Where do I sign up?


The question, of course, is rhetorical. Mainly because you don’t have to sign up, but also because you shouldn’t even be asking it in the first place.

You should be on your way here already.

Though a bit chilly, the weather is going to be lovely this weekend. Even as I type this, the sun is peeking through the fog as it’s lifting from our mountains, exposing red and yellow tree tips. Even Mother Nature wants you to celebrate with us.

Jeff Baker and Nancy Heim have been long-time helpers in the organization of an art festival in St. Maries. This year's event, the ST. Maries ARts, Music and Brews Festival, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Aqua Park.

The St. Maries Council for the Arts presents one last community celebration before cold weather sets in.

The inaugural St. Maries Arts, Music and Brews Festival is Sunday, Sept. 29, at Aqua Park. The festival features art vendors, musical performances, food and brews. Art vendors include both local and regional artisans with handmade items ranging from jewelry, redneck wine glasses, children’s accessories, tie-dye creations, concrete yard art, wood work, handmade soaps, lotions and candles, stained glass, photography and pottery.

And the musical lineup is just as impressive, starting with a set from local graduate Ben Whipple, a young country/western songwriter from Harrison Flats. PJ Destiny and Bill Fletcher, two well known local musicians who have played music professionally for more than 30 years will follow. Next in the lineup is the Acuff Sherfey Duo, who comes from the Spokane area, followed by The Jam Band.

In addition to the art and music, there will be food and beverage vendors and a children’s art booth and a silent art auction.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We suggest you arrive early to, perhaps, check out some downtown shops and enjoy the scenery.

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