Arts festival set for Keuka Outlet
PENN YAN--The ninth annual Keuka Arts Festival will return to the outlet trail Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. The event is free to attend and open to the public, featuring a variety of arts and crafts along with food, refreshments and live music.
Festival Chairman Christopher Vaughan said there are approximately 110 different vendors, including painting, photography, pottery and jewelry artists. The entertainment line-up includes Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads, John Bolger, Jo-Hannah Reynolds, Meg Williams and The Ampersand Project. Vaughan said the festival wanted to focus on musicians from the local area more this year.
"As far as artists, we have a nice mix of new entities," Vaughan said. "[...] We have got some nice pottery, some metal, some nice acrylics and oils coming. Of course, there is always jewelry for the ladies, so a real nice mix of art."
Local restaurants and wineries will also offer several different dishes throughout the weekend, while the farmers market will feature 100 percent local, seasonal produce. A selection of fine Finger Lakes wines is available for tasting, as well as lemonade and ice cream.
Vaughan noted how the event has been growing from year to year.
"I hope to see 6,000 to 8,000 people this year," Vaughan said. "The first year we had 23 artists and I estimated around 500 people." However, he said due to the space limits of the outlet, their intent is to limit it to around 100 to 110 artists.
Also this year will be the K Train Run/Walk 5K and Kids Train Parade. The event takes place June 11 with registration at 7: 30 a.m. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. sharp. K Train is a community-wide program to boost kindergarten readiness by focusing on reading, talking, eating and playing with one's children. For more, call 860-575-8076.