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Farmers’ Market Arts Festival

Port Hope

On Saturday August 11, the Port Hope Farmers’ Market hosted its ninth annual Arts Festival.

Local and Regional artists were invited to set up their one-of-a-kind creations on the back lawn of Town Hall in the heart of Port Hope alongside our regular Farmers’ Market vendors. To participate in the festival vendors were required to meet the criteria; make it, bake it or grow it!

The Festival prides itself on hosting vendors who present handmade original creations that in turn offers a unique shopping experience to those who attend.

The goal of the Arts Festival is to highlight Arts, Agriculture and our Community. In keeping with the Farmer’s Market “buy local” policy, the festival offers a venue for artists to increase the opportunity for the public to buy locally produced items. It is a colourful event for Port Hope that showcases the culture of our community and fuels our community spirit. The art event also augments and promotes our local Farmers’ Market which consists of supporting local economy and offering “green” purchasing alternatives.

Over the past couple years the Festival has started to expand and now includes live entertainment and activities for kids. The Festival remains free to the public.

This year, St. Mark’s Church ran a food booth in Memorial Park and the Port Hope Public Library, Mary J Benson Branch invited youth to create a paper bag puppet.

Other children’s’ activities included, drawing tables and face painting. Debbie Beattie and Luke Despatie from Higgelty Piggelty ran the imagination station, a craft tent full of glitter, glue and endless creative projects for the budding artist.

Local entertainment delighted festival goers with sweet sounds from the bandshell.

Unrehearsed – Lee Bachelor and Bob Trennum played as a duet and serenaded the crowd throughout the morning.

Miguel and Leli Flamenco Show provided entertainment mid-afternoon and EverGreen, led by Ted Dunstan had the crowd up on their feet at the conclusion of the event.

Interested in joining the 2012 Arts Festival? Contact Jeannie Maidens. 905-885-2004 or jmaidens@porthope.ca

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