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Arts Festival 2011 (#46)

July 6, 2011

Actually, its formal name is The Marblehead Festival of the Arts. Founded in 1962, next year will be it’s 47th Anniversary. Offering exhibits on crafts, drawing, painting, printmaking, video, photography, writing, youth and adult exhibits, non visual arts, theater, film and performing arts. Usually great weather abounds to enjoy the street festival, concerts, food, and the Town itself. The festival is always a summer hit.

If there is a town that likes this sort of thing more than Marblehead, we don’t know which one it is.

The festival is managed and planned entirely by a volunteer army: people from Marblehead and surrounding communities dedicated to local artisans and to making their works available and appreciated. To win “Best of Show” in any category is very special, and just to exhibit is a big win in itself. The festival is free to the public (no admission fees) and entirely supported by private contributors and by… you? Click here to lend your support.

But the best “prize” may be just to walk around the Town and enjoy this July tradition.

This year was no exception, including the fireworks and harbor illumination. In a brief interview with Chuck Scheffreen, long time organizer, past president, and always-ready-to help-with-whatever-needs-to-be-done go-to guy, he said, “What a blast! People from all around Essex County and truthfully, visitors from all over the world, come to Marblehead on the festival weekend and the Town transforms itself into something so special that you really, really have to be here to understand.” 20,000 people do understand each year.

If you didn’t make it this year… there is always next year, thanks to the hundreds of volunteers to make this event their special passion. Did we say “thanks?” It just can’t be said enough.

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