To the editor:
Arts Fest Beverly on June 15 was a fantastic event! Cabot Street was buzzing with a record number of people who came downtown to spend the day, shop at the artist booths, enjoy live entertainment and have a relaxing lunch at the food court. The sun shone as shoppers carrying Arts Fest tote bags browsed the stunning jewelry, pottery, paintings, photographs and more.
Arts Fest Beverly is the signature event of Beverly Main Streets, and our volunteers had been meeting for the past six months to make this the best Arts Fest yet. Special thanks goes to committee co-chair Kathleen Moore and our dedicated committee members: Deanna Pierpan, Janice Preston, Debbie Brown, Gayel Cote, Jessica Susan, Julia Campbell, Katharine Shairs-Phillips, Sandra Griffel, Suzie LaMont and Tina McManus. We would also like to thank the dozens of event volunteers who worked together starting at 6 a.m. to set up, clean up and welcome everyone to Arts Fest.
On Friday, the festivities began at the Arts Fest Beverly Opening Night Reception, hosted by the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College. The reception launched the Community Art Exhibition, which showcases works of art submitted by Beverly artists and includes a special display by the 2013 featured artist Margo Jones, creator of the Beverly’s New Year grand procession costumes. The fun continued on Saturday during Arts Fest as more than 100 artists set up their booths on Cabot Street, community groups provided free kids activities at Ellis Square and food vendors served up lunch at the food court.
Arts Fest Beverly’s major sponsors include TD Bank, Endicott College, The Salem News, Beverly Rotary Club, Landmark School and People’s United Bank. Many other businesses and organizations also supported us with donations and volunteers. Thank you to our “Moveable Feast” food court table sponsors: Anchor Pub & Grille, Cranney Home Services, Cummings Center, Endicott College Center for the Arts, North Shore Karate Academy, The Healing Center and Todd’s Sporting Goods. Thank you to our “Shop Till You Drop” chair sponsors: Art Studios at Porter Mill, Gentle Dental, Good Mojo Tattoos, Jubilee Yacht Club, Michael McManus - Fine Home Painting, Plum Consignment, Prides Crossing Confections, Siemasko + Verbridge, St. John the Evangelist School, Tina McManus Realtor - Bean Group, Wes Slate - City Council V.P. and Winfrey’s Fudge & Chocolates.
A round of applause goes to our “in kind” sponsors: BevCam, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Beverly Public Library, Beverly Recreation Department, Beverly Rotary Club, Casa de Moda, CCI Reprographics, Chianti Tuscan Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, Dane Street Church, Endicott College, First Baptist Church, First Parish Church, Greater Beverly YMCA, Henry’s Wine Cellar, Herman A. Spear Post 331 - American Legion, Improbable Places Poetry Tour, J. Campbell Social Marketing, Jacquie Spector Photography, John Archer / Archer Insurance, Maui Beverages, Memorial United Methodist Church, Mix 104.1 Ice Cream Truck / CBS Radio, Montserrat College of Art, Nick Zarkades Design, Philip Coleman, Salem Plumbing and Designer Bath, Soma Restaurant, Star Sign and Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt.
We would also like to extend a very special thank you to Sgt. Russ Rollins and the Beverly Police Department and the City of Beverly. Thanks again to the sponsors and volunteers that make Arts Fest possible; your dedication is what makes this downtown event not only a success but a special day for the entire community.
If you are interested in joining the committee or becoming a sponsor, please call us at 978-922-8558. We invite you to join us at “THE BLOCK,” our first downtown block party on July 13!
Arts Fest Committee Co-Chair
Beverly Main Streets