Falling hard for the Arts


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@championcarolinas.com



American Legion Post 52 Commander Jimmy “Bones” Wilson, left, Richard Meyers, second left, Andy Wyatt, center, Sam Gillespie, second right, and Bob Elliot, right.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Andrew Petronius was looking snazzy representing A. Smith Clothiers in Easley.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

“We were all here and set up early but I don’t think the first people really showed up until closer to nine,” said Amity Buckner of Pickens County First Steps. “But it seems like a good turnout, we’ve had a lot of families stop by for books.”


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Kids attending the arts and crafts show were entertained with the toy bow and arrows crafted by Fargo, Minn., native Jim Varton.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

In all, Fall for the Arts packed out the square with artists, dancers and musicians, including Piedmont native Ashland Craft who appeared as a contestant on the popular reality television singing show The Voice.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Cooling down on a hot afternoon at the festival.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Baby Cora was enjoying her time out with Mom, Grace.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The event marked the closing of a — by all accounts — successful 2018 season for the Farmer’s Market in downtown Easley.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Lynn Giguere and Vivian Perry were selling crafts to help send a mission trip to Ethiopia.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Carson and Asher had the best seats in the house along with dad, Dustin.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The annual Fall for the Arts celebration in Old Market Square drew big crowds on Saturday, despite the threat of rain.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

EASLEY — The annual Fall for the Arts celebration in Old Market Square drew big crowds on Saturday, despite the threat of rain.

“We were all here and set up early but I don’t think the first people really showed up until closer to nine,” said Amity Buckner of Pickens County First Steps. “But it seems like a good turnout, we’ve had a lot of families stop by for books.”

First Steps was handing out educational information for parents and popular children’s books for kids, including Pete the Cat — a favorite among little ones, she said.

“It’s a cute story, Pete is getting ready to go to school and he doens’t know what to wear — everyone’s telling him to wear certain clothes,” Buckner explained. “But in the end, he decides to wear what he likes and he realizes he’s been cool all along.”

Just down the row a bit, kids attending the arts and crafts show were entertained further with the toy bow and arrows crafted by Fargo, Minn., native Jim Varton.

“I used to drive semi-trucks before I stopped to do this full time,” Varton said. “And believe it or not, it all came from a school Show and Tell.”

Varton said he constructed the cloth tipped arrows for the school presentation and by the end of the day had requests from half the teachers to make them for their kids.

“It was crazy, but I just said OK,” he said. “So, that’s what I do now — I travel around to these fairs and shows and sell my toys.”

In all, Fall for the Arts packed out the square with artists, dancers and musicians, including Piedmont native Ashland Craft who appeared as a contestant on the popular reality television singing show The Voice.

And if you missed it, wow. Because according to this reporter, (whose not even a country music fan,) that girl can sing.

The event marked the closing of a — by all accounts — successful 2018 season for the Farmer’s Market in downtown Easley.

The Market will return next Spring in its usual spot in front of City Hall.

American Legion Post 52 Commander Jimmy “Bones” Wilson, left, Richard Meyers, second left, Andy Wyatt, center, Sam Gillespie, second right, and Bob Elliot, right.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_029.jpgAmerican Legion Post 52 Commander Jimmy “Bones” Wilson, left, Richard Meyers, second left, Andy Wyatt, center, Sam Gillespie, second right, and Bob Elliot, right. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Andrew Petronius was looking snazzy representing A. Smith Clothiers in Easley.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_035.jpgAndrew Petronius was looking snazzy representing A. Smith Clothiers in Easley. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

“We were all here and set up early but I don’t think the first people really showed up until closer to nine,” said Amity Buckner of Pickens County First Steps. “But it seems like a good turnout, we’ve had a lot of families stop by for books.”
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_042.jpg“We were all here and set up early but I don’t think the first people really showed up until closer to nine,” said Amity Buckner of Pickens County First Steps. “But it seems like a good turnout, we’ve had a lot of families stop by for books.” Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Kids attending the arts and crafts show were entertained with the toy bow and arrows crafted by Fargo, Minn., native Jim Varton.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_045.jpgKids attending the arts and crafts show were entertained with the toy bow and arrows crafted by Fargo, Minn., native Jim Varton. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

In all, Fall for the Arts packed out the square with artists, dancers and musicians, including Piedmont native Ashland Craft who appeared as a contestant on the popular reality television singing show The Voice.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_058.jpgIn all, Fall for the Arts packed out the square with artists, dancers and musicians, including Piedmont native Ashland Craft who appeared as a contestant on the popular reality television singing show The Voice. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Cooling down on a hot afternoon at the festival.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_090.jpgCooling down on a hot afternoon at the festival. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Baby Cora was enjoying her time out with Mom, Grace.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_096.jpgBaby Cora was enjoying her time out with Mom, Grace. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The event marked the closing of a — by all accounts — successful 2018 season for the Farmer’s Market in downtown Easley.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_135.jpgThe event marked the closing of a — by all accounts — successful 2018 season for the Farmer’s Market in downtown Easley. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Lynn Giguere and Vivian Perry were selling crafts to help send a mission trip to Ethiopia.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_138.jpgLynn Giguere and Vivian Perry were selling crafts to help send a mission trip to Ethiopia. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Carson and Asher had the best seats in the house along with dad, Dustin.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_142.jpgCarson and Asher had the best seats in the house along with dad, Dustin. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The annual Fall for the Arts celebration in Old Market Square drew big crowds on Saturday, despite the threat of rain.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_158.jpgThe annual Fall for the Arts celebration in Old Market Square drew big crowds on Saturday, despite the threat of rain. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@championcarolinas.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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