We participated in the Cedar City Fine Arts Festival, which is in conjunction with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. What a trip! I couldn’t believe how much it had changed since I had worked at the festival.
Let me give you a little background. In 1965 I was a student at Cedar City High School. The local college, College of Southern Utah, (now SUU) was tiny, with only a few buildings. Their theater professor, Fred Adams, had a vision for the college, a vision that he sold to the administrators. He envisioned theater in the round for Shakespearean plays. And then he set about to make it a reality. I was lucky enough to work the festival hawking horehound candy. It was magical.
As we began setting up for the festival, the magic took hold once more. The campus has grown, but kept its old-world mystic. The buildings look like they were erected in the 18th Century and they are surrounded by flower gardens, walkways and grass.
For two days we were captives of the Art Festival. That’s how it works. But I love the interaction with the other vendors and the attendees. And we were so fortunate to sell some major pieces. Hooray!
If you want a magical adventure, book tickets to the Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah. It has grown since its humble beginnings to world-class productions, with actors from across the United States and around the world. Check them out at http://www.bard.org/.
Here are a couple of pictures from the festival. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time. Best of all was the walk through the campus and a trip down “memory lane.”