This weekend was the "Burlingame on Burlingame Ave." event and a chance to get out, mingle with some locals and see a lot of visitors getting exposed to the new Avenue streetscape. The whining about how the new streetscape would be too narrow to host the event and it would have to stay on Howard like last year turned out to be just that--whining. There was more than enough room and the restaurants appreciated the event's return.
The general impression was the there was more actual arts & crafts this year which is ironic since it is no longer called ArtzFest. I had a chance to chat with one of the guys who started the original Art in the Park back in 1967. Local Neil Dobson was relaying how he and Carter Church were BHS students when they had the original idea to do the event as a BHS art exhibit. They enlisted their art teacher, Mr. Van, to get permission from the City Council to hold the event. Apparently, after much back and forth on the dais, Mr. Van had to berate the council--including Vic Mangini and Bud Harrison (both of whom had deep BHS ties) to approve the event. Once approved, Neil and Carter set it up and slept in front of BHS overnight between day one and two to guard the art. Just another fun B'game story. Here are some shots from today including the Living Statue guy who was popular and the band Group Therapy from B'game that played both days. If you missed it, you missed out.