Art’n the Park’n Lot showcases Craig’s artistic, musical talent |

Art’n the Park’n Lot showcases Craig’s artistic, musical talent

Stretching of creative wings also a benefit for Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads

Andy Bockelman
The members of Craig band Four 2 Play jam out on stage during Saturday's Art'n the Park' Lot, hosted along Victory Way by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads. The annual event is a fundraiser for the group's work with local students.
Andy Bockelman

A sunny day can be as big a drawback as a rainy day when you’re planning an event as the warmth allows for any number of alternative activities, but those along Victory Way Saturday were partying with a purpose.

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads’ Art’n the Park’n Lot brought a temporary taste of the tropics to Craig over the weekend, complete with a laidback atmosphere and good tunes.

Organizer Beth Gilchrist said the number of vendors of arts and crafts goods and food was up this year, yet the turnout was slow until later in the day, people likely making the most of good weather to spread out across the natural landscape while they still had the chance.

“I’m just glad for the sunshine,” Gilchrist said.

The Parrotheads put on Art’n the Park’n Lot to raise money for local scholarships and music projects in the schools.

Activities like a hula hoop contest and a silent auction kept the crowd’s attention, as did a full day of local musical acts, including Four 2 Play Band, with the setlist also including younger talents like Alex Nichols, Micah Crum, Paige Durbin and Alayna Behrman.

Behrman, 12, performed three songs for the audience, starting with Ingrid Michaelson’s “Everybody.” Singing seriously since age 8, she was pleased with her showing with a limited prep time.

“I’ve only been practicing since Thursday,” she said.

Among those selling their art was Parrothead David Morris, who brought an array of handmade ceramics, as well as some one-of-a-kind paintings he put on items like skillets and saw blades after recovering from a surgery hindered his pottery output.

His favorite part of the day was seeing musicians of all ages perform for the crowd to show the variety of creative expression in the region.

“It’s all kinds of art here, that’s what I love,” Morris said.

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