It is 12:30 p.m. on a sweltering Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. The cobblestone paths in St. Phillips plaza are lined with decorated booths of artisans and exhibitors who have gathered to share their knowledge, message and mission with the Tucson community.
The temperature outside has reached a peak 96 degrees, an unusual temperature for an October day, but nevertheless the Arts in the Plaza Festival hosted by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance trudges on.
The Arts in the Plaza Festival is a celebration of arts and culture in both Tucson and South Tucson. The festival was created to showcase the unique talent of the locals. Each year the SAACA scours the both communities to find artists and community leaders to participate in the celebration.
“To me it didn’t matter if I was hot, this festival means so much to people in Tucson and no matter what, the show must go on,” said Victoria Preciado, a festival attendee.
By wandering the pathways of the festival, it is easy to see that as the heat increases, moral declines. The elderly turquoise jewelry maker is significantly less chatty than two hours prior, the once lively group of locals who occupied the middle of the festival with their roaring laughter have dispersed. But, somehow in the mix of it all, one booth stands out among the rest.
“I heard Hawkeye from across the festival,” said Lyndsay Campbell, student and festival attendee. Hawkeye Richardson is the founder and owner of Tell Me A Good Story.
“I don’t know if it was the outrageous amount of beautifully worn antique books, or Hawkeye’s dedication to the cause that kept me there for so long, but I can definitely tell you that the hour I spent at the Tell Me A Good Story booth, now that’s one hour I don’t regret,” said Campbell.
Tell Me A Good Story on the surface could just seem like any collector and distributor of antique books, but take a closer look—the mission is so much greater.
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