Where better than smack-dab in the middle of Bedford’s cultural district to celebrate art, music and culture? Bring the family and join the celebration at ArtsFest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.
“I am excited about continuing to expand the arts and culture in the city of Bedford. Artsfest is a wonderful event that brings our community together with exciting new artists, entertainment and unique food,” writes Mayor Jim Griffin.
“This year we have the added benefit of bringing together two family events, the Easter egg hunt and Artsfest. My wife and I look forward to taking part in growing this cultural event.”
Families can conveniently participate in the egg hunt and continue over to ArtsFest for free entertainment and activities. “ArtsFest is a single-day event that adds vibrancy to Mid-Cities by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts of North Texas,” writes Jeff Florey, Bedford’s events and cultural coordinator.
Festivalgoers can satisfy big appetites at a variety of food trucks and enjoy craft beers, wine, musical entertainers and a tremendous selection of juried art during their visit at the historic Boys Ranch Park. Shoppers who love unique finds will not be disappointed as they stroll among exhibits in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace.
Live entertainment throughout the day on the main stage features Gladys and Maybelle, Redwine and Roses, the Michael Lee Band and headliner act Brave Combo.
“The emerging cultural district and events such as [ArtsFest] have a groundswell of support and are contributing to building a vibrant sense of community in Bedford,” writes Councilman Ray Champney.
The festival is produced jointly by the city, the Bedford Cultural Commission, Arts Council Northeast, Trinity Arts Guild and H-E-B schools. Admission is free. For information, contact Florey at 817-952-2317. Details at www.bedfordtx.gov/artsfest.
Karaoke sing-along to raise money for a good cause
Have some karaoke fun on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. as the Chick-fil-A store at 460 Grapevine Highway hosts an event that aims to raise money for the DBA Foundation.
After learning about 6-year-old Hallie Bea of Denton who suffers with a rare blood disorder called diamond blackfan anemia, or DBA, the restaurant wanted to help the family create awareness about the disease and raise money to help find a cure.
They decided to have a karaoke event — Sing Away DBA — and enlisted the services of David Moore with DM Productions for the party.
According to Chick-fil-A spokeswoman Elizabeth Copeland, “Hallie’s bone marrow fails to produce essential red blood cells and she is alive today because of steroids and regular blood transfusions. The only cure for DBA is a bone marrow transplant. With less than 800 children diagnosed with DBA, research is largely funded through fundraising by parents, family and friends.”
“The idea is similar to the ice bucket challenge where we are hoping people will sing a song, post it on social media and challenge friends to sing a song on social media and/or donate to the DBA Foundation,” said Copeland.
Chick-fil-A will donate 20 percent of all sales between 4 and 9 p.m. that day to the DBA Foundation, and the bone marrow donation organization Be the Match will also be on site for a bone marrow registration drive. Learn more about DBA at dbafoundation.org.
Contact Copeland with any questions at 817-371-2994.