Artists and farmers interested in being a site on the Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour in October and encouraged to sign up by Tuesday, Aug. 18. All locations need to be within 30 and 45 minutes driving time from Belfast.

Developed by the Belfast Creative Coalition, the Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail and Fall Tour highlights the richness of art, culture and agriculture in and around 26 coastal and rural communities in Midcoast Maine. BCC hosts the annual tour over the Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes open studios, farm tours and special workshops and demonstrations. Visitors are encouraged to bring their families and visit the farms, artists working in their studios, see a glass blowing demonstration or learn how to make soap.

A Cultivate Pop-Up exhibit, where the participating tour sites bring in their artwork and handmade farm goods, will be held Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Belfast as part of the Fourth Friday Art Walk.

Schedule changes have been made this year to increase visitors, including limiting the number of sites and the days of the Columbus Day weekend tour: south Waldo County, including downtown Belfast; will be on Saturday; and north Waldo County will be on Sunday. BCC has received a Maine Arts Commission Grant to help promote the tour this year, as well.

Cultivate is now part of the Belfast Creative Coalition membership program. For those who already are members, the cost is $50. For non-members, the cost is $75 for an artist or farm site (this includes a year of BCC membership); or $150 for organizations (this includes a year of BCC membership).

For more information and to sign up to be a site on the tour, email or call Belfast Creative Coalition Executive Director Kimberly Callas at or call 323-8692.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or