It’s election season for arts festivals
Hawaii's arts scene gets some national ink, but more would not be a bad thing.
Local artisans, galleries, museums and others whose livelihoods depend on enthusiasts with wallets have another opportunity to gain national heft and street cred.
AmericanStyle magazine has launched its fifth annual Top 10 Art Fairs and Festivals readers' poll.
A ballot of 100 fairs and festivals can be found online. What can't be found on the ballot is a single Hawaii choice for which to vote.
But wait! Before a harrumphing noise emanates from your vocal cords -- there are three write-in spaces for your favorites and you are allowed three votes.
Local arts community players and supporters are likely voters, but everyone might be inspired to cast a ballot -- since one voter will win a $500 travel certificate. While in Vegas you can see if it, too, has an arts scene.
The ballot in the August issue won't hit newsstands until June 24, but paper ballots can be requested at (800) 272-3893.
Voting closes Sept. 23 and results will be published in the February 2009 issue, available in late December. The magazine will use the long lead time to prepare stories about the winning events.
Memory-joggers for the proper names of Hawaii arts fairs and festivals to write in and vote for are mere clicks away.
Kailua Chamber calling
The Kailua Chamber of Commerce wants to float an idea your way -- about floats and other entries that appear in parades.
It is accepting applications for the 62nd annual Kailua Fourth of July parade and the deadline is June 18.
"We really only have one requirement," said board member Linda Goldstein. "Each unit must display at least one American flag of any size."
"We're a small-town community parade and the intent is to have fun and celebrate America's birthday, so we try to keep it simple and enjoyable. Our theme this year is 'Hau'oli La Hanau (happy birthday) America.' "
Fees for nonprofits, businesses and politicians are $25, $100 and $250, respectively. Entry is free for military or veterans' groups, marching bands or horse units, but the chamber still needs an application, available by calling 266-2672.
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