Arts Festival back for the Fourth of July

Live entertainment, hands-on arts booths for kids and adults, food, artist demonstrations, games and more will enliven the Twisp town park on the Fourth of July for the 27th Methow Arts Festival.

Stage entertainment will include the Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Wild Mountain Nation, Lyndsay Frady, The Merc Playhouse previewing its production of Twelfth Night, Pipestone Youth Orchestra, juggling, pie-eating contests and a hula hoop contest.

Hands-on art booths are led by teaching artists and community volunteers. Demonstration booths will feature painters, needle felting, glass artists, massage therapists and firefighters.

The event begins at about 11:30 a.m., after the Fourth of July parade on Glover Street, and will run until about 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids aged 5-14; $7 for adults. Children under 5 are admitted free. Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com are $20 for groups (four of any age). Free tickets are available to volunteers and clients of the Cove Food Bank, Room One and the Methow Valley Senior Center at those locations. For more information, call 997-4004.

Summer reading for kids

Summer reading recommendations developed by Methow Valley Elementary School students through the Young Writers’ Conference are available at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop. At this year’s conference, students in grades three through six wrote and recorded a creative radio review of their favorite book. The students prepared audio clips that will be aired on KTRT 97.5FM “The Root” throughout the summer. For more information, call 997-4004.