110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Oct 23, 2013 - 5:53:25pm
In April, hundreds flocked to Deleon Springs for the community's first art festival.
Now, the DeLeon Springs Community Association is planning a fall arts festival called "Autumn in the Oaks," set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, again among the trees on the historic Porter House property at 5030 North U.S. Highway 17.
Fittingly, the festival is also part of Viva Florida 500, a statewide celebration of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon's arrival on Florida's east coast.
Historians dispute the claim that the explorer actually visited DeLeon Springs in his search for the fountain of youth, but that won't stop locals from appearing as de Leon during the festival. The winner of the Ponce de Leon lookalike contest will collect a cool $500 prize.
The contest comes in addition to plein-air art demonstrations and the works of fine artists and crafters that will be on display, with some for sale.
Locally crafted soaps, jams, jellies, jewelry and other for-sale treasures may help with holiday shopping.
The festival will also feature jam sessions for all levels of musical talent at the "Old Tyme and Bluegrass Picker's Circle," Community Association secretary Amy Munizzi said.
Musical acts will include the Celery City Band, Awesome Possum, the Jackson Creek String Band, Colleen Pearson, Just in Time and Something Else.
Food trucks will be on hand, and a kids' zone will have entertainment and prizes for the young ones.
The festival is sponsored by Mainstreet Community Bank, Graphic Imagination, E.O. Painter Printing Co., Funky Trunk Treasures, Snell Motors, Allen Tractor Service, MHS Tack Shop, Vaughn Used Cars, and Wells Fargo.
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