Venetian centerpiece of busy August
August 11, 2010 | 08:58 AM
|ART, BOOKS ON DISPLAY THIS WEEKEND
While Venetian Festival is the biggest event of the summer, Art in the Park and the Lake Geneva Library book sale could be considered a warm-up.
This weekend, the Geneva Lake Art Association will hold its 30th annual Art in the Park exhibit, which will be in Flatiron Park for the first time.
Art in the Park is a juried art show spotlighting original works of fine art including painting, photography, pottery, graphics, sculptures and jewelry. It offers visitors a chance to view and discuss work with the artists.
More than 80 artists throughout the U.S. will display their works on the lakefront.
This year's event also will feature a silent auction in which 64 exhibitors have donated pieces for the event. Each day, more than 30 items will be auctioned off. Some of those items include a sterling silver pendant, giclee prints, wood sculpture, pottery, candlesticks and a variety of other art and handcrafted jewelry.
There also is live entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Tom Stansfield will perform from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Dolce Consonant Choir, flue ensemble under the direction of Pam Kundert will perform from 1 to 2 p.m.
On Sunday, the Flute Lady, Su Ash Gustafson, will perform from noon to 1 p.m. and the Geneva Strings, a quartet under the direction of Kundert, will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available from Scout troop No. 239 and the kids activity tent also will be available. The GLAA member's exhibit tent will feature a Geneva Lake Conservancy poster by Deborah Newton.
That's not the only thing that will be displayed this weekend.
The Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library will hold their 19th annual book sale on Saturday and Sunday. The event on Saturday is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the east end of Library Park.
Paperback books will be sold for 50 cents each and hardcover books for $1. DVDs, videos and CDs also will be available for $1. Rare editions or signed copies of books are in separate categories and are priced according to their value. Funds raised from the event make special projects possible, including youth and adult programming, online books clubs, new books, CDs and DVDs for the library collection.
Life magazines also will be available for purchase as part of the ongoing sale. The collection of more than 700 magazines covers the years 1936 to 1972 and 1978 to 2000, but is not comprehensive. The standard price for those issues is $10 each.
The book sale is sponsored by the Friends and is managed solely by volunteers who devote their time to receive, sort and sell books for the event.|
The biggest annual event in Lake Geneva is celebrating its 48th year as Venetian Festival kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 18, and finishes with a boom Sunday Aug. 22.
Maintaining its stature as the longest running outdoor celebration in the city, the event is set again for the shore of Geneva Lake in Flatiron Park with additional activities in Seminary and Library parks. Sponsored by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, the five-day festival features a carnival, craft fair, live music, water ski show, a lighted boat parade and fireworks display.
"Families from all over Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois have been visiting Lake Geneva for years to take part in the fun and excitement that the festival brings to town," said Matt Stinebrink, Venetian Festival chairman. "Each year we see more and more visitors enjoying the music, carnival, boat parade, fireworks and the many attractions the Lake Geneva area has to offer. And we're anticipating greater attendance this year due to the cancellation of Chicago's Venetian Festival."
The event opens Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. It's wristband night and the beer and entertainment tent open at 6 p.m. Dot Dot Dot will take the stage from 9 to 11:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Saddlebrook will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight, and it is another wristband discount night from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, The Toys will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.
The festival is open all day Saturday and Sunday along with the Arts and Craft Fair in Library Park.
Entertainment Saturday includes a Baggo Tournament from noon to 4 p.m. The band Chasing Amy will perform from noon to 3 p.m. and the Love Monkeys will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. There also will be wristband discount rides from 5 to 10 p.m.
Sunday is the finale. The Wonder Lake Ski show will be at 6 p.m. The lighted boat parade starts at about dusk followed by the fireworks, which will be shot from a barge on the lake. Petty Thieves will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.
For Stinebrink and the other members of the Jaycees, it's about making the event memorable.
"Seeing the thousands of smiling faces lining the Geneva Lake shoreline makes all the hard work an afterthought," Stinebrink said.
Food from various local organizations, including Lions Club corn and teriyaki from the American Legion also will be available. The event also serves as fundraisers for those organizations.
The Jaycees founded the festival in 1962 and it now draws an estimated 50,000 during the five days as visitors from all across the country attend.
The event is the Jaycees' biggest fundraiser of the year. Net profits from the event, mainly the entertainment tent and carnival, are given back to local community organizations. Among those benefiting are the Lake Geneva Police and Fire departments, YMCA, Badger High School scholarships, Cub Scouts, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Beat the Heat, VIP Services, Special Olympics Dream Team, Adult Special Olympics, WC Food Pantry, Lake Geneva Food Pantry, SMILES and the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol.
The Lake Geneva Jaycees were founded in 1962 and is a group for people between the ages of 18 and 40. Members of the Jaycees are provided tools needed to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management and skills, individual training, community service and international connections.
The purpose of the Lake Geneva Jaycees is to become a force in the community, determining community needs and providing solutions by planning and facilitating community service projects. In the act of serving, members receive hands on experience, which translates to personal growth and the development of leadership skills.
Log onto www.lakegenevajaycee.org for more information about the Jaycees and Venetian Festival.