A Look at Falmouth’s Arts Alive

I love Arts Alive. It is a wonderful display of local arts and music with a great sense of community.  It took place this year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 18 to 20, and I took videos of various events to share with you.

A taste of Arts Alive. Roger and Judy Day, coordinators of  Arts Alive, say hello.

The Russ Wilcox Band helped to kick things off on Friday night with mellow jazz that got people dancing:

Later, Groovy Afternoon rocked the Town Dance, bringing out more dancers.  Christine Mascott is the lead singer, sounding like Janis Ian, Grace Slick and other woman singers of the 1960s and 70s. Other band members are Paul Mascott on lead guitar), Tracy Ferrie on bass, Byrd Preston on rhythm guitar, and Andrew Ianniello on drums.

On Saturday, artists and craftspeople set out their paintings, jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, and more, filling Shore Street Extension with arts of all kinds.

The Falmouth Artists Guild had a booth, staffed by Kathy Taylor, who told me about guild activities.

Kim Collins of Artful Beadworks had some beautiful beaded necklaces on display and was busy working on more.

Tamara Clark showed off her natural science illustrations and sparkly fish T-shirts.

Singer-songwriter Annie Rich sang her own compositions, folk, and popular music. Here, she sings “You’ve Got a Friend.”

Photographer Suzanne Livingstone shows off some of her photographic note cards.

Donna Vaness of Bead Muse talks about her jewelry: beads, ‘text tiles,” and ancient rocks.

The Sonnay Fiddlers took the stage to play “100 Pipers” and “Cock of the North.” Nikki Engstrom leads this group of her young and not-so-young students. Sonnay stands for “students of Nikki, not all young.”

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Tobai Leighton offered instruction in knotting, for children and teens. They made necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and bookmarks.

Hollis Engley of Hatchville Pottery had functional pottery for all types of uses.

The Falmouth Flute Choir played flute music, here, excerpts from a longer piece, “Galway Fantasie.” Playing with the flute choir are, from left, around the semi-circle, Denise Dias, Fran McLean, Marilyn Brice, Tamara Clark (who also exhibited her art in the festival), Marilyn Rowland (me), and Kathryn McGlynn. (Tamara’s husband Peter shot this video for me.)

Nicole Bergeron talks about making Ukrainian eggs from real eggs.

Entertainment of Saturday featured rock bands and lots of them. Here are some performances by Funktapuss and DoubleBind.

I was sorry not to be able to attend on Sunday. There were many more musicians, entertainers, and artists and craftspeople. The weather was perfect–a great weekend for the arts!

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