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The 35th annual Afton Art in the Park will be Saturday and Sunday Sept. 28-29 in Town Square Park. The even will feature 90 art and food vendors, live music, yoga and art activities. Bulletin file photo.

'Lovely way to spend a day' in Afton this weekend

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'Lovely way to spend a day' in Afton this weekend
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Art will be back in the park later this month.

The 35th annual Afton Art in the Park, sponsored by the Afton Area Business Association, will be Sept. 28-29 in Afton's Town Square Park.

"We have a great array of artists this year," said Deb Larson, co-organizer of the event. "We are pretty excited about the people we have this year."

This year's event will feature roughly 90 art vendors including jewelry, ceramics, pottery, bird houses, paintings and photographers.

Other vendors will also feature massages and food and drink mix samples.

"We have some returning favorites," Larson said, "but it's always good to invite new people to participate in the show."

Some new vendors this year, Larson said, will feature refurbished art in a variety of mediums.

"People in general like to recycle now and reuse things," she said. "They see the value in something that has been around awhile.

"It's something that caught on when you can see how many beautiful things you can make out of an old fence. Plus, people like to have a piece of history in their home."

Art in the Park will also feature a number of food vendors including specialty coffee, Philly cheese steak, specialty sausage, Chinese food, Greek food, chocolate chip cookies, mini donuts, berry kabobs, kettle corn and a beer garden.

The event will also feature a variety of entertainment for adults and children alike.

There will be live music by Kenzie Joy, Amy and Adams, and Patchouli both days. Arthur Murray Dance School will offer salsa and swing lessons on Saturday at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, there will be a tent where children can create art projects, with a nature influence, as well as an adult paint-and-take wine glass craft at the Old School Art Studio.

One new offering this year will be yoga in the park, which will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. in Town Square Park.

"Art and yoga really kind of go together," Larson said. "They're both spiritual and a way to express yourself. Plus, the park is the perfect place to do yoga."

Larson said she is hoping for a good turnout at this year's event.

"Every year it gets bigger and bigger," she said. "The most appealing thing will always be the artwork because it's a wonderful way to see an array of artwork in one spot. It's a lovely way to spend a day."

Afton Art in the Park will be Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit

Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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