Harvest Festival, Oct. 17-18
Live entertainment, hay rides, scarecrow strolls and painting activities for kids, and much more, will highlight a Rockport Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18 in the downtown area.
The weekend of family friendly fun is jointly sponsored by the Rockport Art Festivals Committee and the Chamber of Commerce, managed by volunteers and financially supported by the donations of many local businesses and individuals.
The new non-profit Art Festivals Committee is made up of representatives of the Parent Teacher Organization, the retail sector, innkeepers, and other groups like Rockport Music. It is now charged with running such things as a full-fledged town arts festival, as well as long-standing celebrations like Motif # 1 Day, and other entertainment and educational events that emphasize the special seaside allure and unrivaled artistic heritage of Rockport.
The schedule for Harvest Weekend is listed below and can also be found at www.rockportartfestivals.com. While most events are free, donations are accepted for cider and doughnuts, and fees charged for some events such as pumpkin painting and registration for the Live Scarecrow Parade. Proceeds help offset the costs of this and future committee-sponsored events. New England Fall Food, such as chowder and homemade pies, will be offered for purchase through festival food vendors.
Sarah Kelly, chairperson of the committee, said donations to support the group’s mission are welcome. Checks can be made payable to Rockport Festivals, and sent c/o La Provence, 4 Main St., Rockport.