OAC: A Fun Day in Mena

Vintage Tin

Vintage Tin

On Saturday morning at 10 am, the gates opened and the people (from Mena, from Texas, and all around) began streaming into the two blocks closed to traffic in the Downtown Arts District in Mena. This was a win-win day for everyone: artists were selling their work; the people here got to hear the music not only from talented and established musicians but from the young people from the Mena High School Choir; there were crafts and face painting for children; the Vintage Tin car show was the star of the show. And that’s just a small sampling of what was going on.
The Skyline Café was so busy that you had to take a number and come back later for breakfast; American Artisans fed what seemed like everyone in town with their wonderful chicken pot pies; the Mena Art Gallery helped to fill lots of Christmas stockings for the holidays; and Tommy Young helped many people understand more about birds of prey with a great horned owl, a peregrine falcon, an American kestrel, and a couple of hawks.
If you didn’t manage to make it for this year’s Ouachita Arts Celebration, mark your calendar right now for the 2017 version: it will be Saturday, November 4, 2017. And I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that next year will be even bigger and better.

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