It’s been nearly a decade since its booths graced the city, but the Bellaire Arts and Crafts Festival was not forgotten. And now it’s being revived by the city’s Culture & Arts Board, which is sponsoring the event from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9 at Evelyn’s Park, along with the park conservancy.
Artists and craftspeople have until Sept. 15 to submit an application. They will be notified later this month whether they have been accepted after being reviewed by a jury. Ten-by-10-foot spaces cost $125 without electrical power and $150 with power. Participants are expected to provide their own tents/canopies, tables or displays, and chairs.
First held in Paseo Park in 1972, the festival — which was sponsored by the now defunct Bellaire/Southwest Chamber of Commerce — moved to Bellaire Town Square before dwindling and disappearing. It was a source of family fun with art, handmade crafts, foodstuffs and snacks (funnel cakes, sausage on a stick and lemonade among the offerings in the glory days), caricature artists, and visits from Bellaire first responders and their endlessly fascinating vehicles.
Queries about the festival can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.