Some like it hot. They’re going to love this year’s rendition of Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d’Alene and the Downtown Association’s Street Fair.
All that great entertainment, arts and crafts and food booths will attract tens of thousands of visitors and one exceedingly familiar figure: Mother Nature. Highs throughout the weekend will be just south of scorching. Good thing the festivities border a big, cool puddle for those feeling overheated.
So Press suggestion No. 1 is to take care of yourself under that scintillating sun. Cover skin and hydrate like there’s no tomorrow (because if you don’t, there might not be one). And wear a swimsuit under your art-browsing duds so a quick dip isn’t just a midsummer’s day dream.
Press suggestion No. 2 is to thoroughly enjoy yourself and the great attractions available in this warm-up to the North Idaho State Fair and Rodeo. But — yes, there’s often a big but — keep something in mind when you’re reaching for your wallet to purchase from these fine visiting vendors: Most of those hard-earned dollars are going to leave the community. Hey, that’s part of the commerce game, and this is no rap on some of the rare and outstanding items you might find today through Sunday. But please don’t forget that when the vendors are gone, your local artists and merchants will still be here, fighting the good fight to keep our communities vibrant and safe.
Finally, Press suggestion No. 3 is to feel good about feeding your crew at Taste of Coeur d’Alene, the happy encampment filling City Park. While vendors will have a nice haul, some of your investment will go to the fabulous Panhandle Kiwanis Club. They’re the folks who put on Taste, and they’ve worked harder than ever to make sure City Park is the place to be not just for good food and interesting arts and craft fare, but for some terrific music, too. This is their big fundraiser, and their philanthropic focus is local-centric.
We love the energy that emanates from downtown Coeur d’Alene every summer, from Car d’Lane and the Fourth of July parade and fireworks on. This weekend is just one more opportunity to show off.