Annual Art Fair
The Old Town Art Fair is held annually in June. It is one of America’s oldest art fairs, getting its start in 1950. During its first eight years, the general public was welcome to submit art, and thus the fair included amateur as well as professional pieces. In 1958 a committee was formed to regulate submissions, and a jury was given the task of choosing a balanced mix of art in all genres and mediums and to raise the standards by which art was accepted into the fair.
At the fair, the work of over 250 artists is on display, in all mediums including drawing, painting, photography and more. The art is chosen by a jury made up of artists, gallery owners and even museum curators. The Art Fair also includes live musical performances. Other highlights include a Garden Walk, a tour of the historic neighborhood and a children’s activity area.
The suggested donation is $5.00 and all proceeds benefit local youth groups, schools and neighborhood preservation projects. It is produced by the Old Town Triangle Association and involves the help of over 700 volunteers from the neighborhood. The Art Fair is held rain or shine.
Shopping in Old Town is a unique experience; the majority of shops in this neighborhood are boutiques rather than well-known chain stores. Therefore, each and every store is cozy, intimate and filled with one-of-a-kind goods.
For apparel, try Sara Jane, Etre, Occhiali and Vagabonds; all of these are boutique-style shops with beautiful clothing for women and men. Shoppers are given personal attention and the atmosphere in these shops is peaceful, giving a new dimension to the idea of retail therapy.
Old Town offers stores for house and home as well; in addition to a branch of the popular Pier 1 Imports, there are smaller shops such as Design Source, Inc., Calico Corners and Modern Home Furnishings.
There are several specialty shops as well in Old Town; for handmade paper and cards, try Pulp & Ink or Eco Fields. For music and books, try Barbara’s Bookstore. One of the local favorites is The Spice House. A world of heady aromas, this shop sells hand-selected and hand-prepared spices that range from everyday American, Cajun and barbecue spices to truly exotic seasonings from Greece, Turkey, Scandinavia and even Thailand.