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8 Aug

It’s finally, suddenly summer. Hot and humid, crowded, and undeniably, August. The upside to cluttered roads and beaches? There’s just SO much to do! Indoors and out. Here are a few spots we’re headed to this month…

South County

Saturday, August 9th:  The Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce present Riverglow, Westerly’s take on waterfire. A community event  with music, food, family activities and more, centered around a beautiful, watery spectacle starting at 7 pm.

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Sunday, August 10th:  The 3rd annual Green Market Festival in South Kingstown. We’ll find any excuse to head to The Farmer’s Daughter, so an outdoor festival at the acclaimed nursery and garden center makes this one a no-brainer. And Big Nazo will be there, even better!

Newport

Saturday, Aug. 16th – Sunday Aug. 17th:  Wet Paint 2014 at the Newport Art Museum. Participate as an artist, or watch as artists ply their craft at locations around Newport on Saturday and then bid on works you love in silent and live auctions on Sunday.

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Cape Cod

Thursday, August 14  (And every remaining Thursday this month): Wellfleet Artisan Market. Local artists from the Cape and surrounding areas show off and sell their various crafts. We love every vendor there!

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Providence

August 5th-10th: Catch the last half of FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2014 screening of more than 200 films this year at various venues including PPAC and (our favorite!) the Jamestown Arts Center.

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Boston

Saturday, August 16th: The Greenway Open Market, part of Sowa, Boston’s string of outdoor markets. This one sets up on the new Rose Kennedy Greenway and features a weekly crop of the city’s arts and crafts vendors.

And finally, back in East Greenwich, RI!

Saturday, Aug. 23rd – Sunday, Aug. 24th: Festival Fete’s 4th annual East Greenwich Art Festival. We’re excited to welcome a whole lot of vendors past as well as a string of newcomers to this stop on our circuit. Live music, activities for the family, food trucks galore and more. This will be THE festival to close the month. See you there!

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Thanks for reading and get out there this month! Stay tuned and see you soon…

 

 

 

New Year, New Festivals!

12 Jan

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They say it’s the Year of the Horse, but we’re calling it the Year of the Festival…

We’ve got exciting news: Festival Fete has added TWO NEW SHOWS to the festival lineup for 2014!

Our first new show will kick off the season right in the heart of beautiful, downtown Newport, RI on Bowen’s Wharf, just outside The Landing Restaurant. A historic seaport overlooking Newport Harbor, Bowen’s Wharf is home to some of Newport’s finest boutiques and eateries, as well as 18th century commercial wharf buildings. Stroll along the water, check out the architecture, eat, shop, and be merry at the 1st annual Newport Art Festival, June 28th and 29th from 10am – 5pm daily.

Next up is the 1st annual Festival Fete Emerald Square Art Show, in North Attleboro, MA. This event marks Festival Fete’s first venture out of Rhode Island, and we are so excited to have the opportunity to connect local artists and artisans with the wider New England community! Held outside the Emerald Square Mall, and conveniently located right off the interstate, this show will be a crowd-pleaser. Join us on July 26th from 10am – 5pm for some locally grown art, food, and merriment in The Bay State!

Here’s where else we’ll be in 2014:

The 2nd annual Wakefield Art Festival will be held  along Main Street and the Saugatuck River in historic, downtown Wakefield, Rhode Island on October 4th from 10am – 5pm.

The 4th annual East Greenwich show will be back at New England Tech. Dates and times TBA shortly.

The 4th annual Garden City Center Art Festival in Cranston, RI. Dates and times TBA shortly.

Check out our website or the FAQ page for more detail on show locations.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Many Thanks to our Community for Supporting the East Greenwich Art Festival!

4 Sep

ff_060813_0456What a weekend! It always amazes me to witness and engage in the magical process of opening Festival Fete‘s “Festival in a Box” and see a dynamic, energetic, and creative community event unfold. Through the expert planning, organization, problem solving, brainstorming and sweat of Festival Fete’s team, a simple parking lot is converted into a spectacular festival!

This past weekend at the East Greenwich Art Festival we had our challenges. Saturday was a little cloudy but it turned out to be a spectacular day for all. Saturday nights’ weather fury brought a driving rain and wind that made a big mess on the festival site – and sadly some artists lost inventory and tents. But Sunday morning there was an incredible workforce of support from everyone working together to put the pieces back together again and welcome the crowds back in.

