Weekend update: Made in the shade

Weekend update: Made in the shade

Today and Sunday, the Arts In the Park festival in Danville offers 50 to 60 artist booths, food, ersatz Beatles, gospel and a big band. It's at Lincoln Park on Logan Avenue. Best thing about this: most of it's free. In its 26th year, the festival offers "every kind of entertainment," says Danville Parks & Public Facilities director Steve Lane. Here's more, courtesy staff writer Paul Wood:

1 "Art On Wheels" features more than 100 classic cars. There's a sidewalk chalk competition this morning, as well as the performances by Laurel School of Dance and the Red Mask Players. After lunch, the Sweet Adelines and Danville Barbershop Chorus sing. At 4 p.m., Doc Ashton and The Root Canals perform, and at 7 the 144th National Guard Army Band. Sunday, performers include Forgive, John Jansky, The Susan Williams Band, The Cavern Beat Beatles Tribute, Danville Light Opera and the Danville Municipal Band.

2 Visitors can escape the heat and humidity under the tall trees of Lincoln Park, many of which are more than a century old. "There's lots of shade," he said. The trees are a variety of oaks as well as hickory.

3 New this year: The Cavern Beat starting at 3 p.m. Sunday. It's a tribute to the Beatles. "I've heard they're really good," organizer Andrea Calamari says. Also new: Forgiven, a gospel band from Covington, Ind.

4 Tilton's Cindy Liffick creates home and garden glass art with repurposed glass. This is her first year at the festival. If you like carnival and Depression glass, she's the one to see.