FULTON – Despite heavy rains more than 60 artists and crafters filled the Fulton War Memorial Ice Arena Saturday for CNY Arts Center’s second annual Arts Fest with a wide variety of handmade original art. Merry Mischief Minstrels strolled through the crowds keeping the atmosphere lively.
A full slate of entertainment headlined by Dave Hawthorn, included Ron Richards, Sean Martin Trio, Day Ja Voo, and Native American Shawl Dancers, followed a talent competition with nearly a dozen acts in 3 age categories.
Talents included storyteller Mary Petersen, bands Old Glory Fades and Far From Over, classical musicians Sofia and Sasha Loayza on cello and violin respectively, singers Lisa Benzing, Hope and Todd MacLean, and Evelyn Horan, hip-hop dancers Cheyenne and Rebekah MacLean, and pianist Ross DeMidio. Beth DeRousie and Christine Tupe judged the competition. Lisa Benzing, Evelyn Horan and Sasha Loyaza each placed first in their age divisions.
Free passes from Thunder Island and Fulton Speedway went to Betty Maute, winner of two raffle drawings; Bob and Sandy Weston who won six free bowling games at Lakeview Lanes, and Leslie Paice who won a gift certificate to Battle Island Golf Club.
Crowds enjoyed fine bbq from Fricken Chicken and Tavern on the Lock, pizza from Cam’s Pizzeria, a wide assortment of sweets from a new local dessert bakery Treat Me Sweet alongside Kiley’s Gourmet Coffees. Sunrise Rotarians spent the day volunteering along with Youth Advocate Program leader Brandi Weaver and other staff.
“We were so pleased with the great variety of arts to choose from and honored to have vendors from as far away as Elbridge and Rochester to name a few,” said Bonnie McClellan, co-chair of the event. “We completely filled the ice arena and are already planning expansions for next year. The economic benefit to the community from this type of event is significant and we expect it to become a featured destination as it grows from year to year.”
Next on the calendar for the arts organization will be an invitation to the public to visit the group’s new facility through the Park St entrance of State St United Methodist Church at 357 State St.
An open house will be held July 1 from 2-6 pm. For more information on the group visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com