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June 28, 2013 - 5:43pm

GO ART! presents the 35th Annual PICNIC IN THE PARK • Thursday, July 4th, 2013 • Centennial Park, Batavia. Noon – 5 p.m.! A daylong celebration of art & music. Free Fun for the Whole Family!!! 

Main Stage -- 12 Noon
Batavia Concert Band. Always a crowd favorite, BCB performs Sousa-esque marches & Big Band numbers. 

1 p.m. -- The Town Pants. Irish traditional, folk and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy "West Coast Celtic."

2:30 p.m. -- Trio Los Arpegios. Traditional Latin American music in the typical trio style of close vocal harmonies with guitar accompaniment.

4 p.m. -- The BossTones. Strongly grounded in old-time & bluegrass traditions, this fiddle trio also incorporates jazz, swing, & Celtic influences.

Explore Art!
Families are invited to join us for a FREE CREATIVE ACTIVITY at the Explore Art! Tent...decorate paper flowerpots & create paper flowers to be delivered to area nursing homes & hospitals. Also, try your hand at decorating white paper bags to be used in delivery of Meals on Wheels to senior citizens. Materials provided! AmeriCorps volunteer Beth Ely will help kids & adults alike to be creative. Face Painting will be available, too!

Kiddie Parade -- New this year! Bring your bikes, scooters or strollers…decorations will be provided! Decorating begins at 11 a.m.; Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. on Ellicott Avenue.

Stage II
12:30 p.m.  & 2 p.m. -- The Traveling Dress Up Theatre. Family friendly dress up storytelling... Unique and great fun for kids of all ages!

1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. -- The Stringmen. A delightful mix of folk & participatory music for kids of all ages. Doug Yeomans & Judd Sunshine bring over 30 years of experience to young people across Western NY.

All Day in the Park

  • Juggling by Brian Kozody & Owen Gould
  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides & Petting Zoo by Hartland Carriages
  • Miniature Golf by My Cowboy
  • “Cookie Songwriting” by Geoffrey Clough
  • Food Vendors & Nonprofit Organizations
  • Air Gym & Inflatable Obstacle Course by YMCA
  • Wildlife Educators Coalition
  • Recycling by Genesee County ARC
  • The Jaycees famous dog and burger stand!
  • Arts & Crafts Show & Sale

For more information: 585-343-9313 / [email protected] / www.GOart.org / www.facebook.com/geneseeorleansarts. This event is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.

July 3, 2012 - 4:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Centennial Park, picnic in the park.

Tomorrow is the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council’s 34th annual family event “Picnic in the Park.”

City crews were in Centennial Park this morning putting up stages and tents in preperation for the big summer party.

While rain is predicted for the morning, by the time the picnic starts, the skies should be clearing.

The Fourth of July festivities run from noon until 5 p.m. in the historic park at Richmond and Ellicott avenues in Batavia. As is tradition, the event is kicked off by the Batavia Concert Band performing on the Main Stage at noon.

This year’s Picnic in the Park includes all-day musical entertainment, arts and crafts show, folk arts programs, food vendors, children’s activities, and much more. Admission is free.

Please call GO ART! at 343-9313, email [email protected], or visit <http://www.goart.org> for more information.

May 1, 2012 - 12:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, picnic in the park.

The Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is seeking artists and crafters, food vendors, and nonprofit organizations to participate in the 34th annual Picnic in the Park celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

The event takes place in Centennial Park, Richmond and Ellicott avenues, in the City of Batavia.

Application forms can be downloaded from the GO ART! Web site at <http://www.GOart.org>, by email at [email protected], or by stopping by GO ART!, Seymour Place, 201 E. Main St., Batavia.

Artists and crafters are invited to exhibit and sell their work – which must be made by the artist/crafter – in the Arts and Crafts Show. The non-refundable entry fee per space is $35 for non-members and $30 for members if paid by June 1. After June 1st, the fee is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. If you refer a friend, and they participate as an artist or crafter in this year's show, you will be entered in a drawing to win a refund on your booth fee!

