Get ready for GumTree

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – For 38 years, the arts have had a springtime home in downtown Tupelo.
That will continue for the 39th year during Mother’s Day weekend, when artists, musicians and more show off their talents at the 2010 Cellular South GumTree Festival.
“People come home for the festival,” said Tina Lutz, director. “You get parents and children who grew up with the festival, and now they have children. It’s great. It’s multi-generational now.”
In order to protect the Lee County Courthouse grounds, the Lee County Board of Supervisors said that artists’ booths will be set up on the street, rather than the grass. That will give a new look to the event, with arts and crafts booths set up on Broadway and Court streets in an L-shape.
“I have about 90 artists coming,” Lutz said.
Shoppers will find sculpture, paintings, traditional crafts, mixed media work, graphics, glass, jewelry and more. Most of the vendors will be from the Southeast, but some will travel from farther flung places.
“I’ve got them coming from New York, California and Indiana,” Lutz said.

From Lucy
This year’s GumTree poster artist is close to home. Tupelo’s Lucy Gaines has painted a colorful collection of trees.
“I saw what Lucy painted, and I thought it would make a great image,” Lutz said. “She agreed, so there you have it.”
Signed posters will be available for $35 at the information tent, and T-shirts will cost $16.
Kids will get to let their creativity loose in a series of activity tents. The Yocona Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America will run a Pinewood Derby course on the festival site.
“The Natchez Trace Parkway will be there, doing rubbings from fish and leaves,” Lutz said.
In addition, puppies from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society will be available for adoption from 9 to 11 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Singer Shannon McNally will serve as judge of the 2010 Songwriters Competition, and she’s also slated to perform at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The stage will be set up in front of the Lee County Justice Center. Seats will be placed on Jefferson Street, but you’ll also be able to sit at tables on the north lawn of the Courthouse.
“Come and experience everything the festival has to offer,” Lutz said. “Come to the festival for free. We don’t charge anything. Of course, it’s Mother’s Day weekend, so come buy your mother something.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.

Make your plans
– What: 2010 Cellular South GumTree Festival
– When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mother’s Day.
– Where: Lee County Courthouse, Tupelo
– Tickets: Free
– Info: (662) 844-2787, gumtreemuseum.com.
– Extra: The 2010 Cellular South GumBall wil be 7 p.m. Friday at Goodlett Manor in Tupelo. Tickets are $20.