Reina P. Cunningham
Officials with Cumberland Gap’s newest tourism event is preparing for rainy weather today - just in case.
Second Saturdays in the Gap is sponsored by the Cumberland Gap Art Council and features family friendly, free events all summer on the second Saturday of each month.
The original plan is for the event to be held at Festival Park on Colywn Avenue, but if rainy weather threatens the event the organizers will move down the street into the Lincoln Memorial University’s Art Center.
Preparations have been underway for days for this event.
Members of the art council spent the week picking up artwork from local schools. Once the artwork was brought back to Cumberland Gap, members displayed the various works of art in storefront windows throughout the town.
The artwork will be judged today and winners will be displayed on easels set up in the park at the event.
Area children who did not participate through schools are encouraged to show up at the event with their artwork. There are no age limitations to the contest, but judging will be grouped by age.
Participants who already submitted work can go on a treasure hunt through town to see where their artwork is displayed. The art council will have fliers detailing participating businesses.
Weather permitting, there will be instruction on sidewalk art and children will be able to practice their art skills there as well. Tables will be set up throughout the park.
There will be free lemonade and popcorn for children on The Frame Shop porch.
The Pineapple Tearoom will have a hot dog stand in front of their restaurant and will serve supper for $4 a person.
Entertainment for the event will include local musicians — The Washboard Singers, Rachel Lynn and Jimmy Rose.
The event is being held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-248-1010, ext. 205, email@example.com.