From Michel Dumont, TN Arts Commission Member and Blooming Arts Festival Director Emeritus –
For the quaint town of Linden in rural West Tennessee, the Blooming Arts Festival March 22-23, 2019 is a spring party, which kicks-off the state’s spring festival season. The event features more than 150 arts, crafts, and food vendors, and popular regional and local musicians, creating one of Tennessee’s best hometown celebrations. Located between Jackson and Nashville just south of I-40, the celebration takes over the beautifully revitalized downtown, lined with new sidewalks, landscaping, lampposts and restored architecture.
Linden Mayor Wess Ward is proud to show off his authentic Southern town, noting “People are always surprised at how much this town has to offer. A lot of effort has gone into our revitalization and the festival is a great opportunity to discover the history and beauty of this area.”
The crown jewel event of this small town, the Blooming Arts Festival captures the spirit of spring by highlighting some of the region’s best arts and crafts mediums.
The festival will be highlighted by exhibitions of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculpture and photography. Crafts-lovers from all over are sure to be delighted with handmade stained glass, leatherwork, jewelry, glass, furniture, fiber, quilting and numerous other displays of creativity. This not-to-be-missed spring party also offers the always-popular Kids-Zone, complete with rides and many fun activities.
And what party would be complete without what Tennessee is perhaps best-known for – great music, which will be happening at the main stage on the Courthouse Square. Festival food will be provided in separate food courts, while local downtown restaurants will remain open.
While the exhibitors draw thousands to the quaint downtown, it is a perfect time for tourists to journey to the festival to witness the striking beauty of the revitalized downtown itself. Quaint shops, local restaurants and the historic Commodore Hotel & Music Café are a highlight for all visitors.“Something for everyone” is an understatement.