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The fifth annual Weekend Of The Pooka:  A Celebration Of The Arts is September 12 through the 14th.  This event showcases a myriad of art to view, buy, try, make and take and includes a fine art show, authors, live entertainment, gourmet food, and hands-on crafts. The Commons in historic Bedford comes alive with color, excitement and fun!  Free Admission! Free Parking! Free Entertainment! Free Family Fun!

Friday Evening pARTy
The weekend kicks off Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with a pARTy at Catered Elegance, 1160 Broadway Avenue, featuring one of Cleveland’s hottest bands – WIXY-1260.  Meet and greet at 7 p.m. over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  The evening continues with a musical memory tour of songs of the sixties and seventies. Tickets are on sale August 1, at Bedford City Hall, 165 Center Road.  For more information, phone 440-232-1600.

Call To Artists
While the website (www.bedfordpooka.org) is being updated, the Call To Artist
Quicklink is up and running.  Artists can download the application form to enter the 2014 Art Show & Sale.  Deadline is August 1.

Saturday & Sunday
On Saturday and Sunday, the festivities continue with live performances of music and dance, fine art and crafts, author book signings, hands-on art activities, and multiple gourmet food vendors.

Explore Imagination Village – where budding artists young and old can expand their creativity.  A place for hands-on art activities where attendees can write a poem, make a clay figure, play a musical instrument, paint a mural, learn Bonsai or origami, make a hat, design a mask, and more, the Village is open all weekend!

Poems On The Wind
Unlock your creative energy and connect with the power of poetry.  Come to the Southeast Branch Library, 70 Columbus Road, to create a poetry flag to waft in the breeze.  Write a poem or share your favorite poem with others.  You supply the creativity – we’ll supply the materials.  All flags will be on display at the library throughout the summer – unless you prefer to take yours home.   On September 13, the collection will be strung around Bedford Commons on “Pooka Weekend”.

Garden Collages With The Bedford Garden Club
Celebrating their 87th anniversary in Bedford, members from The Bedford Garden Club will present an activity that includes information about gardening and herbs and also provide materials to make a garden collage to take home.

Ancient Art Of Spinning & Weaving
Presented by the Western Reserve Spinning & Weaving Guild, see how fibers are spun and woven.  Also take the opportunity to view unique textile art.

Eye Fly Away
Create flight-themed artwork with the Cleveland Sight Center using recycled materials without using your eyes.

Imaginative Painting with Augusto Bordelois
Internationally known artist, Augusto Bordelois leads visitors in a fun and challenging creative adventure that starts with painting a mural blindfolded! No experience required except a desire to flow with the creative process.  Visit with him both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Want to get a sneak peek of the Art Show?  Visit US Bank in downtown Bedford, 680 Broadway Avenue, during business hours and check out the array of paintings displayed by just a few of our artists.  The Art Show on Saturday and Sunday will include paintings, art glass, metal sculpture, ceramics, collage, fiber and jewelry.  Click on the Exhibitors page to learn more about the artists.

Book Lovers
Here is the reading list your have been waiting for: authors: S.Andrew Swann, R.K. Avery, Claudia Taller, John Gorman, Gail Bellamy, Michael Heaton, Shelley Costa, Charles Cassady, and Cinda Williams Chima.  Meet them – and others – starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Check the Meet The Authors page for details and recent additions.

Cirque du Papier Comes To Town!
Visual artist, Michael Roy will give an interactive demonstration at Imagination Village.  He brings origami into the new millennium, combining classic Japanese-style origami with the latest in high-tech folding transforming single flat squares of paper into 3D forms of animals, flowers, sea life, birds and decorative objects.  One sheet of paper.  No cuts.  No tears.  No glue.  His interactive demonstration at Imagination Village combines dexterity, wit and knowledge.  And, you may go home with a cherished keepsake.

Magic Mike Magic Show
Magic Mike, acclaimed magician, illusionist, hypnotist and balloon artist delight both children and adults with his interactive show that includes magic, comedy and illusions.  Afterward, visit either Magic Mike for a crazy balloon creation or his partner Catena for an artistic face painting.

The Art Of Fashion
Live models will stroll the grounds to exhibit unique gowns and fashion items from the Red Carpet Boutique & Bridal.

From the cool jazz of the Music Settlement to the rockin’ blues of Blues On Fire, the rhythms of the Bollywood Dancers, and the harmonies of folk musicians Spyder Stompers, we’ve got it all. Toss in the Zydeco beat of Cats On Holiday, numbers from song stylist Marina Strah and performances from the Contemporary Chinese Cultural Dancers and you have a weekend of unbeatable entertainment – all FREE! 

Attention Gourmands
Fired Up, Krav, Orange Truk, Angie’s Rib Wagon, Handel’s Ice Cream and the
Donut Lab are a few of the food vendors that will offer their epicurean delights!

Half-Priced Plant Sale
American Turf Garden Center provides the live container plants that decorate the event on the Commons.  These plants will be sold after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at bargain prices!

Bedford History Displayed
The Bedford Historical Society is preparing an exhibit of artist Richard Sedlon’s Pooka paintings, sculptures and posters in the Town Hall Museum.  The newly renovated Sedlon Garden behind the Dunham House will feature storytelling, music of acoustic guitarist, Robert Spinks, and poetry reading – much like the days when the Kokoon Klub met there many years ago.  The Old Church On The Square displays the work of early Bedford artists.  Don’t miss its beautiful stained glass windows!

Raffles & Prizes
What’s a festival without raffles or prizes? We wouldn’t know!  Ours include a two-some for golf, a catered dinner with wine and the trimmings, a basket of the finest cosmetics, a cook’s delight of gourmet sauces and more. All baskets have a minimum value of $100 each!


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WIXY 1260's
Saturday & Sunday - Free Admission
Art Show & Sale
Imagination Village
Meet the Authors
Richard Sedlon Artwork
Live Performance Art
Spyder Stompers Cats On Holiday
Underworld Blues Band Blues on Fire
Marina Strah J@MS
Magic Mike Cirque du Papier
CCCCA Art Troupe Bollywood Dance
Augusto Bordelois CMA Art Crew
Western Reserve Spinning & Weaving Art of Fashion
Clay Magic Cleveland Metroparks Naturalists
Faces by Catena Art of Bonsai
1/2 Price Plant Sale Make It Take It
Orange Truk Fired Up Cafe Mobile
Angies Rib Wagon Krav Food Truck
Papa Nick's Back9 Catering
DonutLab Handel's Ice Cream