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Cary cancels Lazy Daze arts festival

Posted August 25, 2011

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— The chance of strong winds from Hurricane Irene has prompted the Town of Cary to cancel its annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend.

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our artists, entertainers, guests, volunteers and workers,” the festival's coordinator, Joy Ennis, said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

The event will not be rescheduled, she said, because participants have already committed to other events for the year.

Next year's Lazy Daze is scheduled for Aug. 25.

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  • chimichanga504 Aug 26, 2011

    I was a performer at last year's Lazy Daze, and, in over thirty years of being a professional entertainer, I've never run across a less organized festival. No one connected with Lazy Daze was able to give directions to my stage; I was unable to unload equipment anywhere near the festival; there was no nearby parking for artists; there was no area near my stage for shade for instruments or performers, nor was there even so much as water provided for the performers. I feel for the artisans and hope they do get their refunds. But Lazy Daze reinforces that 'holier-than-thou' aspect of Cary that keeps me from going there unless I absolutely have to.

  • anne53ozzy Aug 26, 2011

    They should have it in the Fall of the year.

  • timbo10.0 Aug 26, 2011

    "I like my downtown Cary just like it is the other 354 days of the year. "

    Cary really doesn't have a downtown, more like a wide place in the road.

    One block of downtown Apex has 100 times the character of any block in Cary.

  • sammyg Aug 26, 2011

    I just wish they would have it when it's not so dang hot out. I stopped going to this event because of the heat. How about holding it in Sept. instead?

  • Z Man Aug 26, 2011

    "Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our artists, entertainers, guests, volunteers and workers,” the festival's coordinator, Joy Ennis, said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

    That's one of the most inane statements I've ever heard. Using that logic, and since someone could twist an ankle just walking down Academy street, she should cancel all future Lazy Days.

  • lkwldflwr Aug 25, 2011

    My artisan friends, I know we must be safe, but my heart go out to those of you who have worked so hard to get the festival ready and for those of you who will loose valualbe income this weekend. Ashville artist lost valuable creations when a wind storm hit during one of their festivals this summer. My brother, a Utah artist, has suffered do to the economy. Be strong, lift your heads up and carry on to the next festival. Better days are ahead and for those of you who think you can buy their crafts and artwork at Walmart..go to Walmart..leave everyone else to enjoy a wonderful event. Till next year..a friend from Mars Hill, NC

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 25, 2011

    NCGrits - "I actually wish the area had more festivals like this, as I am a big fan of artisan creations."

    As am I, when an event such as this is held in an appropriate place that has ample parking that doesn't block city streets, and when the organizers of the event ensure the products being sold are actually being produced by the ones who say they produced them.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 25, 2011

    NCgrits - "For those who do not know, the arts at Lazy Days are judged on their creativity and the uniqueness of their products. Each artist their makes their products."

    Not all who sell at Lazy Daze are artisans.

    Those that are are judged on their goods.

    But not all they rent booths to are the ones who actually made the products. It should be so.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 25, 2011

    chastity - "RB aka spirit warrior woman, I doubt the town would allow this event to go on for 35 years if there had been a major emergency in which fire crews, etc were unable to get to an emergency."

    It didn't happen, but it well could have and there's no way a firetruck or ambulance could have gotten down that street, or many others near downtown Cary.

    What are they waiting for, for it to actually happen before they disallow that type of parking making passage between cars parked on both sides of the street too narrow for emergency vehicles to get between them?

    It's a serious event just waiting to happen.

  • chastityoq Aug 25, 2011

    RB aka spirit warrior woman, I doubt the town would allow this event to go on for 35 years if there had been a major emergency in which fire crews, etc were unable to get to an emergency. Glad you moved off of "Waldo St."
    NC grits and others, thanks for supporting local artists because it helps to feed my family!

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