The 41st Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers, will commemorate two special birthdays. In 2015, Sequoia National Park turns 125 and neighboring Kings Canyon turns 75.
The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, at its new venue, the Three Rivers Memorial Building.
Sequoia Natural History Association
Sequoia Natural History Association will be on-hand all weekend with park information and lore. Children and adults will be captivated by SNHA’s living history performers, dressed in time-period garb and telling stories about the fascinating history of the local parks and the pioneers who first explored these areas. Performances are at 1 p.m. daily.
SNHA invites Redbud Festival guests to visit early. The first 100 visitors to the SNHA booth each day will receive a tote bag loaded with great information about Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks and upcoming events.
Recently, Pro-Youth HEART, a countywide afterschool youth program, bussed Tulare County children into Sequoia National Park to experience its wonders. The result is an exhibit of photos and thoughts on what the local national park means to them.
National park rangers will be on-site to share their knowledge of Sequoia National Park with visitors as they view the photo exhibit. The exhibit debuts next door at Harrison Hall (Community Presbyterian Church) and is open both days of the Redbud Festival.
Redbud Festival visitors will be the first to see this exhibit. After the Redbud Festival, it will hit the road, traveling to national parks around the U.S.
The Arts Alliance of Three Rivers challenged quilters to celebrate their memories of the parks by creating colorful art quilts with Sequoia or Kings Canyon themes. Quilt artists took the challenge and their imaginative works will be shown inside the Memorial Building.
Arts and crafts remain the cornerstone of the Redbud Festival. Thirty-five painters, potters, photographers, woodworkers, fabric artists, jewelers, metal artists, weavers, authors, and others will have their creations on display in booths indoors and out. Many artists from past years are returning, but there are a number of new ones coming too.
Live music will fill the air. Performances take place throughout the event.
A new standard was set last year with the delicious gourmet food created by the culinary artists of the Three Rivers Bread Basket. The Redbud Cafe will be open throughout the event with sumptuous salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Enjoy a delectable meal and support the Three Rivers Bread Basket food pantry.
Art activities for children return this year. Kids will celebrate nature by creating colorful sun prints of local foliage on the Memorial Building patio.
Everyone loves an opportunity to win a prize, and everyone who buys a ticket for the raffle supporting the Jonnum-Young Scholarship Fund for aspiring artists is a winner. A chance to win one of four fantastic prize packages is $2.
Among the prizes are beautiful handcrafted quilts, a night at a bed-and-breakfast, dinner at The Gateway Restaurant, season tickets for the 2015-2016 Center Stage Strings concert series, and more. Every ticket also entitles the purchaser to a free drink and chips from Sierra Subs & Salads with a sandwich purchase. Tickets are being sold in advance by Arts Alliance members and at the Redbud Festival.
The drawing will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Winners need not be present.
The Redbud Festival is part of 1st Saturday in Three Rivers, which is a celebration of food, fun, and fantastic art all around town. Maps of open studios and 1st Saturday special events and discounts are available at Anne Lang’s Emporium or Three Rivers Historical Museum.
Karen Kimball is the treasurer of the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers. Information: artsalliancethreerivers.org.