The arts are alive and well in Morgantown
Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 01:06
Hazel Ruby McQuain Park on the waterfront was transformed into the Arts Alive festival, celebrating many different types of arts this past weekend.
Vendors, tents and music filled the grassy areas surrounding the Rail to Trails near the amphitheater starting Friday evening.
Arts Alive welcomed many hometown musical acts including Keller Williams, Black Coffee and Shady Grove.
"Our acoustic set was a little different than the 123 Pleasant Street shows. Sunday was pretty laid-back and focused more on the lyrics of songs and setting the groove a little different," said Ryan Krofchek, lead singer and guitar player for Shady Grove.
Shady Grove is the acoustic side to the local band Fletcher’s Grove, who performed at Arts Alive last year.
"The hot weather didn’t bother me as much has the hangover I had the night before from the Super Jam and hanging out on the river all day. I think I can speak for everyone that was at the Super Jam and who came out the next day," Krofcheck said.
In addition to the music, Arts Alive also celebrated different types of physical activity.
Bliss Bliss Bliss, a local massage and yoga studio held several yoga classes Saturday.
"I taught a core strength vinyasa class, balancing postures were a bit more difficult as we were on uneven earth versus a beautiful hardwood floor," said Melita Mollohan, Bowenwork Practitioner and yoga teacher at Zen From Within. "It was definitely hot vinyasa by nature," said Mollohan about the hot weather on Saturday.
Adding a different twist to making a smoothie was Positive Spin and the blender bike, created by Positive Spin founder Nick Hein. Attendees of Arts Alive had an opportunity to have a smoothie made by the bicycle-powered blender.
Other beverage vendors included West Virginia wineries Vu Je De Vineyardsand Heston Farms, while food vendors include Jersey’s Subs, Chico’s Fat Burritos and Zul’s Lemonade.
"I think it’s great that there were so many local businesses and artists. It’s great to help spread the word about anything local. I wish there were more food options though," Mollohan said.
Arts Alive of Morgantown encourages West Virginia residents to keep the momentum going strong in and support FestivALL Charleston "A City Becomes A Work Of Art" June 15-24, which will include 10 days of performances, concerts and exhibits all over Charleston.