The non-refundable entry fee per booth for food vendors is $125 if paid by June 1. After June 1, the fee is $150. As is tradition, nonprofit organizations in Genesee and Orleans counties may participate free of charge. All vendors must supply their own tables, chairs, signs, canopy, and extensions cords. The deadline to submit applications is no later than June 29.

Picnic in the Park is a free daylong event featuring activities for families and children, folk art events, entertainment and refreshment stands. Picnic in the Park is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program.

For additional information, call the GO ART! office at 343-9313 or email [email protected].

July 5, 2011 - 3:41pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, books, local history, picnic in the park.

Abigail, age 7, showed us her cat-face Monday at GoArt!'s annual "Picnic in the Park." She had just been to the face-painting booth.

While I was there taking pictures, I ran into some, shall we say, figures of historical interest.

Jacob Richardson came dressed in the get up of a Revolutionary War soldier, complete with weapons and an old-fashioned belt (which soldiers needed to keep all their materials together, since their uniforms had no pockets).

Richardson was there to represent "Frontiersmen Camping Fellowship," a program of Batavia Assembly of God Church.

Also, a horse and carriage ride, just like the old days.

Also, Genesee County native Lynda Breckenridge Gaetano, author of the "Up South" series, was there to promote her books.

Gaetano now resides in Austin, Texas, but was raised on a dairy farm in Bethany. Her books are set in Genesee County and, all total, span a time frame ranging from the early 1800s, when pioneers first came to the "woody wilds" (as worded in a promotional pamphlet produced by the publisher, Blue Stocking Press) of Genesee County, up until the time of the World War II years.

They include a mixture of folk tales, real life stories and local history, all told from the perspective of a wizened sugar maple tree.

Gaetano has published her work in three volumes: "Spring," "Summer" and "Autumn." She hopes to publish the "Winter" volume soon.

July 5, 2011 - 1:01pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, picnic in the park.

Billie and I didn't get a chance to stop by Picnic in the Park at Centennial Park until later afternoon, but there was still plenty going on with live music, food and arts and crafts.

More pictures after the jump:

July 4, 2011 - 6:52pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, books, local history, picnic in the park.

Abigail, age seven, shows us her cat-face at GoArt!'s annual "Picnic in the Park." She had just been to the face painting booth.

While I was there taking pictures, I ran into Genesee County native Lynda Breckenridge Gaetano, author of the "Up-South series."

Gaetano now resides in Austin, TX, but was raised on a dairy farm in Bethany.

July 10, 2010 - 11:06am

Fraterrigo Family

Fraterrigo Family- Batavia Ramble

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe, You must be busy lately.
JOE: You guessed right. I feel like I have been on the run for the past week.
CALLIOPE: Tell me about it.
JOE: I told you about our upcoming activities. They all happened this week. First was the Ramble last Saturday with two stages of music going all day long. I tried to get people to add to our story “Ramble On..”  started by Joanne Beck, one of the reporters at the Daily News. Not too many people are interested in writing these days.
CALLIOPE: What else.
JOE: On Sunday, GO ART! held its Picnic in the Park. I was in charge of the Explore Art tent, introducing children to creative art efforts. That went better than the writing.
CALLIOPE: Is there more?
JOE: Indeed. On Thursday, I helped the Genesee Veterans Support Network award the prize for a Logo Contest which has been underway since May.
CALLIOPE: And now?
JOE: A little time to relax this weekend.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like you earned it.
JOE: I think so.  Later.

July 7, 2010 - 6:55pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, pictures, GoArt, picnic in the park.

GoArt!'s annual 4th of July "Picnic in the Park" got a pretty good turnout this year, with families and people of all ages coming over to enjoy the food, shows and activities.

For those who missed it, here are some photos:

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