Celebrate Earth Day with crafts

Published 5:33 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2017

If one would like the chance to shop, eat and spend some time outside Saturday, then look no further than the place in Nederland with the ducks.

The Nederland Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 22 at Doornbos Park.

“We have a lot planned,” Angela Fanette, parks and recreation director, said.

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Among the various activities planned for the day, she listed arts & crafts, food, games, a petting zoo and a cornucopia of local vendors for visitors to see.

“For one, we will have a petting zoo by Pappy’s Ponies and Party Rentals,” she said. “They’re really fun, and the kids really enjoy it.”

In addition, kids will get the opportunity to practice their green thumb at the park.

“MCT Credit Union is going to donate some supplies with planting in the park,” Fanette said. “Saturday is Earth Day, and we’re taking advantage of that with the park.”

There will be small potted plants given to children to plant.

“There will be a number of different seeds available,” Fanette said. “Everyone will have the opportunity to plant. By 11 (a.m.), we should have it ready.”

Opportunities to express one’s inner artist would also be available, according to Fanette.

“There will be some painting in the park,” she said. “We’ll have some pallets out there for our young artists; some canvases they could put their creations on.”

Fanette said the children would be able to take their works of art home with them.

“We have a number of different vendors — metal work, art, jewelry, you name it. We even have someone who does preserves,” Fanette said. “We have a big variety, a lot of different types of things for people to peruse and shop.”

Fanette estimated that around 30 vendors have signed up so far for the event; though, she anticipated more vendors would sign up before the end of the week.

“We will be accepting vendors until Friday at noon,” she said. “We encourage them to join us.”

Fanette also commented on the nearness of a certain mother-centric date coming up soon.

“I’m just saying, Mother’s Day is right around the corner,” she said. “This might be a good time for people to come out and get some shopping done.”

Fanette said jewelry makers would be out at the park if attendees wanted something unique to give to their mothers.

“We’ll have crafters on hand. Not only will they be able to show you what they have there, but they’ll be able to help you if you want to order something specifically.”

In addition, by sheer chance and good coincidence, this year’s Art in the Park will coincide with Earth Day.

“We like to encourage folks to come out and be outside,” Fanette said. “We always encourage people to be out in the park. We’re just fortunate to offer the program on the same day as Earth Day.”