Friday, April 13, 2012
SOMETIME THIS WEEKEND HEAD OVER TO THE EXCITING DELRAY AFFAIR ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Stretching from Swinton Avenue to the Intracoastal Waterway, encompassing10 city blocks, the Delray Affair will be open starting at 10 am and Fridays and Saturdays to 6pm, Sunday to 5 pm along eastern Atlantic Avenue.
Eight hundred of the best artists, crafts persons and photographers from all over the US will be participating. Delicious foods will be available. The area will only be open to pedestrian traffic. Included will b 5 food courts, two beer and wine gardens, live music and strolling street performers. This is Delray’s BIGGEST PARTY, and this is the 50th anniversary of this annual event. Admission is free.
Ora Sorenson as selected as the artist for the commemorative poster. The landmark Colony Hotel is pictured with a stalk of pretty gladiolas. The festival evolved from the original Gladiolas Festival.
The Downtown Roundabout Shuttle will provide free round trip service 9 am to 8 pm on Atlantic Avenue from the Congress Avenue TriRail station to the Public Library, just west of the event. See map for parking garages.
Attendance may top 300,000 people, 66% of whom attended in past years. Forty-five percent are over age 54, 73% are Palm Beach County residents. The event generates $21MM in economic activity and has an advertising budget of $180,000, according to the Chamber of Commerce.