Scituate Art Festival set to return in 2021

Scituate Art Festival set to return in 2021

SCITUATE – Back with a new plan, the Scituate Art Festival Committee has announced the event’s return for 2021, with a renewed enthusiasm for the 55th year, which is scheduled for Oct. 9-11, said Festival Committee President Paul Leveillee.

Leveillee said the festival will go on with safety protocols in place, coordinating with the town and Emergency Management Director Todd Manni to see what can and can’t be done.

The committee will hold a meeting in July that will give a “great sounding board for what we can do in October,” Leveillee said.

“We are planning on having the complete event, but this is subject to state and local rules,” he said.

Committee member Reggie Centracchio said the group is in the planning phases for the festival, saying several safety contingencies must be met.

Centracchio said he’s planned all the music for the event and is hoping to get clearance from the town.

“I’m hopeful we’ll go ahead with it,” he said.

Centracchio said festival organizers can control what artists and exhibitors do during the show, but can’t be responsible for other events held concurrently with the festival.

“Whoever decides to hold a yard sale or other activities is strictly up to the town,” Centracchio said.

The Scituate Art Festival was canceled for the first time in 54 years last year due to impacts of the pandemic. Despite not holding the festival, the Scituate Art Festival Committee, originally created to fund renovations and repairs to the Scituate Congregational Church, was able to have the church painted last year.

Leveillee told The Valley Breeze & Observer last fall that renovations were finally done, including the steeple, the weathervane and paint.

The committee decided against holding a virtual option for the festival, instead allowing participating artists to hold payment until 2021 or receive refunds.

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