Festival to honor late artist

by Dave on September 13, 2010

With the summer of 2010 now squarely in the rear-view mirror, it’s time for Sussex County’s fall festival season to kick into high gear. Punkin Chunkin, Return Day, Apple Scrapple, the Sea Witch Festival and others are all coming up soon – each is a good time in its own way.

Adding to this year’s schedule, however, is a first-time event at Vines Creek Nursery in Frankford that is being held in memory of local artist Kathy Brown, who passed away earlier this year after a bout with cancer.

Brown’s unique artwork will be for sale at the event with all proceeds donated to Indian River High School’s art department, where Brown worked as a mathematics teacher for many years.

“I lost my good friend in April and there isn’t a day that’s gone since that she hasn’t been in my thoughts and prayers,” says Barbara Burns, who is organizing what she hopes will become an annual event. “Kathy loved life, she loved her job and she loved the kids who she taught. And she was also passionate about her artwork, which shines through in every piece she’s ever created.”

The Vines Creek Fall Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 18, at the nursery on James Lowe Lane in Frankford. In addition to Brown’s artwork, the nursery’s selection of fall mums, winter pansies, pumpkins, baled straw and much more will also be on display. There will also be many craft vendors on-site, ranging from basket weavers to stained glass artisans to photographers, and even an Origami expert.

“This should be a lot of fun and we certainly hope the public will come out and join us for this special day,” says Burns. “Vines Creek Nursery is just a beautiful place to spend a Saturday in the fall; stop by and see what I mean this weekend.”

In addition to the fun and games, and many other vendors, local author James Diehl will also be on hand signing copies of his two books “Remembering Sussex County; from Zwaanendael to King Chicken,” and “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware.”

“I’m really looking forward to this unique festival. I’ve known Barbara for some time now and I know how much her friend meant to her; this is a very special way of honoring her memory,” says Diehl. “This should be a lot of fun and I hope to see everyone there.”

Vines Creek Nursery’s is becoming known as Delamarva’s best-kept secret gardens, a place of unique beauty and serenity. The nursery’s inaugural fall festival is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9-3. For more information on this family-friendly event, call 302-732-6832.

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