Memorial Day Weekend has once again come and gone. The indicator that summer is officially underway and with that the ArtSpring Festival is over. It was a weekend full of amazing community togetherness, fantastic music, great art, and a celebration of Tucker County that will not soon be forgotten. Kicking off with the silent auction party Friday night, the community piled into the Opera House and were able to see all of the incredible pieces donated from throughout the community. They eventually headed upstairs to the original theater to enjoy the sweet tunes brought to us by Triptych, Stephanie Nilles, and Thomas Deakin. They were able to provide a rousing start to the weekend by taking us back in time with their sound. It was the perfect way to begin this beloved festival.
Saturday started off at the Davis Firehall and was packed full of uniquely talented vendors who were sharing their stuff with the public. There were a variety of hands on art projects that kids and adults alike could enjoy- from lantern making to found art painting- there was a little something for everyone. Musicians from around the area provided the perfect soundtrack for the day. From tourists to locals, the people who visited were treated to all of the best parts of Tucker County in one go. There were unique happenings going on all over the county- from nature hikes to historical tours around the community- people were able to experience things more than just the art. Saturdayended like every ArtSpring Saturday with one of Thomas’s most beloved Art Walks. Everyone dressed to impress and walked along Front Street taking in all of the new exhibits that debuted that day. Each gallery featured talented artists that truly added something special to Thomas. Later that evening the town favorite- Driftwood performed at the Purple Fiddle for a packed house. People who weren’t even in the Fiddle could be found dancing in the streets to the amazing music. It was an evening that truly solidified the foundation of this community.
The last day of ArtSpring was just as good as Saturday. The handmade art was again in full force. Local musicians were performing to anyone who would listen. Hikes and more opportunities for hands-on activities were happening all over Tucker County. As ArtSpring came to a close the community wrapped up the festival activities with the lantern parade. Kids, adults, locals, and tourists all alike met up at the Opera House with the lanterns they made during the weekend and paraded down Front Street behind a giant duck with the sound of kazoos and drums serenading them along the way. Business owners stood outside of their shops cheering everyone on and saying the official goodbye to yet another ArtSpring Festival. Memorial Day Weekend is truly a magical one here in Thomas. It is a time where the entire community and people from the outside come to celebrate our town and the surrounding areas. It is the few days that we are truly able to highlight all of the talent and camaraderie found in our small town. Though the festival just ended, we cannot wait until next year! A massive thank you to the ArtSpring board for yet again planning such an incredible event year after year.