Arts festival debuts this weekend
PENN YAN -- The annual Keuka Arts Festival along the outlet trail is set for this weekend, Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.
The festival, now celebrating 10 years, will feature the work of more than 75 local and regional artists and craftsmen. In the tented booths that stretch from the outlet boat launch to the Main Street bridge, a visitor will find jewelry, woodwork, photography, paintings, fiber art, glass and pottery, cards, metal work and more. Whether it's Betty Green's Garden Treasures (pictures created entirely from petals, leaves, seeds and grasses), Jeanne Bunnell's Bouquet of Baskets, Tyler Smith's illustrations, Bill Grimes' woodworking, henna tattoos, nature photographs and books by popular local authors.
In addition to artwork from familiar artists and those new to the festival, there will also be a number of food and refreshment booths, including maple products, kettle corn, food trucks serving up a wide variety of fun festival food, fresh lemonade and tastings of "adult beverages" from many local breweries and wineries, including Abandon Brewery, Deep Root Vineyard, Red Tail Ridge Winery, Climbing Bines and LyonSmith Brewery. This year the festival also welcomes Thousand Islands Winery from New York's "north country" region. The children's tent offers a variety of creative activities for younger members of the family and Bristol Mountain will have their portable adventure park on-site for older kids looking for a little excitement.
Musicians will also perform throughout the weekend at three festival venues. This year's musical line-up includes Jo-Hannah Reynolds, John Bolger, Hanna PK, Rebecca Colleen & the Chore Lads and others. All performances are free, as is admission to the festival.
The Keuka Arts Festival is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. Free parking is available at the ballfields on Route 54A and around Main Street in the village. Limited parking is also available at the outlet park off Keuka Street for those with accessibility issues. For more, check the Keuka Arts Festival website, www.keukaartsfestival.com.