Saturday, September 24, 2016

5th Annual Hooked On Art 9/24/16

The Chesterton Annual Hooked On Art was upon us once again. This had to be the most fun, relaxing, joyful outdoor event I have ever been to. I cannot tell you why exactly. It was just in the air.

I arrived around 11:00 am and by chance found a parking spot very close to the West end of the festival. As soon as I got out of the car, I heard an accordion playing music what I would call "from the old country". It was very uplifting and enjoyable. 

As I photographed the gentlemen posed and smiled as he played through the song. He came up to me and gave me his flyer, asking (in what seemed broken English, though I do not hear to well these days) if I would help spread the word for him. His smile and courtesy was heartfelt. Of course, this is what I do, help spread the word. His name is Steve Kowalczyk. He advertises ballroom dance music; Walz, Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, Samba, Polka, Mazurka, and Tarantella. Some 290 songs. All of the information was written on on a standard size paper with a score from Santa Lucia on the flyer. I really did like his accordion music. You can contact him at, or call him at 219.210.2738.

Here are some photos of the festival for you to enjoy!

Chalk art on the road! This is why I come to this festival. I become energized watching all who participate in this.

This was a scene that was funny. As I stood and looked around, I saw the dog in the photo below quickly approach the lady sitting and eating. Apparently he sniffed the food a mile away and had to come to her. It was obvious the dog owned it's human, who just followed the dog's gesture unknowingly. The lady was kind and gave the dog some of her food. A piece of bacon I think. Okay, bacon, I think the dog was right to walk up to her.

There were a number of dogs here. All sizes, breeds, age, and not one bark from any of them. The vibe was in the air, enjoy!!!

I watched this young girl in the photo below get involved with the art on the street. She was serious in her task, and felt the need to stand up for a break and clean her hands before doing anything else.

Is she painting the colors, or is the shadow breaking out into color? (Photo below.)

What I was happy about was all of the children events going on. The children looked like they felt in charge of their creations, which they should. Understand, this was all serious work.

I was very impressed with this artist of water colors at the Green Beetle Shop. You can catch him July 30th at the Rensselaer "Rock The Arts", or check out his website by clicking "here".

Found my friend Tony Cortina playing on the side stage . . . one of the nicest guys (besides me) that you will ever meet.

The 5th Annual Hooked On Art
109 Broadway Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304

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