Sunday Afternoon in the Park

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On Sunday, August 27, Mint Hill’s annual Sunday Afternoon in the Park will be held at Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

The event marks the twelfth annual arts festival, which is presented by the Town of Mint Hill in conjunction with the Arts and Science Council. “It was initially organized to provide artists in Mint Hill with an opportunity to show their work,” says Mayor Pro Tem Tina Ross, who notes the festival has existed before Mint Hill Arts secured a location in town. “It has grown, and over the years artists from outside the area as well as outside North Carolina have participated.”

This year’s event will featured over two dozen vendors displaying woodwork, soaps, pottery, glasswork, cards, photography, cartoons, jewelry, and leather and knit items. Food for sale will include funnel cakes and hot dogs.

Mint Hill is proud to be able to promote local artists through this annual festival. Mint Hill resident Annemarie Williams is excited to showcase her homemade soaps at the festival. Williams began experimenting with soap-making with her children one holiday season to create Christmas gifts for their teachers. What began as a hobby turned into a business for Williams, who now sells her unique soaps and other bathing products through Etsy as well as locally at Homestyles Gallery. Stop by her booth Sunday to see her Star Wars-themed soaps and new fall-themed bath bombs.

Local artist Annemarie Williams of Soaping Around Me is one of over two dozen vendors displaying and selling her work on August 27. Williams also sells her unique homemade soaps at Homestyles Gallery in Mint Hill.

Sunday in the Park is a free, family friendly event. Ross urges festival goes to bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy music from the festival’s featured music act, the Ryan Brooks Duo, who will be performing from 2:00 – 3:30, under the shade of Wilgrove Park’s large oak trees.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: