Friday, May 3, 2013

Totally Texas -- Cottonwood Fest springs anew

Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival

Cottonwood Park

1321 W. Belt Line Rd. (between Coit & Waterview)


The view out my window as I wrote this was a cold spitting rain. Now it’s sunny and the Weather Channel forecasts temperatures for this weekend in the sixties to seventies -- great weather for the spring session of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival this Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

My family has attended Cottonwood happily even in the rain, and even if the breezes are still chilly, a brisk walk in the park should get things warmed up. Cottonwood Park, that is. Or get out of the wind under tents with the art, sip something warming in the Lakeside Courtyard while listening to day long music by local entertainers. And bring treats for the park lake’s fearless ducks and geese, who gobble treats no matter what the weather.

With more than 240 juried artists exhibiting, there’s something for everyone to like. The boys are partial to giant animal sculptures, preferably moving ones. Most of the art is on the east side of the lake. Across the bridge to the west is the ArtStop children’s area, with arts and crafts activities for children, including a chance to sculpt clay on a potter’s wheel.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Music is 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10:40 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Although admission and parking are free, you will need money for food, drinks, some children’s activities, and of course, art. Vendors generally take credit cards.  ATMs are available at nearby shopping centers. Park on side streets or behind Cottonwood (where the playground is always open). Best parking is early in the morning, but whether you come early or late, you’ll do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.

More information, entertainment schedule and list of participating artists, see


Also this weekend -- Sunday’s A Peep at the Coops tour of urban chicken keepers. Maps of tour sites are available for $5 at Stonewall Garden, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, 5828 East Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. Tour proceeds benefit the school’s learning garden. For information, including tips on chicken etiquette, see

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