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Orange Street ArtsFest still on this weekend, rain or shine

The 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest will take place Memorial Day weekend, rain or shine. Over 80 vendors will set up booths on Orange Street between Front and 3rd Street on Saturday and Sunday

The 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest will take place this weekend on Orange Street between Front and 3rd Streets in downtown Wilmington. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Thalian Association Community Theatre)
The 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest will take place this weekend on Orange Street between Front and 3rd Streets in downtown Wilmington. (Port City Daily/Courtesy Thalian Association Community Theatre)

WILMINGTON—A little rain isn’t stopping the weekend-long, 2018 Orange Street ArtsFest.

On Saturday and Sunday, one block of Orange Street will be closed off to make way for 80 vendors during the 23rd annual festival.

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“Regardless of the weather forecast, we might have light showers but we do not anticipate a rainout,” Susan Habas said.

Habas is the director of the Thalian Association Community Theatre. 

From Front Street to 3rd Street in downtown Wilmington, vendors will be set up outdoors on May 26 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on May 27 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington, Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Thalian Association’s Youth Theatre Program have planned performances throughout the weekend-long ArtsFest at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center.

“This festival is so wondeful is because it’s quaint,” Habas said. “It’s exaclty the same way it was 23 years ago.”

This year, Snowie of the Carolinas and Poor Piggy’s BBQ will be parked alongside the artist’s booths. At the end of the festival, cash awards will be given out to top vendors.

A Luxury Rhine or Danube Cruise for two will be up for grabs, a vacation valued at $7,298. Presented by Viking River Cruises and AAA Travel Oleander, raffle tickets will be available at the ArtsFest for $20. A winner will be selected at a drawing on Aug. 30 at the Community Arts Center.

“It’s just a quiet, lovely festival that shows the best of the (Hannah Block) Community Arts Center and the visual artists that we have here in downtown Wilmington,” Habas said.

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