Dansville Dogwood Festival underway
Dansville’s 46th Annual Dogwood Festival runs through Sunday, May 20 with the theme “Gardenscapes as seen through the eyes of our youth.”
This year’s theme honors the sculptures created by Metal Trades students at the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.
The sculptures will be auctioned off on June 2 to benefit the American Red Cross. During the week, residents are encouraged to tour the 51 installations — most of which are located throughout the Main Street Business District.
The 37th Annual Used Book Sale started Monday at the Dansville Public Library – which currently has one of the metal sculptures on display.
The sale will take place from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (through Friday) and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The carnival, sponsored by the Dogwood Festival Committee, will open at 6 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.
In addition, there will be a variety of art, music, and craft-related events throughout the week.
At the end of the week, the community is invited to a “Concert in the Park” on Friday, 6 p.m. at the Williams Park Gazebo. The concert will feature Allan Howe and Friends with Rich Greene, Rich Preston, Gary Cummings, and Spanky Haschmann.
The Dansville High School is also open on Friday from 5-8 p.m for a K-12 art show.
The weekend will feature two craft shows on Saturday from 10 a.m-5 p.m. The events, which will be held in Church Park, are sponsored by the Loyal Club of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
On Saturday evening, Publick Musick will present “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” — featuring 200 years of music by black composers. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Additional educational opportunities are available throughout the week. The movie “Hero” will be shown at the Star Theatre on Tuesday as part of the Dogwood International Film Festival.
Paul Hoffman will also present “Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro February 2012” at the Dansville Public Library on Thursday.
Lastly, Saturday and Sunday will feature multiple one-day only events.
The Dogwood Festival Walk and Run will take place on Saturday at 9am. The Annual Chicken BBQ will also be held from 11am-6pm at the Masonic Temple on Elizabeth Street. The afternoon will feature an Alternative Health Fair from noon-4 p.m. at Every Body’s Yoga Studio (Main Street). Lastly, a combined Float & Firemen’s Parade will take place at 5 p.m.
The route includes South Main Street, Morey Avenue, and Babcock Park.
The festival concludes Sunday with a Fly-In Breakfast at the Dansville Municipal Airport and a 90-mile motorcycle ride. Participants will receive lunch, drink, and an ice cream stop. The ride benefits United Way of Livingston County.