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Lazy Daze, then Lazy Days

Lazy Daze Arts Festival kicked off our vacation Saturday morning with some music, art, and plenty of sunshine!  The annual event, in its 37th year, welcomed thousands of folks into downtown Cary to peruse hundreds of artists’ tents, listen to a variety of local bands, and eat lots of smell good food.

lazy daze balloons  |  such a pretty day!

The weather was absolutely perfect.  We arrived just after 9am and the streets were already crowded!  While Matt loaded in and set up for his 11am show, I took a stroll up Academy Street to see what fun I could find.

awesome birdhouses by local artist

Of course, one of the first tents to catch my eye would be full of whimsical birdhouses.  I wanted several of them, but I settled on a business card.  Frank Saggus, of Wing Ding Constructions, traveled from Georgia to sell his hand-built imaginative houses, but NC is hardly a trek for him.  He travels the globe in search of neat finds to incorporate into his re-purposed creations: street signs, faucets, bowling pins, you name it!

glass terrariums made by local artist

These little glass terrariums grouped en masse made for a fun booth, but, unfortunately, I did not grab a business card.  (If you know who this artist is, please do tell.)  The streets were crowded with onlookers and buyers and mamas and papas and babies in strollers, so at times it was a little hectic trying to actually get into every artists’ tent.

live model statue of drummer girl in downtown cary

Festival-goers slowed their pace at this intersection, however, to watch intently as this live model posed as a statue.  Every so often, she would rat-a-tat-tat on her snare and shift poses.  I caught her on my way back to watch my own drummer make beats.

matt playing drums for ofk

Once and Future Kings rocked the mid-morning crowd (above: my hubby rockstar!).  They were one of several groups in an eclectic mix of entertainment; before them a gypsy folk band and after a country group.  The five-piece OFK band also had a nice merch table set up featuring new wares (tees, stickers, and artwork) to go along with their newest full-length album release, which is also available on VINYL!

After big cheers for the band, we headed out to start our week of lazy days… vacation!


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