Spring Arts Festival just two months away

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By The Staff

April 24-25 doesn’t seem too far away for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee and the event coordinator, Mandy Cassiano. 

“Everything is coming together well and Mandy is doing a great job” says Bev Ringenberg, president of the Cedar Key Arts Center (CKAC), which has taken over the role of coordinating sponsor for the first time. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) is happy to announce Drummond Community Bank and Palms Medical Group as its 2010 Title Sponsors.  Drummond Bank has been a valued supporter of the annual spring arts festival for many years, however, this year’s decision by Drummond bank branch president, Heath Davis, to take on a title sponsor role demonstrates the bank’s commitment to the community and their belief that Cedar Key’s reputation is further enhanced by the fine arts festival.  Trenton Medical Center, Inc., soon to be Palms Medical Group, made its commitment as a title sponsor to endorse our Spring Arts Festival while also promoting their new name. As of April, all seven medical facilities operated by Trenton Medical Center, Inc. in Levy, Gilchrist, Suwannee and Alachua counties, will begin working under the business name Palms Medical Group. The festival committee is also pleased to announce support from Rainbow RV Campground, The Island Hotel, John Cook-Attorney, Old Fenimore Mill, Philip Freeman, John McPherson, The Old Fish House Café, CK Women’s Club, Dog Island Blues Clam Co., CK Keyhole, Capital City Bank, Island Arts, and last but not least, the CK Lion’s Club who have graciously agreed to support the cost of the festival tent at City Park for the third year in a row. In addition to the tent sponsorship, the Lion’s Club has also asked the OFCA and CKAC to take over operations at City Park which include the non-profit food vendors.  With their encouragement and support, the entire festival will now be under one umbrella, which will be less confusing to volunteers, vendors, and visitors alike.  The OFCA agreed with the Lions that the food venue should operate as it does during Cedar Key’s CLAMerica festival every July 4. Tickets will be sold at a single location and a 10 percent commission is kept by the sponsoring organization to help underwrite festival costs. These changes benefit vendors by eliminating the need for money handlers and having to keep individual banks at each booth. During the next month, the OFCA Committee will be reaching out to local groups and individuals to solicit volunteers. There are a wide variety of ways to help with this event including setup/take down, being a block captain, and/or assisting at the artist’s reception in the CKAC sculpture garden Saturday evening.   If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have an in-kind donation to contribute, please contact Mandy Cassiano at cedarkeyarts@bellsouth.net or 543-5400.