TOWN OF LINDEN, TENNESSEE ROLLING OUT 8th ANNUAL BLOOMING ARTS FESTIVAL- CELEBRATION OF LOCAL FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS AND DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MAYOR JIM AZBILL
Come and indulge in some springtime fun at the 8th Annual Blooming Arts Festival! Back and better than ever, this highly anticipated event will feature a diverse and compelling mix of fine arts, local craftsmanship, engaging performances, and fantastic eats. One of the region’s earliest festivals, it is a perfect way to kick off the new season and celebrate the richness and vitality of Linden and Perry County. This year, the festival will be dedicated to the memory of Mayor Jim Azbill who passed away recently. The event, which Mayor Azbill launched in 2009, is now a celebration of a revitalized downtown, which has been featured in numerous media stories, as an example of vibrant and progressive rural economic development.
Set in the small, inviting town of Linden, Tennessee, the festival will be taking place over a two-day period: Friday, March 25th, 2016 from 12:00pm till 7:00pm and Saturday, March 26th, from 9:00am till 7:00pm. Attendance is free, and all members of the public are invited to attend this highly popular event.
Always expanding, the event is expected to host over 150 regional and local artisans and vendors. The exhibiters are known for their engaging fine arts as well as their standout craftsmanship, which ranges from quality woodwork to carefully crafted art glass and other fine crafts. These artisans and vendors will be showcasing their fine art and crafts in several interactive exhibitions, such as chainsaw carving, live dance performances, and painting exhibits. For the food lovers among us, local eateries and street vendors will offer ample opportunities for indulging in all types of savory cuisine.
Building upon last year’s memorable line-up, the festival will feature live music performances from locally-based and -bred performers across a spectrum of music genres, including acoustic, bluegrass, Southern gospel, country, and more. Native songwriter and recording star Whitney Duncan will be returning to her local roots and headlining this year’s performances with her band, Post Monroe.
The festival will also feature multiple events and venues for family-friendly entertainment, including activities for the kids, a Quilt Show to showcase our area’s artistic talent, and exhibitions of “homemade and handmade” goods that reflect local and regional culture. In short, the festival’s sure to offer something for every guest.
During Mayor Azbill’s 14 years of service the Town of Linden underwent a remarkable renaissance including rebuilt sidewalks, lighting and streetscape. Public art is abundant and music brings crowds on summer nights. The downtown Commodore Hotel has opened and expanded to now include several signature historical buildings and is now a regionally featured destination. Vacant stores have been purchased and reopened giving the town an eclectic retail base not seen in rural towns. The town is able to offer free Wi-Fi for staying connected as patrons enjoy the entertainment and attractions. Featured this year is a special exhibit highlighting the Mayor’s accomplishments is an artistically creative homage to a beloved public servant. His dedication and passion for his town will be remembered as will his signature red, white & blue suspenders and brimmed hat, and big smile, greeting “Hello there, where are you from?” to every out-of-towner he encountered.