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Arts Alive with Jazz, Rock and a Whole Lot More: June 20, 21, and 22
Falmouth Village will overflow art, music, cultural events and fun for all ages when Arts Alive returns to Falmouth the weekend of June 20, 21, and 22. The free annual festival features over 50 performances and more than 50 artisans spread over the Library Lawn and adjacent Shore Street Extension.
The Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group started things off on a mellow note with a mix of jazz, Latin, pop, funk, blues and rock on Friday, June 21, from 5 to 6 PM.
The Russ Wilcox Jazz Group followed from 6 to 7, performing jazz and Latin standards.
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish took the stage from 7 to 9 PM, playing energetic bluesy dance music for the Town Dance.
The Rock Fest, always eagerly anticipated by Arts Alive attendees, was Saturday night from 6 to 9 PM under the tents on the library lawn. Featured acts included Technicolor Motor Home, Heartbreaker, Paradise Rock, Ghost of Vigoda, 93 North, The Young Westports, Racing Days, Total Harmonic Convergence, and Rula Bula.
Especially for the younger crowd was the Teen Rock Fest from 5 to 6 PM which features Three on the Tree, PUSH 4171, and The Big Fish.
Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, there were performances of all kinds in the Music, Performance, and Library tents, all on the library lawn. A wide variety of folk music, jazz, fiddle music, classical music, and R&B were offered, plus ballet, Egyptian dance, and belly dancing, poetry, theater productions, and children’s activities. Children were delighted by face painting, balloons, the Sidewalk Chalk Art Gallery in front of the library lawn, the children's art and crafts tent coordinated by Meryl’s Music and Art Centers, stories, dance, and more. There was even an instrument “petting zoo,” where musical instruments will be demonstrated. On Saturday and Sunday, Shore Street Extension was transformed into a bazaar of goods made by local artists: paintings, photography, fabric art, pottery, jewelry of all kinds, decorative art, glass, knitted items, baskets and much more. Main Street became an art gallery with artwork displayed in the windows of Falmouth businesses.
How It Happens
Arts Alive is organized each year by ArtsFalmouth, an organization devoted to supporting artists and the arts and introducing people young and old to the delights of the arts. Arts Alive is a free festival supported by sponsorship and individual donations. Visitors can help support this community festival by tossing a buck "into the bucket" when it is passed or into one of the donation boxes placed throughout the festival, or by purchasing raffle tickets or “Support the Arts” buttons. By doing so, visitors will be joining a special group of sponsors that help to keep Arts Alive alive each year: The Falmouth Enterprise, Cape Cod 5, New Balance Falmouth Road Race, Falmouth Village Association, Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, The Woods Hole Foundation, The Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, Falmouth Cultural Council, First Citizens Federal Credit Union of Cape Cod, Bank of Woods Hole, Bank of Cape Cod, Mutual Bank, and TD Bank. Also supporting the festival are the Falmouth Public Library, Wood Lumber Company, and John’s Liquor Store. The Sidewalk Chalk Art Gallery is sponsored by Caline for Kids, CupCapes of Falmouth, Eight Cousins Bookstore, Ghelfi's Candies, Liam McGuire's Irish Pub, Seafood Sam's, Puritan Cape Cod, Treasure Chest, and more.
Arts Alive is seeking volunteers to work for a few hours during the event to help make it a success. Volunteers are needed in three-hour blocks to blow up balloons, sell refreshments, and the like. Strong arms are needed to help set up and break down the event. Volunteer hours are Friday from 1 PM on for set-up; after the music on Friday evening from 9 to 10:30 PM to set up the street tent for Saturday sales; from 9 to 11 PM on Saturday night to help secure equipment, tidy up tables and chairs, and pick up trash; and again on Sunday from 5 PM on to break down the event. All supplies and lavish "thank you’s" are provided. Those who would like to volunteer are asked to call Arts Falmouth at 508-548-2892 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Practical Stuff Parking is available in the Mullen-Hall on Katherine Lee Bates Road and rest rooms are located at the rear of Peg Noonan Park on Main Street. Trash cans and recycle bins provided by Cavossa Disposal Corp will be located throughout the festival. For more information about Arts Alive 2013 or membership information in ArtsFalmouth, visit www.artsfalmouth.org.