By: Alex Morales, Contributing Writer.
Poinciana - As a Polk County resident, I find myself impressed with the number of events and activities that Northeast Polk has to offer. The Solivita Annual Fall Arts and Craft Festival is one of those events.
We were invited to visit the festival by Kaylee Febles, one of the activities specialist at Solivita.
Upon our arrival, I found myself in a great and pleasant environment, perfect for a relaxing Saturday afternoon. I parked my car and was welcomed by one of the transportation volunteers, Mr. Bill Spear. He took me on his golf cart to the festival entrance. I have to say that that was a very nice touch for the event.
As I walked around, I noticed hundreds of vendors (residents and non-residents) presenting their talent through their arts and craft. I also saw a teen orchestra in the entrance playing different styles of contemporary music.
As I continued my walk through the festival, I stopped by the information desk where I talked to Kaylee Febles. She mentioned that Solivita, a 55 and up community, conducts this event annually and that this one is the 18th event they have done. She highlighted that there were more than 100 volunteers helping on the event, which the majority of them were residents.
The truth is that, as I walked around the festival, I completely forgot that I was there to cover the event... that's how much fun I was having. The music was also perfect. There were musicians playing nice calypso and reggae bringing a nice tropical flare to the festival. As I continued my walk, I got to the food vendors. Oh my... if I thought the music was great... the food was even better.
When it was time for us to leave, and after I said my goodbyes, I was taken by golf cart to my car by Eddie Dunzelman, another great transportation volunteer who was providing a great service to the festival participants.
I have to say that I left the festival wanting more and, for sure, I will be attending once again next year. Thank you, to our Solivita friends for such a great experience See you guys next year!.