For 48 years Charlotte has made a name for itself exhibiting talented arts, crafts and food. (The best crab cake sandwich I ever ate – $8)
Grant Whitney was the Godfather and founder of this festival… a Belk executive for many years. He had a nurturing style and talked about it, his ‘prize’, on our radio shows on WBT in the 1970’s.
Freedom park is a big city park with a beautiful lake to provide the backdrop to this artists paradise. A variety of live entertainment makes it very family oriented.
I have a special fondness for the festival. My wife, Lucille was an accomplished artist and loved exhibiting her work at the Festival. She won the blue ribbon, Best in Show in 1974, for Charleston Flower Lady (above).
Another well known Charlotte artist, Jean Stromberg, painted the poster (above) that became a logo for Festival in the Park.
In 48 years most things change drastically or disappear. Not so with this gem. People’s fondness for art and creativity will always live on. Three days before Lucille died we picked up lunch at Price’s famous Chicken Coop and had a picnic at Freedom Park. Live your life to the fullest and don’t miss the passing parade.