SOBO Arts Fair: Boyne City celebrates the arts with food, music and fun June 28-29
Local artist June Storm will have her paintings for sale at the Boyne Arts Collective on Lake Street in Boyne City today, Friday and in Peninsula Park on Saturday during the SOBO Arts Festival. (COURTESY PHOTO / June 28, 2013)
“The festival’s mission is to celebrate the visual, performing, written and audible arts,” said event chairperson Kathy MacDonald. “In Boyne City that’s entertainment, great art, great music, great food and great fun for the entire family.”
Music will fill the downtown streets as the festival opens during Stroll the Streets 6-9 p.m. today, Friday, June 28. A variety of musicians, jugglers and magicians will perform on the sidewalks. People will enjoy business open houses, including a beer tasting at the Thirsty Goat.
Festival attendees are set to dance to the Bay Area Big Band on Lake Street in the SOBO Arts District 7-9 p.m. today, Friday, June 28. This 17-member band builds on a proud tradition of the historic bands of Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller. Their appearance is funded by a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Local singer Robin Lee Berry will be performing with the band.
At 7:45 p.m., auctioneer Scott MacKenzie will take the stage to take bids on an original oil painting “Sail” by Jasmine Witthoeft. The painting was used in fliers and posters for the festival, and the original is on display at the Boyne Arts Collective gallery.
Artists who will exhibit in Saturday’s art fair will preview some of their pieces Friday.
The SOBO Arts Festival will host a juried art fair, a kids’ tent, musical entertainment and an arts demonstration tent at Peninsula Beach Park, just a short distance from downtown Boyne City, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 29.
On Saturday, Gaeyle and Hannah Gerrie will sing Americana Folk music at 10 a.m. and noon at Peninsula Beach Park.
“We thought it would be fun to host a Kids’ Court,” MacDonald said. In the Kids’ Court tent, there will be storytelling, arts and crafts projects, treasure hunts and music from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A magician will entertain in the Kids’ Court from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Singer-songwriter Kirby will entertain the children with songs from his newly-released CD, “Kirby for Kids and Childish Adults.”
Children’s librarian Monica Kroondyk said, “Be prepared, you might spot a Sand Pirate or two as children ‘Dig into Reading,’ a program we are presenting this summer at the Boyne District Library.”
Demonstrations in fiber artistry, basket weaving, spin art painting, and lace-making, as well as make-it, take-it workshops will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the demonstration tent. Meg McClorey will teach how to make pottery bowls in one make-it take-it where the bowls will be sold with soup and bread for an October “Empty Bowls” project with the proceeds going to feed the hungry through The Manna Project.
A new event added to the festival is sand-castle building on Peninsula Beach 9 a.m.-noon. A team headed up by Doug Melvin will build an exhibition castle. Sand pails and shovels will also be available for children to create their own castles.
In addition to creative art and cultural experiences, food vendors will be on hand in Peninsula Park, and Boyne City’s downtown restaurants are all within walking distance. There is no admission fee for any of the festival activities.
For more information, visit www.soboartsfestival.com or call Kathy MacDonald at (269) 832-0496 or the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 582-6222.