather forecast calling for rain, not a drop fell on the first annual Art Among the Trees Festival. Attendance numbered in the hundreds. And, it was just warm enough to enjoy sitting or strolling among the trees, checking out the art, eating, listening to bluegrass or doing one's own picking along with the musicians.
Contest winners are:
• Ruth Sapp of Paisley, who won best of show and $50 for her stained-glass work
• Les Camp of DeLand, who won first place in crafts and $25 with his woodwork
• Nancy Skinner of Orange City, who won first place in art and $25 for her oil painting on glass.
DeLeon Springs was a winner, too. Members of the DeLeon Springs Community Association teamed up with their bush hogs, Bobcats, chainsaws and axes to clear growth and thin trees a bit on the grounds at the Porter House at 5030 N. U.S. Highway 17, so the grounds could be used for the festival.
Having the work done means the grounds can be used for future festivals, including a planned fall festival and another arts festival in the spring of 2014.
Also, DeLeon Springs is partnering with Pierson for a Fourth of July celebration, Community Association Secretary Amy Munizzi, chief organizer of the arts festival, said.
Munizzi said the arts festival could not have happened without the hard work of Community Association members and other volunteers, along with Volusia County Sheriff's deputies and members of Citizens on Patrol, who directed traffic and parking.
Read more about the upcoming Fourth of July celebration in future editions of The Beacon.
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