Arts in the Park, on the water
Belfast — There’s more than one festival on the water’s edge this weekend. Belfast’s Arts in the Park takes over that city’s Heritage Park Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, as one of the Midcoast’s most respected fine arts and crafts festivals. Art in the Park’s compelling combination of art work, craft, continuous live music and on-site food adds up to a festival atmosphere, right on the harbor and steps from downtown.
The 19th annual Arts in the Park will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Some 80 artists and artisans will have booths, offering a wide variety of work. Those who stroll will find everything from traditional two- and three-dimensional media to bookbinding, glass art, stone and leather goods, jewelry, metal, fiber/wearable art and more.
The under-the-tent musical entertainment also is varied, including blues, jazz, bluegrass, an Army band and the local ukulele strummers. Things begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, a loosely organized group of amateur musicians devoted to playing and sharing traditional fiddle music. Taking stage at noon will be the self-proclaimed “Maine’s hottest jazz combo,” the Aurora Jazz Project. The Project features four musicians (two with Berklee time) equally at home in a small, intimate jazz club or in front of a roaring festival throng. The last gig of the day is reserved for The Bad Daddys, a blues band that plays all over the state that is back for the second year in a row.
On Sunday, Waldo County’s own Leaky Boot Jug Band opens the day at 10 a.m., covering acoustic material ranging from traditional blues to the Grateful Dead with some bluegrass for good measure. At noon, the Maine National Guard’s 195th US Army Band jazz band returns by popular demand. Finishing out the festival are folk no strangers to playing on the waterfront; the local uke players strum every Tuesday at the gazebo.
Food vendors include The Good Kettle (coffee and baked goods), Uproot Pie Co. (wood-fired pizza), The Game Loft (burgers and more), Ye Olde English Fish & Chips (also lobster rolls and more) and Monroe’s Stonefox Farm Creamery.
To see a list of exhibitors and find more information on the 19th annual Arts in the Park, visit artsintheparkbelfast.org. Better yet, just head to the harbor.
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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional, for 30 years and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.