Arts festival returns this weekend
PENN YAN--After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Keuka Arts Festival will return Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, with over 50 artists, vendors and free entertainment on the Keuka Outlet Trail in Penn Yan. Usually held in June, event organizers say they are going out of their way to ensure a fun and safe family-friendly experience.
"To hold this for the community, a fun and safe and family-friendly event with free entertainment is important," said Kris Pearson, executive director for Arts Center of Yates County. "And while it has been a challenge to put it together, I think it's a real benefit to our community as a whole."
Pearson said organizers are concerned by the recent uptick in COVID transmission in Yates County, which is currently designated as red or high transmission, and has taken additional precautions as a result.
"We are going to have fewer vendors than in previous years, giving them more space to stay spread out," Pearson added. "And we are also giving more space for area nonprofits to put out information about their activities and role in the community as a whole."
While selling art is inherent to the event itself, Pearson said it is just as important to allow other non-profits in the area to let the community at large know what they are doing to help improve the Yates County quality of life.
"We want to be able to promote our community as well as supporting our artists," said Pearson.
This year's festival will include Kim Cutler Ceramics, Janis Long Designs, Originals by Janel Janca, Carriage House Creations and a trio of popular local writers - Roz Murphy, C.T. Collier and Beverly Wells as well as a number of young artists and artists new to the event including Antler Wears, Bouquet of Baskets, In a Glaze, BMF Pottery and the Idea Collective.
Food will be served by the Penn Yan Elks Club along with Thelma's Food Truck, Seneca Farms Ice Cream and Salt City Sweet Spot. Krooked Tusker and Antler Run distilleries are planned to offer tastings.
The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit www.keukaartsfestival.com.