In celebration of art and nature, The W.H. Stark House, the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will participate in the eighth annual Art in the Park Festival on Saturday, March 27 in Stark Park, located in downtown Orange.

The W.H. Stark House will host an activity booth with an arts and crafts project for children. Participants will create their own placemat using a sheet of cover stock paper, which they will decorate and personalize using markers and stickers. For inspiration, the Stark House staff will show sample table settings as well as photos of the Stark House Breakfast Room place settings. The staff will also provide a handout on table manners.

In addition to the activity, The W.H. Stark House guides will offer first-floor tours of the historic home from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for visitors age 10 and older. The tours will be offered for a $2 admission fee. Tours of the second and third levels of the Stark House will not be offered during the Art in the Park Festival.

The Stark Museum of Art will host an art-making booth at Art in the Park and will sponsor family activities inside the Museum. At the booth, visitors will create their own paper flowers art and will see paintings from Museum classes. At the Museum, docents will provide family-friendly tours of the Museum’s galleries, including the new exhibition Blooms: Floral Art in the Stark Collections that will be on display until June 12. Families can also participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes and other activities in the exhibition. The Family Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Museum remains open until 5 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. 

Nature enthusiasts will also want to stop by the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Shangri La’s booth will feature nature bracelets for children of all ages. Children can stop by the booth to get all the materials they need to make their own nature bracelet. The booth will also have some beautiful spring blooms and general information about Shangri La.

For more information about Art in the Park Festival, sponsored by the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau, visit