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June 27, 2013

Marblehead's annual festival celebrates art, music, film and fun


Fine art, including painting, sculpture, photography, crafts and a few other media will be exhibited every day of the festival at King Hooper Mansion, Abbot Hall and several other locations.

For anyone who would like to watch art being made, plein air painters — painters who work outdoors — will assemble at Marblehead Arts Association at 9 a.m. on Thursday, before dispersing around Marblehead to paint its many beautiful views.

Writers take part in the Festival of Arts at Writers’ World, which convenes workshops and presentations at the Unitarian Universalist Church, where writers also meet to read works and discuss craft at the Literary Arts Cafe.

An artisans’ marketplace is staged on the grounds of Abbot Hall on Saturday and Sunday, showcasing jewelry and arts and crafts by 36 artisans from around the region.

Family events start Thursday at Devereux Beach where, in addition to making and flying kites, people can enter a sandcastle competition.

Model boat building will be studied, and a regatta will be held at Redd’s Pond on Friday. A children’s festival on Saturday morning at Abbot Hall will offer art and activities for children 10 and younger.

On Sunday, the street festival will close Washington Street to cars and fill it with performers, food and face painters.

If you go What: Marblehead Festival of Arts When: Wednesday, July 3, at 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 7, at 4 p.m. Where: Locations throughout Marblehead including Crocker Park, Devereux Beach, Washington Street, Abbot Hall, King Hooper Mansion, Redd's Pond, and other sites. Information: Almost everything at the festival is free. For a detailed schedule of events, and information about free trolleys running between parking at Marblehead High School (on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and on all the exhibits and events, visit

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