The colorful banners beckoning through the trees in Coeur d’Alene’s shady Fort Sherman Park this weekend are worth following.
They’ll pull you into a merry marketplace where music seduces you to stay and top craftsmanship persuades you to spend.
Few weekends are more festive in Coeur d’Alene than the one that starts today. In its 27 years, Art on the Green has perfected the recipe for mixing performance and visual arts, business and pleasure.
Crafters from throughout the Northwest fill 125 booths with pottery, jewelry, glasswork, leather, candles, wood carvings, garments, paintings, photographs, toys and more. Items range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars and are often one-of-a-kind.
The north and south stages offer a respite for the wallet and for tired feet. Even Ed Sullivan couldn’t book the variety of performers volunteer Mary Dee Dodge has.
The free performances start at noon today with children from art workshops and continue throughout the day with the Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre, the Coeur d’Alene Youth Symphony, jazz, a Peruvian pan pipe group and big band-era swing.
Saturday and Sunday action on the stages starts at 10 a.m. and jumps from baroque recorders to the rocking African rhythms of the Coeur d’Alene Marimba Band.
The Lakota Sioux dance group headlines the festival this year, with its main performance at 8 p.m. Saturday. Its 15 dancers perform before a backdrop of video imagery and are accompanied by traditional, sacred and courting songs.
Art on the Green spotlights visual artists in a juried show under an enormous white canopy. The show attracts oil paintings, watercolors, photographs and sculptures from all over the nation.
For those who want to create on their own, Art on the Green offers ArtSpace. Children and adults may paint, sculpt clay or turn gourds into works of art - and it’s free. Volunteers cleaned 800 gourds for the weekend artists.
There is no admission charge to the festival, but bring plenty of money for shopping and food. German sausages heaped with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese are an Art on the Green specialty. But sandwiches, chicken, hot dogs, cornon-the-cob and ice cream also are available.
North Idaho College, which surrounds the park, offers plenty of free parking and quick access to cars throughout the day. Go in shorts and sunscreen, but keep a sweater and blanket in the car for evening activities.
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MEMO: These sidebars appeared with the story: Art on the Green Location and time: Fort Sherman Park, Coeur d’Alene; today, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Art: 125 artists selling pottery, jewelry, glasswork, leather, candles, wood carvings, paintings, photographs and more. “Clothesline” displays original artwork matted and framed on sale for $5 to $35. Food: German sausages with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, sandwiches, chicken, hot dogs, cornon-the-cob and ice cream. Admission: Free Phone: (208) 667-9346 Schedule Here is a schedule of events for Art on the Green this weekend in Coeur d’Alene. Friday: NORTH STAGE ArtShop, children’s art in motion, noon. Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre, performance for children, 3 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Youth Symphony, strings, 4 p.m. Kind of Blue, jazz, 5 p.m. Alex Bedini, jazz, 6 p.m. Sukay, Peruvian pan pipe, 7 p.m. Barrel House Gang, Big Band swing, 8:30 p.m. SOUTH STAGE ArtShop, children’s art, noon. Oregon Puppet Theatre, 4 p.m. Tim McNeil, magician, 5 p.m. Marcia and Patsy, folk, 6 p.m. Saturday: NORTH STAGE Creative Impact, dance, 9:30 a.m. First Step Dance, dance, 10 a.m. Wildwood Recorders, Baroque & Beyond, 11 a.m. CdA Marimba, marimba, noon. Jazz Bari Jamm, jazz, 1:30 p.m. Westwind Quintet, wind, 3 p.m. Silver Spurs, international youth folk dance, 4 p.m. The Festival Jazz Ensemble, jazz, 5:15 p.m. Robert Bluestone, classical guitar, 6:30 p.m. Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre, dance, 8 p.m. SOUTH STAGE Acoustic Music Guild, acoustic, 10 a.m. Sukay, Peruvian pan pipe, 11 a.m. Creative Impact, dance, noon. Lakota Sioux Lecture/Demonstration, 1 p.m. Tim McNeil, magician, 2 p.m. Songtree, Baroque ballads, 3 p.m. Rodney Frey, storytelling, 4 p.m. Acoustic Music Guild, acoustic, 5 p.m. Wild Roses, folk, 6 p.m. Sunday: NORTH STAGE Octuba, tuba octet, 10 a.m. B&B; Percussion Duo, percussion, 11 a.m. Total Experience Gospel Choir, noon. Occasional String Band, bluegrass, 1:30 p.m. Malidoma Drummers & Dancers, African dance, 2:30 p.m. CdA Youth Symphony, 3:30 p.m. SOUTH STAGE Brett Baragia, magic, 9:30 a.m. Martha’s Children’s Drama Workshop, theater, 1 p.m. Chris Cook, yo-yo, 2 p.m. Acoustic Music Guild, acoustic, 4 p.m.