Westminster festival aims to fuel community spirit

Kathleen Dunlap
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 4/28/22

An arts festival in old Westminster wants to remind residents that home is where the heart is and that's their neighborhood. “We are the heart of Westminster,” said Beverley Capra, director of …

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Westminster festival aims to fuel community spirit

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An arts festival in old Westminster wants to remind residents that home is where the heart is and that's their neighborhood.

“We are the heart of Westminster,” said Beverley Capra, director of the Historic Art District of Westminster Festival and owner of the Iddle Bits of This & That Art Gallery.

The Historic Art District of Westminster invites local residents to join their annual Spring Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 14. The Festival will feature more than 50 local vendors, local musicians and entertainers, and activities for kids. Westminster's Historic Arts District is located at 73rd and Bradburn

Capra started the Festival 10 years ago hoping to nurture the neighborhood around her. The Festival is centered in one of the oldest locations in Westminster, just down the street from the Westminster Grange Hall. The Grange Hall was once used as a gathering place for civic events during the early 20th century.

Capra wants to fuel the interest of Westminster residents in both the history of Westminster and foster a small-town feeling. The first year of the Festival showcased five vendors, but that number has grown over the years, reaching a record of over 115 vendors in 2019, the year before COVID-19.

“We are community-oriented. That's my big thing,” Capra said with a smile.

Those vendors drew in hundreds of people milling around the street, enjoying the activities, food, and entertainment, she said.

“The bottom fell out with COVID,” Capra then admits.

She's worked for the last year she has slowly worked to regain the momentum behind the Festival.

“I just want to see people come together again,” she says. “I'm not interested in making money.”

The Festival is scheduled to take place off 73rd St., in the park by the Westminster Fire Station.

Capra's list of participants includes the Westminster Historical Society, the Youth in Model Railroading group, and several local vendors showcasing their crafts and wares.

“Everything from toys to cookies to dried goods,” Capra said. “It will fill the park.”

Families with kids can be entertained with the chalk drawing event, rock painting, and the model train show. The train show will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Train Shoppe now located in the Grange Hall.

Live performances by local artists are scheduled throughout the day. The lineup includes singer Kayla Frantz, ukulele and guitarist Patty Jackson, and musical and comedic band, “Around the Bend”.

“They crack jokes, and it's fun,” Capra said, noting that the performers will be accepting donations for their acts.

“We will have the tip jar out!” she said.

Food trucks will be on hand to supplement the lighter fare offered by the local coffee and tea shop, A Creative Corner.

It's one of two events Capra's group hosts with an eye toward bringing people to the historic distinct to not only enjoy the event but to support local businesses and vendors.

“We have this Festival in May, and then one again in the fall,” she says. “I like doing it, people get excited, and it's good for the neighborhood.”

Iddle, Westminster, art district, art fair, spring

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