News St. Joseph — 03 October 2013
In blissful weather, thousands gather for arts, music, food

Made-to-order autumn weather – warm but breezy – blessed the annual Millstream Arts Festival, which attracted thousands to downtown St. Joseph on Sept. 29.

For six hours, visitors strolled up and down the city’s main street and onto its side streets to enjoy dozens of exhibits of arts and crafts, a variety of live music and plenty of food from food vendors.

The arts and crafts included a mind-boggling variety of offerings: paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, plaques, photography, wood products, textiles and even handmade canoes.

Special features this year included a tribute exhibition to the late James Loso, a long-time St. Joseph potter who died a year ago, a series of nine paintings of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” in the St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Gathering Place and an open-mic session for readings of prose and poetry.

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During the Millstream Arts Festival in downtown St. Joseph, Paul Imholte entertains visitors by performing tunes on his dulcimer.

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Three friends relax above the street while listening to live music from a nearby band during the Millstream Arts Festival.

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A long line forms in front of a food booth serving Greek gyro pocket sandwiches. On a beautiful early-autumn day, the Millstream Arts Festival in downtown St. Joseph attracted thousands of people who sauntered down main street to enjoy art works, music and food.

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Festival-goers sit down for a bite to eat at one of the many lunch tables set up on the streets during the Millstream Arts Festival in St. Joseph. A fine autumn day, warm with a breeze, was perfect for all who attended.

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A hula-hoop dancer named “Scarlette” performs for visitors at the Millstream Arts Festival.

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Handmade canoes intrigue passersby at the “Zapf Legacy Canoes” booth at the Millstream Arts Festival.

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A couple ponders a painting at one of the many art booths set up on main street during the annual Millstream Arts Festival in St. Joseph.

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Festival-goers casually wander, checking out arts and crafts on the east end of main street during the annual St. Joseph Millstream Arts Festival.

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Sam Satter and his babysitter, Amber Kien, both of St. Cloud, take a bouncy break at the Millstream Arts Festival in St. Joseph.

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A “honey” named Ellie Studer gets ready for a snooze next to jars of honey at the Millstream Arts Festival in St. Joseph. Ellie is the daughter of Chris and Esther Studer of Becker. She is the granddaughter of Darol and Ellie Studer, long-time St. Joseph residents who were also at the festival.

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A goofy, whimsical creature amuses visitors at the Millstream Arts Festival. The chrome-and-steel sculpture was one of many created ingeniously from vehicle scraps that were on display at the Millstream Arts Festival Sept. 29 in St. Joseph.

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Paula Hanson of Gilman adjusts a lampshade at “Grapewood Classics,” one of the many art booths at the Millstream Arts Festival in St. Joseph. Hanson and her husband started the carved-grapewood business years ago, and her daughter has recently taken it over.

 

 

 

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Dennis Dalman
Dennis Dalman

News@TheNewsleaders.com Editor I was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). I studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where I concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. I have been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.

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