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Teaming up to tackle the festival

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By Bev Ringenberg

Special to the Beacon

With the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival just two months away, coordinators are excited to announce a broadened cooperative arrangement between the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Arts Center (CKAC). 

The CKAC, through its Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) Working Committee, will continue to be the Coordinating Sponsor for the event, but now the Lions Club will be responsible for all park activities including non-profit food and information vendors, music, tent and waste station – functioning as a subcommittee of the working committee.

Over the past five years, since the CKAC accepted the city’s request to take over coordination of the Spring Arts Festival, the OFCA Committee has been responsible for both the artist venue and the park venue. Although the Lions Club had continued to lend financial support to the festival through grants each year, they were not responsible for all park activities, as has been their role at the Annual Seafood Festival.

Booth groups are dedicated to assuring that the non-profit school, church and service groups in Cedar Key benefit from the park sales and it was agreed that having the Lions Club coordinate park activities at both festivals might reduce variation and confusion between the two events.  City officials agree and are pleased that the Arts Center and Lions Club have identified a way to work together each year to coordinate the Spring Arts Festival.

Other 2014 OFCA sponsors include: Title Sponsor ñ Palms Medical Group (for the fifth year); Prize Award Sponsors ñ Island Hotel, Old Fenimore Mill, Nature Coast Realty and CKAC; Mural Co-sponsor ñ Norm D. Fugate, PA; Supporting Sponsors ñ Capital City Bank (ribbons), Drummond Bank (reception beverages); Keyhole Artist Coop (postcards); Island Arts (posters) and generous Gifts-In-Kind: Tonyís and The Market (Saturday and Sunday artists breakfasts), Cedar Key Canvas (artist bags), Bill Kilborn (graphic support), TV20 (Gainesville) and WEDU (Tampa).