Culture, heritage and music were celebrated Saturday in Woodstock’s Victoria Park.
A relatively new festival in the city, Art in Victoria Park started in 2017 showcasing local artisans and entertainment.
“We wanted something a little different,” said Brad Janssen, Woodstock Communications and Special Events Manager, who set it up as a Canada 150 signature celebration.
“We thought we’d celebrate the arts, the culture that we enjoy in this town. We have so many fabulous heritage buildings, so we partnered with the museum, the art gallery, and the Oxford Historical Society.”
Victoria Park, formerly used as a fairgrounds and only a couple blocks north of Dundas Street, was a natural choice for their celebration of heritage, art and culture.
Recognizing an appetite for that type of celebration, Janssen approached City Council about a second Art in the Park.
“Last year it was on Labour Day weekend,” he noted, “because that’s when Pavlo was available. He’s back again this year with a bigger show – a very easy gentleman to work with, user friendly, and a fabulous entertainer. So we hit the road running and I moved it up to July 21st to gain more daylight for the tear-down and to get a little better weather. So it worked out well.