NORTH EAST — For its second year, the Upper Bay Art Festival will merge the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay with the creativity of local artists and vendors.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Shelter Cover Yacht Basin, and will feature art, food, drinks, boats, music and more. The rain date for the event is Sunday, Aug. 12.
Marion Hess, the marketing director for Galahad Marine, said that after McDaniel Yacht Basin and Shelter Cove Yacht Basin came under new ownership, the new owners had the idea of combining art with the nearby waterfront view.
“They just thought the property was really pretty with its proximity to the water,” Hess said. “They thought it would be a good way to introduce people to come and see the property, see the Northeast River, enjoy a day of fun and get introduced to the boating lifestyle in Cecil County.”
According to Annmarie Hamilton, executive director of the Cecil County Arts Council, last year’s festival drew in about 800 people.
“We had people all day long,” Hamilton said.
This year, there will be 30 to 40 vendors. At least a dozen artists have already registered, and Hamilton said she is still hearing from artists who are interested in showing their work.
Hess said there will be a bounce house, face painting and other family friendly activities to last the whole day.
“We thought if people were going to spend the day, in addition to the artists and the vendors, we tried to have a few events for families,” she said.
However she added that there will also be plenty for the adults to enjoy.
For the first time, this year’s festival will feature wineries and breweries, and will have even more food trucks than last year.
“We thought that most adults would like to have a glass of wine or a drink which would be a nice addition to the day,” Hess said. “We also have food trucks, so you really could spend a good part of the day.”
Admission to the festival is free. Attendees can purchase a glass for $5 which they will then be able to use to taste samples from Chateau Bu-De Winery, Broken Spoke Winery, Turkey Point Vineyard and Firetower Farm Brewery.
Hess said Galahad also sells boats and will have boats on display.
“If people are curious about owning a boat, there will be people to talk to and there will actually be boats on display and in the water,” she said.
Hamilton said the festival is a great opportunity for business owners and community members to network and get to know one another.
“It’s fun to chit chat and hang out with everybody.”