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                      Festival Guest Information


Every year the festival sustains long-standing traditions while introducing new and different features.


Opening Night Party  

On Friday night, May 23, this very popular Preview Party begins at 7 p.m. at the G.A.R. Hall (157 Old Main Street) and the adjacent FireHouse. Admission will be charged ($30 at the door). Beer and wine cash bar, refreshments, and live entertainment will be available. The Gathering will be performing in the Entertainment Tent, across the street from the G.A.R. Hall, and Swing Set will perform inside the Hall. Highlights of the evening will be the opportunity to preview the juried art and photography exhibits and attend the award ceremony for the juried exhibitions. The party extends into the street, which will be blocked to traffic. There’s no better way to kick off the holiday!

Saturday and Sunday (May 24 and 25) offer a wide range of crafts and artisans tents, demonstrations, entertainment, plein air painting, and this coming year two firsts:—Community

Cartooning and a Giant Puppet Parade (see below) .


The Giant Puppet Parade The community groups have been working on the puppets over time, in partnership with artists.   A parade of giant puppets and masks will be held at 12 noon Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Parade is intended to become a regular part of the event, growing larger every year and happening more spontaneously because of the engagement of an ever-broadening slice of the community.  

There will be kids’ activities on site to complement the parade, including a storyteller, street clown, art wall, and children’s tent.




Cartooning Collage - Cartoonist Kent Archer is from Marshfield and got his introduction to cartooning when he took a class with a cartoonist at NRAS. is creating a large black-and-white cartoon that will be blown up and then cut into over many numbered sections. On Saturday, guests (both adults and children) will be invited to decorate the various pieces individually, and then the decorated sections will be reassembled into a unique work of art that combines all of the participants’ creativity, changing through the day.

You'll be able to decorate as many pieces as you'd like and to take your artwork home at the end of the day.


Juried Art, Sculpture, & Photography Exhibits           

Exhibits in the G.A.R. Hall and Firehouse will display competitively selected and judged paintings, sculpture, and photographs during the weekend (10-5 Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25) and for the following week May 27- June 1. Post-Festival gallery hours will be Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – Noon and Saturday/Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Exhibits close on Sunday June 1.

Silent Auction -  Popular and highly skilled artist Margaret McWethy has created a painting that will be offered at silent auction beginning at the Preview Party. The winner will be the individual with the high bid as closing time (4 p.m.) on Sunday June 1. The painting will also be used on a fine art poster that will be available for sale at the Festival. 


            (small detail of Margaret's painting that will be unveiled at Preview Party)

 Art for Sale           

Both hanging art (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) and artisans’ work will be for sale both in the GAR Hall and adjacent firehouse and in artisans’ tents along the sidewalks. Juried artwill be in the G.A.R. Hall and juried photography in the Firehouse. Art in the Barn will feature matted and framed original work, prints, and photography at affordable prices. Each artist can enter up to 20 items in the sale in the barn. A wide variety of styles, media, and price ranges will be available to help all visitors bring interest and color to their home walls.

 A popular Festival Feature Item will showcase the work of a number of well-known local artists who donate their time and talent to paint and embellish functional household items offered at silent auction, both during the Preview Party and throughout the Festival.

Street Art  - There will be both artists demonstrations spontaneously along the streets and kids drawing chalk pictures in middle of Old Main Street (one of the oldest sections of town), several blocks of which will be closed off for the duration of the weekend.

Kids Activities -  A special tent with free kids activities will be set up across the street from the GAR Hall. These are activities planned by kids for kids. Kids will have the opportunity to decorate masks and fairy wands that they can carry during the Giant Puppet Parade each day (Noon on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday). In addition, there will face painting, a street clown, and a storyteller,  as well as supplies for decorating headbands, making flags, and other craft projects. There will be kids’ activities on site to complement the parade, including a storyteller, street clown, art wall, and children’s tent. 


Refreshments  - Local food specialties and beverages will include Nona’s Ice Cream truck from Scituate, Cravings Turkey Gobbler and Chicken Caesar sandwiches, fresh salads, and melt-away chocolate bars. Acorn Canning will be providing irresistible apple cake, and Silent Chef will again provide delicious clam chowder and chili.  The food tent will also offer hot dogs, chips and cookies, fruit salad, and a petite-sized Haddad's famous lobster rolls. 

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