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We would not be able to do it without you – the community, the artists, performers, food makers, sponsors, and the young kids who bring an energy that makes everyone at the festival feel young and creative! So on behalf of everyone at Festival Fete…THANK YOU….and SEE YOU AT THE NEXT SHOW!

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Festive Entertainment at the East Greenwich Art Festival this Weekend!

29 Aug

This weekend at the East Greenwich Art Festival you will find a wide variety of festive entertainment in addition the contemporary American art and crafts! Everything from live music, a photo booth, magician, mime, Irish dancers, hula hoop demonstrations and Rhode Island’s own Big Nazo!

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HoopsAlisha Almeida and Valerie Poirier, the founders of All Things Grow With Love, believe in sharing their passions and creativity in hopes of inspiring others to follow the path of a joyful life. Currently, their main focus is hoop dance, though that is constantly evolving. Whatever the avenue may be, Valerie and Alisha believe that self-expression is the key to unlocking our full potential, and that a life lived from the heart is the only kind worth living.

At the East Greenwich Art Festival, All Things Grow With Love will be selling handmade hoops and ribbon wands, as well as sharing their knowledge and love for dance and self-expression.

Festival Fete is a family friendly, free event so bring the whole family for some festive food, entertainment, creative shopping and Festival Fete’s Creation Station where everyone can get their creative groove on!

See you at the festival!

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Here it is! The East Greenwich Art Festival Playbill!

28 Aug

If you like to plan ahead (like me), you might enjoy taking a look at the East Greenwich Art Festival Playbill to see which artists you are going to make sure to visit.

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Did you know that there is a notes section so you can keep track of important things to remember? When I go to an art festival, I tend to wander through the whole show making notes on which booths I want to come back to, then make my decision on what to purchase after I’ve seen it all.  How do you “do” an art festival? Are you a spontaneous shopper, a browser or do you plan your purchases carefully?

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The other great thing about the playbill is that all of the vendors websites are listed so that you can get in touch with them later for more information. There’s a lot more handy info in the playbill so be sure to stop by the information booth to pick one up – this weekend – Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm daily at the New England Tech Campus on Division Road in East Greenwich. Tomorrow I will post more about the Creation Station and the entertainment schedule!

See you at the festival!

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Who Doesn’t Love a Little Magic?

25 Aug

Meet the Performer: Eddie Raymond the Magician will be at the East Greenwich Art Festival

If you’ve been to a Festival Fete show, then you may have had the pleasure of meeting our resident magician, Eddie Raymond. When I first met him at the East Greenwich Art Festival last year, I figured he was going to simply entertain my kids with some cool tricks…but in a matter of minutes he had me amazed and cracking up.

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Eddie Raymond, the Magician will once again be at the East Greenwich Art Festival this labor day weekend, 8/31 and 9/1. He will be strolling from 12-3 pm on Saturday. Eddie has a really interesting life story, and we are lucky enough to share his story with you today.

ff_060813_0371Tell us a little about how you began your career in magic.

I have been performing magic full time for 23 years. In 1988 I was attending a church in Chicago where I was asked to help with vacation Bible school. I had to work with a dozen kids for 3 days. After the first day I was so nervous I called a magic shop and told them I had $100, I need something colorful and easy to help illustrate Bible lessons. Prior to that, I never really cared for magic. The kids got so excited about the magic tricks, and it did something for me. I started buying gadgets and prop magic, then I decided to practice sleight of hand. I got pretty good fast, won a local contest sponsored by Nabisco and got a contract to work for them for 3 months. People started calling with no advertising or marketing. In just two years time from picking up my first magic trick I quit my job as a baker and jumped in. The business kind of built itself and here I am 23 years later. I have performed in every imaginable venue from kids birthdays to corporate settings, TV campaigns, weddings, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs and many, many others.

ff_060813_0340I understand that you have a pretty big family that keeps you busy and you decided to home school?

I have 7 incredible children. My wife home schooled 6 of them through 8th grade. We started home schooling inspired by friends who shared their experiences with us. Coupled with my working some nights and weekends with my new performing career, it seemed to be the right way to go. I’m extremely happy we chose that route as we have acquired quality family time memories that I will cherish forever. Our family’s faith in God has been the center of our lives. That’s what really keeps it all together.

What do your kids think of your job?

My kids all love what I do, but none of them chose to follow in my footsteps. Maybe that’s a good thing. All of my kids friends love me and think I’m pretty cool.

ff_060813_0338We love having you perform at a Festival Fete show. Can you tell us about your experiences at the festival?

