As the first of its kind, The Art and Soul Festival, set up by the Main Street Wilmington Organization, hit off Saturday September 16th with a bang! Over 40 different kinds of vendors showed up to sell their wares, along with a few local food trucks. They showed off some cool art handcrafted by local artists, shared their work with the local people of Wilmington, and most importantly fed the people!
If you couldn’t make it, sorry about your luck. However, according to WC’s own Chip Murdock, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Angela Mitchell, Professor of Business Administration – and practically everyone else involved – there are high hopes of continuing the festival every year.
There are high hopes of continuing the Art and Soul Festival every year, according to Chip Murdock and Angela Mitchell.
Some of the vendors you could’ve run into ranged from Drunken Aunt Wendy’s Designs of plush handcrafted crochet pop culture icons, to the Angels Awaiting Maternity home whose mission is to provide a homeless, single, pregnant woman a safe shelter for her pregnancy, and they are always looking for volunteers!
Chip Murdock was the head honcho in charge of organizing the bands to play at the street festival. He was able to arrange six performers to play from noon to four, including himself.
Murdock says, “I had a blast planning the event, everyone got along and had a great time too.”
And Oh boy did you miss a great concert when Chip was on the drums, make sure to at some point in your college experience to see Chip play the drums live!
Make sure to ask Ms. Standforth about some of her canvas art she showcased at the festival as well!
Angela Mitchell was also a key player in securing the vendors. She wanted to make it affordable for the artists and craft vendors to be able to show off their skills and bring more culture to the community. She has been an integral part of Main Street Wilmington and is making sure to plan even better events in the future.
Overall the festival went off without a hitch and hopefully there are many more better and exciting versions of the festival to come!