Our view: Don’t let anything keep you from Fiesta

Skip Sensbach creates a clay pot at the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre's Public Square on Friday, May 19. 5/19/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader -

You can expect it to rain sometime in the next four days.

We say that with extreme confidence, and not just because the weather forecast calls for showers Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But because Wilkes-Barre’s Fine Arts Fiesta kicks off today, and it always seems to rain just a little bit during Fiesta week.

But don’t let a few rain drops deter you. Just carve some time out in the next four days to make your way to Public Square for what is surely one of the true gems of Wilkes-Barre.

The event has been an annual rite of spring in the Wyoming Valley for more than six decades.

The festival is a celebration of a “very vibrant art community” here in the Wilkes-Barre area, according to Mary Anne Fedrick, chairman of the board for the Fine Arts Fiesta.

“There’s so much diversity on the square for this event,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for people to get out, do something different and just enjoy the ambience of the art, the music, the smells and the sounds.”

There certainly is plenty to do.

There will be music.

Blues rockers Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen will perform. And Drew Baldridge will offer his country stylings, while the Elephants Dancing will bring reggae and rock fusion to downtown Wilkes-Barre. And there will be a host of school bands and choirs.

There will be food, including pizza, Caribbean delights, brisket and ribs and much, much more.

There will be plenty of activities for children.

There will be vendors offering everything from jewelry to art to brooms … yes, even brooms.

And, of course, there will be some of the best art area residents have to offer.

So set aside a little time – and perhaps an umbrella just in case – and head down to Public Square.

While we can’t promise you that you’ll stay dry, we can promise you an unforgettable time.

Skip Sensbach creates a clay pot at the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square on Friday, May 19. 5/19/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL052017fiesta2toned.jpgSkip Sensbach creates a clay pot at the Fine Arts Fiesta in Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square on Friday, May 19. 5/19/17. Sean McKeag | Times Leader