NARROWSBURG, NY (July 23, 2015) – What started off in 1991 as a modest gathering of artists displaying their work and celebrating the beauty of the Upper Delaware River has flourished over the past 25 years into a flagship event for the hamlet of Narrowsburg, and the Upper Delaware River community at large.
Today, over 50 artisans and craft-makers come from around the region to join in this unique street fair celebrating the interplay of art and music with river ecology.
Vendor tents line both sides Narrowsburg’s Main Street from one end to the other, featuring handmade handmade items from puppets to pottery, from soaps to sweaters for dogs.
Join DVAA this year in celebrating the 25th Annual Riverfest on Sunday, July 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Narrowsburg, NY. Sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, Riverfest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists and musicians who live and work here.
The family-friendly River Dogs on Parade opens the festivities at 10 a.m. sharp. Pooches and pups dressed up in creative attire strut their stuff, all hoping to win the “best of” awards, while emcee Kevin McDonough offers running commentary and the Dog Parade judges deliberate (register your dog early by calling the DVAA at 845-252-7576, or sign up that morning by 9:45 a.m.).
At 12:30 p.m., the Riverfest poster auction offers up of over five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion. Artists working in every conceivable medium from watercolor to fabric to wood, donate their work to be sold to the highest bidder by auctioneer Tony Staffieri. These posters are on display in the gallery windows of the Delaware Arts Center and can also be previewed online at www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.
Everything for sale at Riverfest is artist-made, and the person who is selling it to you is the artist him/herself. Broom makers; potters; jewelers; textile, wood, and glass artists; writers, and painters are all highlighted. Get a book signed by the author or watch a fly tier making the perfect fly for the perfect catch.
Music at the bandstand fills the air throughout the day. In the morning, enjoy the pop country sounds of Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers, featuring Chip Forelli, Marc Switko, CF Jones, and Doug Rogers. And in the afternoon, you’ll hear the groove rock and psychedelic country blues by Lion Zen, with Kevin McDaniel, JG Riley, Greg Castro, and Simon Efrein.
DVAA’s new carnival-style game, “BASS-ketball,” will allow kids, and young-at-heart adults, to try their hand at tossing a fish to win a prize. The game is being created by DVAA board member and designer Hans Küng.
The expanded food court, which will be in a new location this year, at the top of the hill behind the National Bank of Delaware County, offers goodies from sesame noodles and hot dogs to roasted corn and tabbouleh.
Environment and energy efficiency information booths will help you wade through the complexities of clean water, clean air, and energy conservation.
Frontier Communications provides free Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Main Street. Visitors and vendors alike can join "FrontierCommunicationsFreeWiFi" network and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the day.
Ample free parking can be found at the Fireman’s field/ball field on DeMauro Lane. A complimentary shuttle service from the parking area to the Tusten Theatre will be provided again this year with assistance from First Student.
Follow the signs to Riverfest and enjoy a full day of celebrating the arts and environment.
Admission is free. For more information call 845-252-7576 or visitwww.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.