Quiet reigns at Dorset art event

Social distancing and a light turnout made for a peaceful, relaxing Boardwalk Art Festival.

Johnthan Dainsberg of Laporte, at left, and Emma Hudziak of Walker explore the intricate wood carvings of Duane Bischoff from Moorhead (at right) during Saturday's Boardwalk Art Festival in Dorset. Styling his booth "Bisch's Sticks and Crafts," Bischoff offered an array of walking sticks, decorative objects and "wood spirits." (Robin Fish/Enterprise)

The Dorset Boardwalk Art Festival had a mildly cool reception on Saturday to go with the pleasantly cool day.

Missing were the large, noisy crowds Dorset’s summer events have drawn in recent, pre-COVID-19 years. Instead, small groups of visitors quietly browsed booths full of wood carvings, painted rocks, singing bowls, local authors’ books and more.

The event offered an opportunity to look at and handle objects of beauty without being jostled by shoulder-to-shoulder bodies – all the better for social distancing. Small groups also enjoyed open-air terrace dining at some of the town’s restaurants.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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