Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
I’m not sure if there’s a festival that’s more unique to a community than the Chatham County Arts Council’s ClydeFEST at the Bynum community ball field. Described as a “kid’s carnival of folk art fun”, the celebration of local outsider artist Clyde Jones and his “critters” grows larger each year. The festival is a signature event for Chatham County Arts Council and they’ve scheduled the 13th annual festival date for Saturday, April 5th.
Mr. Jones’ colorful and whimsical hybrid creature creations certainly draw visitors to the event (and his works can be found at folk art fests across our state, as well as in the permanent collection at American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland). A variety of available hands-on art activities keep kids engaged and completely immersed in the arts experience (whether they realize it or not). Live music and entertainment, along with food vendors round out the festivities. Mr. Jones himself is quite the attraction, often seen driving his purple-painted riding lawnmower around the grounds as he greets people. In short, ClydeFEST is a really fun afternoon for the whole family down Bynum way.