Dancer Glen Michell takes to the stage at 10:45 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. at the Enderby Arts Festival Saturday.

Dancer Glen Michell takes to the stage at 10:45 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. at the Enderby Arts Festival Saturday.

Enderby festival promises to be entertaining

The 2012 Enderby Arts Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown Saturday

Enderby is the fun place to be on Saturday.

The 2012 Enderby Arts Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown, and the organizers, volunteers from the Enderby and District Arts Council, are promising a diverse collection of free entertainment.

“It will be a day of markets, music, magic and arts,” said organizing chairman Neil Fidler, adding

“The estimated attendance in 2011 exceeded 1,200.”

This year, the day begins with an Enderby Lion’s Club pancake breakfast on Belvedere Street from 7 to 10 a.m.

In Belvidere Park, Vernon’s Society for Creative Anachronism invites all to experience life 1,000 years ago at a medieval fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The green pavilions – one filled with garb for dressing up – will ring with the sounds of knights’ sword play, and dancing and medieval games by the Shuswap River.

In the pedestrians-only area of Cliff Avenue, the festival stage offers non-stop entertainment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting with fiddler Andrew Mercer and the Celtic band Cod Gone Wild.

The festival is anchored by the sixth annual artisans market and food court on Maud Street. It features the work of 45 artisans with offerings ranging from glass etching and hot sauces to tea and sculptural needle felting.

Merchants are encouraged to take to the street with displays of goods and services, and families can wander amid the display booths of non-profits, musicians, spinning and weaving demonstrations and infectiously happy Shriner clowns.

The clowns will be selling raffle tickets to raise funds for operation of the Care Cruiser Bus which picks up sick children and their caregivers in Enderby (and everywhere else in B.C.) to take them free of charge to hospitals and Ronald McDonald House.

Visitors can also head over to the Masonic Hall on Mill Avenue to see the results of the Snapshots and Shutterbugs photography competition.

The Shuswap Spinners and Weavers, FAB Fiber Arts Bootcamp and Runaway Moon Theatre will be on Cliff Avenue with demonstrations and teaching new skills to adults and children.

The festival also includes aboriginal culture with powwow dancing by Glen Michell and his sons Eric and Joe.

“Glen is a member of the Siska First Nation in Lytton and he will be wearing an outfit he made involving beadwork and a feathered head-dress,” said Alyson Witts, a festival organizer.

“Glen’s outfit and those of his sons will be on display at the Enderby Museum during the Enderby Art Walk, which forms part of the festival.”

There’s also face painting by Yvonne Boyd, who is coming from the Kootenays, two Feel the Rhythm drum circles facilitated by Jim Copemam, and live painting and music by Lake Country’s Nikki and James Balfour.

The festival sponsors are the B.C. Arts Council, the Enderby Credit Union, the Enderby Chamber of Commerce, Hungry Jack’s Cafe and the Enderby Care Society.

More information about the Enderby Arts Festival is available by calling 250-838-2274.