Taking care of booth artisans
One of the things that the makes the Festival unique is that we take extra care of our booth artisans. Thanks to a partnership with Laurie Gere and Gere-A-Deli, we provide them lunches each day of the Festival - delivered to their booths (by awesome volunteers). This year's menu includes some Gere-A-Deli favorites - Greek Pasta Salad, Mozza Sandwiches and Lasagne.
|Jake Seniuk (left) and James Lapp (best of Show)|
Arts at the Port
Fine art awards presentedMt Vernon artist James Lapp received the $3,000 Best of Show Award at the Arts at the Port Opening July 27th. Juror Jake Seniuk also presented two $1,000 Excellence Awards to Karen Hackenberg from Port Townsend and Natalie Niblack from Mount Vernon. Ruby Tanaka from T-Bailey Inc. selected Cameron Anne Mason from Seattle to receive the $500 T-Bailey Corporate Award. The Anacortes Collects public art purchase pieces included Tracy Powell from LaConner and Alissa Johnson from Anacortes. These pieces will be become part of the permanent art collection of Island Hospital, this year's Anacortes Collects partner. The Peoples Choice Award sponsored by People's Bank will be presented at the end of the show to the artist with the most public votes. Arts at the Port is open during the week and regular Festival hours at the far north end of Commercial Avenue.
|Information booth volunteers|
Volunteering is alive & well
Over 200 volunteers help
The Festival could not happen without the help of local volunteers. These folks typically work 4 hour shifts in the information booths, as docents at the Port, in the Festival beer gardens, preparing and delivering vendor lunches, giving booth artisans a break and helping with production. Team leaders act as liaisons between staff and volunteers - they include Laura Hamilton, Carol Masters, Geralyn Curtis, Constance Wray and Carla Bray. Learn more
Did you know?
Festival no dog policy
The most often heard complaint from Festival attendees is DOGS! It's not that dogs are inherently bad, they just don't belong in a crowded (often hot) Festival setting. There are a number of specific concerns - traffic flow, small children, people with food, interactions with other dogs, exposed artwork. It is our policy to welcome service dogs ONLY. We ask everyone else to please leave their pets at home!