Festival Fete is a very fun place for me to do my thing. I enjoy close up magic because it creates more intimate experiences with my audience. I feel I can entertain a 5 year old, a teenager and a professional person all at the same time. Festival Fete lends itself very well to my strolling comedy and magic.

What are some of the other events you do? And how can our readers contact you if they are interested?

I am literally available for hire at any event. I do back yard cook outs, graduations, weddings, kids parties, adult parties, anniversaries, school assembly or class room shows, I perform weekly at a Pediatric  dentist office in Lexington , grand openings, promotions, fund raisers, there isn’t a venue I can’t add some fun to. My web site is eddieraymond.com. Phone is 978 895 1309.

If you’re planning to come to the East Greenwich Art Festival on Saturday, August 31st, don’t miss your chance to say hello to Eddie Raymond, The Magician!

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Guided Tour of Festival Fete by Leah DeCesare

20 Aug

Many thanks to Leah DeCesare, blogger for Mother’s Circle for today’s post!
Festival fete logo, festival fete RI, local artists, local artisans, local art anywhereFestival Fete creates amazing local community art festivals but even if you’re not a Rhode Islander, you can still enjoy the contemporary American craft artists that Festival Fete features.

At the Garden City Art Festival in June, with over 140 artists, live music, strolling entertainment, free kids’ crafts and local foods, I met some fantastic artisans and want to share some with you.

Monica Rodgers through her company Little Bits by Monica Rodgers makes the cutest car seat covers for infants and toddlers! I love this idea so you can wash the cover and not deal with taking all those buckles in and out – perfect way to manage crumbs and spills while keeping your car seats neater!

festival fete vendors, festival fete artists, patterned peacock, tshirt skirts The Patterned Peacock creates “prints for your home filled with color and character.” I loved the designs she used and so many would be perfect in a baby’s nursery or a child’s bedroom.

Here are two very similar skirts made all out of recycled shirts. Jupiter Girl skirts are “cool skirts handmade from 100% recycled tees.” They are double layered and very well made. I also like Look at Me Designs which makes a different style single-layer skirt from old T-shirts as well as other apparel items. I wore my nautical-colored skirt for 4th of July and got compliments all day long!

Lotus Life “is all about living your life with a lotus-like mind and heart, taking all of the powerful teachings and symbolism of a lotus and allowing yourself to be mindful, compassionate, and open in your life.” They design T-shirts perfect for Moms and yogi Moms!

Check out these upcycled kids’ clothes from Margaret DeBruin, she makes winter hats, sun hats, dresses, hoodies, mittens and other accessories all made from recycled fabrics.

Airmeith Naturals is “committed to creating distinctive products that delight the senses and soothe the soul, while respecting the planet and promoting health and well-being in our daily lives.” Their handcrafted gifts include herbal therapy pillows, chakra, perfume and massage oils, sachets, teas, creams, powders, salts and more.

I love the photographer Diana Brennan whose images are “art inspired by science.” Her images are clean andfestival fete local art anywhere, local art, festival fete artisans, festival fete, lotus tshirts, lotus symbol, feather photographs beautiful and you can get them on a iPhone cover to carry with you! I particularly love the starfish and the feathers.

You can access Mon Petit Tresor RI, a term of endearment which means “My Little Treasure” in French, from anywhere through their etsy shop. They sell creative, fun headbands, accessories, clothing and decor like nursery art and mobiles.

For cute bibs and other kiddo apparel, Fawn Over Me is “where vintage style marries fresh, colorful design.” There is a fun selection of items all upcycled with vintage style.

I’m grateful that Festival Fete is local for me, I attend the winter Holiday Market each year and it’s become a special day to spend with my daughter. One year, I bought a unique bracelet of buttons another we got really neat hair clips. We love to buy gifts of local jewelry, accessories, clothing and crafts. I never leave empty-handed!

Upcoming Festival Fete dates for you local folks:

East Greenwich Art Festival – August 31 & September 1, 2013 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily Wakefield Art Festival – October 5, 2013 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Festival Fete’s Holiday Market – December 8, 2013 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI.

Festival Fete also has a non-profit companion called Art is Smart which supports public education programs.

*I received a $20 gift certificate as a thank you for writing about Festival Fete. Leah @ http://www.motherscircle.net

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