NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The county’s annual Art in the Arboretum festival is scheduled to take place mid-October and volunteers are needed to help with the three-day event.
Interested parties can sign up here and choose which areas they wish to volunteer. The county needs assistance with setting up and breaking down the the event, festival booth marking, artist check-in, parking lot attendants, gate monitors, ground walkers, and more.
Art in the Arboretum takes place every fall, with the 2023 event slated for Oct. 13-15. It kicks off Friday, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., with a ticketed evening showcase, Sip, Savor and Shop, to give visitors first dibs on artwork for sale. The event welcomes more than 75 artists to its 7-acres gardens to showcase original 2D and 3D works — metal sculptures, recycled garden art, driftwood furniture, photography, paintings, illustrations, jewelry and more.
Friday’s event is $35 and limited to 300 people. It also includes live music from El Jaye Johnson, wine and beer provided by Art Centered Catering, and desserts by The Friends of the Arboretum.
On Saturday, the event takes place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., with tickets costing $5; it’s free for Friends of the Arboretum members, children 12 and under, and military members with ID. Live music is planned throughout the weekend events with food trucks also parked on site.
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