This weekend downtown Lakeland offers a little something for everyone — if by “everyone” you mean those who love zombies and art and if by “downtown” you include Dixieland.
This zombie is from Toronto, but local zombies from Rae’s Retro Mannequin and Modeling will perform Thriller, and Rocky Horror’s “Time Warp” tonight during First Friday. The performances begin at 7pm on South Kentucky Avenue. If previous Rae’s Retro performances are any indication, you’ll want to get there early to find an unobstructed view. (In other words, it gets crowded.)
Elsewhere during First Friday find: Cedar Street: PlatformART open free to the pubic. Platform 14 was a big hit last Saturday. Tonight, see most of the artwork for free. Entrance is across from the Main Street lot Cedar Street entrance.
There will be poetry readings and an art reception at Mitchells Coffee House from 6 – 8 pm, and between Bay St and Pine St along Kentucky Ave local artists will exhibit their works. If you think you can dance, then join with the dancers from Sapphires Dance Studio at the corner of Pine and Kentucky.
Saturday 10 am to 4pm is the Artisan’s Market on McDonald St. This First Saturday event started in 2008 as a cooperative venture of the artists, artisan’s and shop owners on McDonald. The event is now sponsored by Yia Yia’s Beads and Gifts and is open to local artists no matter their home base.
Diane Horn, the events coordinator for Yia Yia’s, wrote that “The vision of the monthly show was to provide a fun, unique place to shop for customers and a consistent, inexpensive venue for local artists to showcase their talent and build a customer base.”
Some of those who have participated include: Amy Bland – lamp work glass, Sarah Margeson – silversmith and jewelry artist, Amy Dearie – hand stamped art, cards and décor; Diane Horn – pottery and jewelry, Cathy Hayes – handmade soaps, Trish Gerstman – glass fusing and jewelry artist, and Renee Stone – handmade scarves.
“The market is not usually theme driven but artisans are encouraged to be creative with their displays and products as they pertain to holidays surrounding the events. A customer could expect to find pottery, jewelry, paintings, lamp work glass, fused glass, photography, stamped art, handmade home décor, scarves etc. depending on the artisans showing at that particular market,” wrote Horn.
Customers are encouraged to park across the street from Yia Yia’s, along McDonald Street, and at surrounding businesses that are closed Saturdays.
Zombie photo credit: Sam Javanrouh