Gallery: Orton Park Festival 2014

Event draws rave reviews under new management

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Lydia Loveless plays a late afternoon set at the 49th Orton Park Festival.

The Orton Park Festival was the same as just about every other year and to many that was just fine. After many wonderful years under the management of a few dedicated volunteers, the Marquette Neighborhood Association has spread out the roles in the past two years and guess what?

No one noticed, and that is a good thing.

From the music, to the food, to the activities, the festival was a familiar, comfortable and felt a bit more like the original picnic that started it all nearly five decades ago. While much did not change, at least one change did stand out a bit, the music did end much earlier but no one seemed to mind.

The subtle changes will have their own review when the fundraising receipts are tallied; but we have tallied images that show that many had a great time, which is by far the most important benchmark.

Orton Park Festival 2014

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Lydia Loveless plays for nearly 700 people at the Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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First known as the MNA picnic, the Orton Park Festival has always been about the joy of children. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Lydia Loveless. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Lydia Loveless. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Unbilled musicians sing near the main stage. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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The local boy scout troop runs the kids games and bingo each year. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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The local boy scout troop runs the kids games and bingo each year. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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This young man is nearing the joyous moment of a bingo. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band filled the park during the Saturday session of the Orton Park Festival.
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Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Lydia Loveless serenades the entire family at the Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014.
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Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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The craft bazaar is a constant at the neighborhood festivals. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Friends of Orton Park worked with Madison Parks to convert a victim of the June tornado into a natural play structure that children quickly adopted. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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The festival is a fundraiser for the Marquette Neighborhood Association, which began just a few years after the first Orton Park Festival. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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The most used form of transportation to the neighborhood summer festivals is bicycles. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014
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A near Eastside festival would settle for nothing less than nearly complete recycling compliance from attendees. Orton Park Festival, August 24, 2014

 

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