To beat the heat, wiener dogs splashed in baby pools while owners fanned their panting pups. About 80 dogs raced in groups based on age: puppy, senior and two adult divisions, 1- to 5-year-olds and 5- to 9-year-olds, said Libby Ballard, director of the West Side Wiener Dog Race.
The Kanawha County Spay and Neuter Task Force, veterinarians and a pet fortuneteller answered dog-related questions.
Zombies, pirates and art, oh my
For the third year in a row, Bill Kimmons announced every float, street performance and movable artwork that glided down Capitol Street in the Art Parade. Zombies, pirates and dogs in tutus walked from the corner of Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Street to the Capitol Market during the third annual Art Parade.
Kimmons, who emceed the parade from in front of Taylor Books, said this year was the best year for the parade.
Hundreds of people lined Capitol Street as live music, ballerinas and folks on stilts entertained onlookers.
Kanawha City resident Catherine Jones attended the Art Parade for the first time with her 7-year-old son, Clever Brown.
"I'm impressed seeing how Charleston has become more of a cultural focus," Jones said. "I like that."
Brown's favorite Art Parade spectacle was the zombies in pig masks, carrying chainsaws for Porkchopp 3D, an independent West Virginia horror film.
While other performers tossed candy, the fake-blood-covered zombies threw beef jerky to the crowd.
A musical break from the heat
Paul Callicoat sang about guitars, greed and not giving up during his performance at Music-Works 2012 held at Capitol Roasters.
The 59-year-old strummed his guitar as he sang in front of a small crowd at the coffee shop on Summers Street. Ten performers sang their own songs during the music session.
Callicoat wore a T-shirt, blue jeans and small round glasses that resembled those of late Beatle John Lennon. FestivALL visitors sat at small tables as they enjoyed a break from the outside heat.
'Art can happen anywhere'
Gwendolyn Timbrell, 3, balanced a pink clipboard on her lap and poised a mechanical pencil on a blank pad of paper.
"I'm going to draw a lion," she said, as she began to scribble the animal's paws onto the white page.
Gwendolyn, from Nitro, was one of about a dozen participants drawing at the Lee Street Triangle during an afternoon session of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.
Vorel Sarkany, from the Charleston area, was the first model up. She wore a "kitty cat" mask, featuring an ornate gold design intermixed with bars of music, a tail made from a gold scarf and a black corset.
For her first pose, she sat on a black stool, resting one of her high heels on the chair's rung.
Sarkany, who was celebrating her one-year anniversary of modeling, said the best part of the job is seeing the completed drawings and figuring out which ones are of her.
Some are gorgeous, she said, and easy to recognize. Others are "more open.
"But you can still tell," she said.
After Sarkany abandoned the stool to wrap her body around a nearby tree, Gwendolyn hopped up from her bench, took her clipboard and plopped on the ground in front of the model.
A few minutes later, Gwendolyn bounded back to her dad, holding up her picture and shouting, "Elephant!"
Chase Henderson, the creative director of the school, said the purpose of the drawing event is to liven up the approach to live-figure drawing and put more emphasis on the model.
"We believe art can happen anywhere," he said.
FestivALL 2012 kicked off Friday and continues until June 24.
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