City Park is alive with art: Two day event draws big crowds
A favorite summer-time tradition in Alexandria for 43 years — Art in the Park — is showing no signs of slowing down.
Last weekend's event at Alexandria City Park once again drew big crowds. Organizers said the two-day turnout was comparable to past years' attendance of between 20,000 to 30,000.
"I think it went absolutely swimmingly," said Ann Hermes, executive director of the Andria Theatre that organizes the event as a fundraiser. "We weren't sure how things would go because this was the first year we were charging ($5) for parking, but once people found out it was a fundraiser to keep live theater going in town, they readily gave."
Many local families return year after year but Hermes is noticing a new trend.
"I saw a lot of young families there this year — that's always fun to see," she said.
Artists seemed happy with the event, especially the nice weather, which brought mild temperatures and lots of sunshine.
The Andria Theater was still crunching the numbers but Hermes said around $35,000 was raised.