Fun and food at Slater Park Fall Festival this weekend

Fun and food at Slater Park Fall Festival this weekend

PAWTUCKET - Organizers of the 15th Pawtucket Arts Festival will present the "Slater Park Fall Festival, a weekend that celebrates art and the beauty of Slater Park, this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The festival will include activities at the Daggett Farm, the Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the historic Daggett House.

More than 120 arts and craft vendors will be showcased in this juried festival that features an "open air market" of food trucks, a farmers market, crafts, exhibitions, music and activities.

Visitors to the park are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for a "weekend of community spirit, performances and art."

There will be special performances by the legendary Cowsills at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic "Pops in the Park" at 5:30 p.m., sponsored in part by the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance.

Local food trucks featured during the Slater Park Fall Festival will include Mijos Tacos, Julians, Plouf Plouf Gastronomie, Flour Girls, Len's Hot Dog Haven, Spumoni's Restaurant, Uncle Tony's Pizza and Harris Robert's Kettle Korn.

Picnic tables will be set up near the Looff Carousel, where rides are still only 25 cents, making for a great spot to enjoy fare from food trucks and local restaurants, according to organizers.

On Saturday, from noon to 12:45 p.m., the Pawtucket Cancer Control Task Force will present the school winners of the fourth World "No Tobacco Day" Poetry Slam. Students from Pawtucket elementary schools will "slam" an original poem with an anti-tobacco message at the "family stage."

At 1 p.m. Saturday, "Flooky and the Super Cool Beans" will offer "super cool fun for super cool kids," followed by the colorfully costumed Greek Dancers from the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church on Walcott Street, who will share traditional Greek dance with the crowds at 2 p.m.

All performances will happen near the Parks and Recreation office.

From noon to 3 p.m., the Classic Car Cruise will be parked near Daggett Farm.

Twins Stephen Ellery Manning and Susan Manning O'Brian will hold an exhibition of their paintings in the "group show" in the main gallery of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, while a "staff show" will be featured all weekend in the library. Across the street, find ongoing tours in the 1685 Daggett House, the oldest house in Pawtucket.

Pawtucket-based artist Philippe LeJeune will bring "forms of illusion into reality" with his interactive and engaging outdoor installation titled "Magical Confusion."

From 1 to 4 p.m., Marvelous Marvin will create "circus art" along the street. A "renegade circus family" of Big Nazo characters will rove through the park all weekend.

On Sunday, an outdoor farmers market is planned from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Parks and Recreation office. At noon and 2 p.m., two dance performances will be presented on the Kids Stage from Part of the Oath. The "Chicken Little" performances are directed by Pawtucket resident-artist Colleen Cavanaugh and sponsored in part by the Friends of the Pawtucket Library.

At 1 p.m., Rock-A-Baby RI will perform whimsical songs for children of all ages. From 1 to 4 p.m., Marvelous Marvin creates 'circus art' along the street.

"All that's Irish" can be found at the second James McNally Wilson Irish Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Daggett Stage. Performers include Tom Lanigan Band, Rakish Paddy, John Egan Band and Damhsa Irish Dance.

Demonstrations by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners on making fall baskets can be found at the Daggett Farm. Fiber artists and weavers from Flying Shuttle Studios will be there too. Also at the Daggett Farm, the Peace Flag Project, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrates a 'Month of Peace' by inviting the public to create a "flag of peace."

A fireworks display sponsored in part by the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance and Bristol County Savings Bank caps off the two Sunday music performances by the Cowsills and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Other ongoing activities throughout the weekend include "Living Statues" by students from the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in Woonsocket, face-painting, paddleboat rides, Daggett House tours, the Pawtucket Bookmobile, and the Looff Carousel.

The "pet friendly" festival has something for everyone, including the Pawtucket Dog Park for canine friends.

For more information and a complete list of activities and times, visit www.pawtucketartsfestival.org or call 401-724-2200.