Vernal Arts & Music Festival brings new event to Chase Farm

Vernal Arts & Music Festival brings new event to Chase Farm

Artist Paul M. Cote has created 35 works inspired by Chase Farm Park that he will display during his Vernal Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 31. He will perform a live painting demonstration, while his finished works are on exhibit throughout the weekend at Hearthside House. (Valley Breeze photo by Meghan Kavanaugh)

LINCOLN - Chase Farm Park will be the site of the inaugural Vernal Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 31, from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

The free event, which will feature music and dancing on stage as well as a 200-piece exhibit of student artwork, has been organized by artist Paul M. Cote of Cumberland, who regularly visits the 669 Great Road park to find inspiration for his paintings.

(See page 1 of the Living section for more on the event.)

"I think it's a great idea. We're looking forward to it," said Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond. "It's a way of introducing something new on the farm. It seems like it's going to be designed to showcase what's there."

The festival also includes an exhibit of 35 of Cote's works at Hearthside House, 677 Great Road. ARTside at Hearthside, a cocktail party and auction, will be held Thursday, May 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., for $45 a ticket, with proceeds benefitting Friends of Hearthside and the Alzheimer's Association.

The exhibit will also be open, with a $10 admission, from noon to 4 p.m. on May 31.

During the festival, children's events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the main event of music and dance will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Food trucks will be on site.

The rain date is June 1.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to ARTside, contact Cote at paulmcoteart@hotmail.com or 401-226-5296.

Visit www.vernalarts.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/vernalartsfest to learn more.