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Saratoga ArtsFest kicks off

Skidmore College will be the site of Family Day on Sunday, featuring a cabaret by the Saratoga Children's Theatre, the Amazing Kids Circus, activities, a guided nature walk in Skidmore's North Woods and musical performances by students from Saratoga Springs schools.

Kimmerle said the quantity and variety of events the festival offers has helped ArtsFest move closer to being an annual festival people travel specifically to the region to partake in.

"Our number one goal is to bring the arts together, that's why we have all these different genres. It's a festival across what spans most of the arts, in one place. We bring them together and bring them to the community," said Kimmerle. "With tourists beginning to come in here for the festival, it brings the region together, not just the community. In addition to providing a wide array of activities for the community, we're hoping to draw people to the region and boost cultural tourism."

ArtsFest is also coming to signify the beginning of summer, said Kimmerle.

"Our other goal is to kick off the official summer arts scene in Saratoga Springs, which is really firmly established as an arts center and environment, but this gives it a kick start," said Kimmerle. "People visit places not only because it's beautiful and fun, but because of a strong presence of the arts. Saratoga Springs has that, plus we have history, a wonderful racetrack, health. ArtsFest is an integral part of that and enhances the reputation of the city and builds upon its already strong arts reputation."

There are a total of 75 events at ArtsFest 2010. New this year is a working artist studio walk where people can go on self-guided tours and watch artists work their craft behind the scenes. There's also a new indoor and outdoor sculpture project and the always popular open air draw-out where artists work on the streets of the city.

For a full schedule of events and information about ArtsFest passes and admission prices, visit www.saratogaartsfest.org.

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