This weekend marks the 11th anniversary of the Carmel
International Arts Festival in Carmel, Indiana.
For starters, here's a hint: Get there before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning if you want to see the Chinese Dragon Troup in parade formation. It's a highlight.
When this festival began I remember buying a beautiful sweatshirt that had the festival's logo on it and sure enough when I wore it through Midway Airport, I got numerous questions about Clint Eastwood, Sony Bono and what other famous people did I see around town?
Sorry, that's the other Carmel. Pronounced differently with more water.
In fact, for a FREE festival that has come from nothing but a brainchild, this gathering is a great way to spend a Fall Indiana afternoon. With hundreds of
vendors exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, jewelry, photography, 3D, wood, sculpture, pottery and more, it's a remarkably full art event. The Indianapolis area has Penrod which takes place on the grounds of the
Indianapolis Museum of
Art around Labor Day but for $15 to $20 a pop for admission, frankly it's gotten expensive. If you want a day of wandering booths, galleries
and stores with no pressure, great art, food and people watching, take a trip this weekend to the corner of Main Street and Rangeline in Carmel, INDIANA. While there may not be sand or famous celebrities (unless you count Sony Bono from BEECH GROVE), you will find a totally relaxing way to spend your time and possibly
diminish that credit line a bit.