By Mary Windsor, Staff Writer
Published in print Oct.1, 2014
This past Saturday, an explosion of color, music, and camaraderie overtook Tate Street’s typical drone of intercity traffic and New York City Pizza bar dwellers.
Tate Street Festival, the oldest festival to occur in Greensboro, took place on an idyllic warm day this weekend that brought out many locals to wander the street and enjoy good food, loud music and a taste of the many local craft and artisan shops that Greensboro has to offer. This 7-hour festival sponsored by 17Days, ArtsGreensboro, The City of Greensboro and WUAG 103.1 was one not to be missed.
Outside of a vibrant old Volkswagen bus, merchants were selling tie-die anything and everything. Children and adults alike gathered to try out their skills with hula-hoops. A woman clothed in only a bathing suit and body paint walked the crowd to promote the Living Art Greensboro Body Painting Show. It was enough to ignite a person’s senses.
There was a food tent from the Boba House with veggie rolls, rice and tofu meals available. Music coming from the main stage served as a constant reminder of the strong local music scene in Greensboro. Vendors sold goods ranging from handmade vegan soaps to dog breed inspired umbrellas. A popular tent was a tie-dye inspired shop that sold all t-shirts and sweat shirts for five dollars apiece.
A vendor of handmade shirts, greeting cards, and wall tapestries, Anne DeLapp, simply enjoyed the outdoor environment and feeling of unity between all the attendees.
“I don’t sell the most here, as most college aged students aren’t in my demographic or price range,” said DeLapp. “But I always receive good feedback despite that and usually have follow up customers in the future.”
Nosilla Vintage, who just opened their shop on Elm Street this past summer, made an appearance at the festival as well. They featured many vintage inspired pieces like tweed coats, hounds tooth cardigans, upcycled casual backpacks and an array of sunglasses that ranged from cat-eye to English round style.
The City of Greensboro held a tent to promote their Planning Department and future plants for the College Hill Neighborhood. They asked student-aged people their opinion on what they would like to see improved upon in that district. The Democratic Party set up shop and along side signing up the public to vote, sold buttons promoting Kay Hagan and basic human rights.
Ashley Baker, Guilford alumni and mom of four, brought her children and dogs to enjoy the festivities. She states that, “You really get to see what Greensboro is all about on days like this. Everyone comes together to come and support local establishments and there’s a strong sense of support in the arts community. It’s nice to just be surrounded by so many hardworking people. I love our little culture here.”
The main stage hosted many spectacular bands during their 7-hour line-up. Zach Morris, new to the Greensboro area, spoke highly of Ameriglow, a Greensboro band that performed around 5:00 p.m. and drew a large crowd of all ages.
“My favorite thing about coming is definitely the music scene,” said Charlotte Matheny, a volunteer with the city of Greensboro who has been attending Tate Street Festival since the early 80’s.
“I love supporting local bands and listening to new genres. You can always tell how popular a band will be by how crowded the front of the main stage gets beforehand.” Matheny claims that each year she comes alone and ends up running into old friends and being able to reminisce with them. “
Tate Street Festival showcased the creativity and talent of Greensboro natives and reflected the deep roots it has in art, music culture and eclectic taste of the crafts they produce.
It was considered another huge success according to Chip Berry, who works for the 17Days of Art movement. He hopes that everyone who attended enjoyed this event and that it opened their eyes to the local market that Greensboro has to offer.