Festival on Ponce offers gay artsy appeal

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Leave it to the gays to come up with a snappy slogan: “Stop, shop and stroll.” That’s the pitch of partners Patrick Dennis and Randall Fox, who continue their popular series of gay-inclusive arts festivals with the Festival on Ponce this weekend.

The event, which runs Saturday and Sunday, was launched last July, proving successful enough to bring it back not once in 2012, but twice – this weekend and again Sept. 15-16. It attracts visitors to the Druid Hills neighborhood and the expansive Olmsted Linear Park, which is enjoying its $10 million refurbishing.

Dennis and Fox, the founders of festival organizer the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, brought us up to speed about the event and why it should find a place on your Gay Agenda this weekend.

“We look forward to a colorful and unique experience for artists and the community by holding an arts festival in spring and again in fall,” Fox says in a prepared statement.

What can visitors expect?

They’ll enjoy fine art and crafts, a children’s area, Street Market and local food and beverage concessions including gourmet food trucks. This event is organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists to benefit the local community, including the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance and the Paideia School.

But I’ve got my income taxes to finish

Instead of moaning about taxes on April 14 and 15, we hope that neighbors and visitors will come see the extraordinary gardens of the Olmsted Linear Park and stay to peruse the 150 local artists who will take up residence there for the weekend. We are very proud that our local artists will be able to draw attention to both the historic parks and the Druid Hills community in a positive way.

Why Olmsted Park?

We were bowled over by how successful the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance has not only preserved the parks but enhanced them with their determination and talents. These beautiful parks have lovely trees and paths and great visibility from one of Atlanta’s truly historic avenues. This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate the vision and legacy of one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr.

Photo by Sher Pruitt

The Festival on Ponce is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. It’s just one of The Best Gay Things To Do in Atlanta This Weekend.


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