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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!

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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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Pinkberry Supports Art is Smart!

1 Sep

Don’t forget to visit the Pinkberry’s “handcrafted frozen yogurt bar” in the Warwick Mall or Garden City Center today (Sunday, Sept. 1st) to help support Art is Smart! 

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Just mention Festival Fete or Art is Smart and 20% of all proceeds will go to Art is Smart! Thanks so much for your support and enjoy your “froyo”!

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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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Featured Artist: Apiary Designs

27 Aug

Meet Megan Labrecque. She’s the smiling face that you will see when you stop by her booth, Apiary Designs at both the East Greenwich and Wakefield Art Festivals. Megan and her mom make aprons for kids and adults as well as catnip mats, tote bags, buntings/banners and gadget cozies. Please read on to learn more about Apiary Designs and be sure to visit their booth on August 31st in East Greenwich!

LabrequeMeganNancyHow long have you and your mom been in business together?

We started Apiary Designs in 2008.  Nancy had been sewing for many years, and I had some ideas to expand on her existing designs.  We started experimenting, and one of my friends who owned a gift shop in Providence not only encouraged us but began carrying our products!  As our business began to grow, we needed a company name, and since we are busy bees, we became Apiary Designs.

LabrecqueBill2The cheerful fella that is in the booth with you…I assume that’s your husband? You both always have such happy, smiling faces!

My husband Bill is the one in the pink cupcake apron!  It’s a great conversation starter that draws people into the booth, and he always gets a lot of attention – from the ladies who giggle and squeal at him to the men who solemnly shake his hand while simultaneously shaking their heads!  I’m truly grateful for all of Bill’s help and support – Apiary Designs wouldn’t be the same without him.

labrecque2You seem to have a great flair for accessories that kids like, do you have any kids?

We don’t have any children, but we do have two feline kids who are enthusiastic supervisors in the studio – especially when I’m making catnip activity mats.  Nancy can usually get a chuckle out of our customers by pointing out the picture of her “grandcat” Ginger on the catnip activity mats.

What can you tell me about your fabric selections?

???????????????????????????????Brick and mortar fabric stores are increasingly difficult to find!  It’s always preferable to examine the quality and scale of a fabric in person, but most of our fabric is sourced online so we can keep bringing you the unusual prints that have become our trademark.

What’s your work schedule like…do you have a certain time of day that you prefer to sew?

My work schedule is crazy!  Both Nancy and I work full time – together, at our family business – so we fit sewing into our schedules in the evening or on weekends when we don’t have shows.  Bill travels all week for work, so I keep busy when he’s out of town at one of my sewing machines!

???????????????????????????????When we first started, our sewing room was at Nancy’s house – now that Apiary Designs has grown so much, we each have our own studio.  Between the two of us, we have four sewing machines, two sergers, a cover stitch machine, and two super high powered irons.  Believe it or not, ironing is way more time consuming than sewing!

Any hobbies or other interests you’d like to share?

Sewing must be genetic – not only has my mother taught me everything I know about sewing, my paternal grandparents have also contributed to my sewing background.  My Grandma Alice is an accomplished seamstress who has been making me clothes since I was a baby and always had time to sit me down at the serger or sewing machine to keep me busy during summer vacations.  My Grandpa Maynard has taken his background as a math teacher to a whole new level by creating amazing quilts – we’re lucky to have some of his creations to display on our beds and even on our walls!

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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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