2012-07-21 / News

Lancaster Festival runs through July 28

By Scott Rawdon


Italian Street Painting kicked off the Lancaster Festival on July 18. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. Italian Street Painting kicked off the Lancaster Festival on July 18. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon. LANCASTER – Alex Borgan of Sugar Grove found a shady spot on Lancaster’s Fountain Square area to draw and “angel cat” with chalk on the square’s sidewalk.

“I really enjoy doing it every year,” she said, adding that she’s dedicating her drawing to a friend of her mother’s who passed away. Borgan regularly participates in “Italian Street Painting,” one of the favorite events of the annual Lancaster Festival, which runs through July 28. Although Wednesday morning was hot, Borgan said last year she drew in direct sunlight, so this year actually felt cooler.

Stacie Ventura of Carroll was in direct sunlight, but that was fine for her. “It’s fun to have people appreciate the art,” she said. “It feels good.” This was the fourth year Ventura has displayed her sidewalk art. “It very much is worth (being in the heat), to see people happy,” she said.

According to discoverohio.com, this is the 28th season for the Lancaster Music and Arts Festival featuring the Lancaster Festival Orchestra. Highlights include Saturday Pops Concerts with swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, July 21; and country/pop music star LeAnn Rimes, July 28. Fireworks follow each performance. Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction performs July 25.

Indoor and outdoor venues are used to present 70 artists and events during the festival’s ten days, most with free admission. Churches, parks, fairgrounds, city streets, campus venues, historic buildings and the local mall are just some of the locations where the arts are presented to the community. A full schedule of events can be found at www.lancasterfestival.org.

The Festival Brass Quintet performs a free concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, at the Liberty Union High School Auditorium in Baltimore.

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