The tenth annual Spinstock Flow Arts Festival was held Saturday, June 8, at Coleman Memorial Park, sparking music and movement from noon to 9 p.m.

The day was filled with flow art forms ranging from hula hoop to meditation to kung fu, with demonstrations and performances from both locals and professionals who traveled from across the country.

One performer was the Lancaster-based Scarlet Orchid Belly Dance Troupe, with performers from local and surrounding areas.

Participants like Andrew Shrew, who spun a dragon staff, emphasized the holistic benefits of flow arts.

“Flow arts make you at one with your mind and body,” said Shrew.

Some find the flow arts to be a connection or channel of their spirituality.

The event was open to audience participation, with demonstrations by performers and stations set up for kids to get involved in the movement.

A tent set up with hula hoops Saturday.

In addition to the entertainment, plenty of vendors were set up to sell artisan goods, decorations, art and more.

Christy of Envision Awaken, which offers relexology, raiki and other body, mind and spirit services, said she has attended a variety of local festivals, but Spinstock is her favorite.

“This is my favorite Lebanon Valley Festival, said Christy. “I enjoy the flow arts; it’s a fun event for the whole family.”

Bridget Blauch of Kilted Suds, a vegan and cruelty-free bath and body business, said festivals like Spinstock are great for her to meet new customers.

“It gets the name out there, it’s advertising more than anything,” said Blauch.

This was Alexandria Simmons’ second year at Spinstock with her business Sloppy Dyed Tales. She said she enjoys coming back and seeing some of the vendors she shared a tent with last year.

“This festival is great; I was here last year and it was my very first festival as a tye dye artist,” Simmons explained. “Coming back here is nostalgic, it’s fantastic.”

Artists of a variety of mediums showed and sold their work at the festival.

Kerstin Kreiser, who has been painting for around five years, said she enjoys the atmosphere and community at Spinstock.

“So far, it’s been great — the vibes here are amazing,” Kreiser said. “I really love how inclusive it is here, everyone is so kind and amazing.”

Kristen Viera, who makes handmade plush succulent pillows, emphasized how positive she finds Spinstock.

“This is probably the happiest festival I’ve been to,” Viera said. “Everybody’s tapping into their inner child.”

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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