Festival History

Fabulous at 50

1963Frederick Berg

The very first Marblehead Festival of Arts took place in 1963 at the Old Town House and Abbot Hall. So began an organization that would spend the next 50 years exhibiting various forms of art to Marblehead residents and visitors from across the country and around the world. (Although the festival began in 1963, it was dormant between 1965 and 1967, so this year marks the 50th Festival).

Today, the festival encompasses some 400 people who come together as volunteers to create a days-long free event comprising art exhibits, performances, a logo contest, a culinary arts reception, a street festival, and more. As it was in 1963, it’s a community event, with husbands, wives, children, neighbors, and acquaintances drawn in to help with whatever needs to be done.

For more on the Festival’s beginnings, read  The Festival at 50!

Festival Recollections 

Stef-84-2 copyOver the years the Marblehead Festival of Arts has contributed to memories, and traditions that positively impact individuals, families and the community. Artists prepare their art, family reunions are planned, children look forward to building and racing their boat on Redd’s Pond and strategies of viewing the fireworks are discussed, all to celebrate July 4th and the activities surrounding the Festival. To read reminiscences by long time friends of the Festival about what it means to them, visit Festival Recollections.

 

More to Come

The MFoA has a huge archive of photos, event history, exhibit winners, logos, etc. As we plan our 50th Festival celebration, we will be gathering even more stories, photos and memorabilia and will be continually updating the website. If you have Festival memorabilia or vintage photos you would like to share, or if you would like to be involved in the planning of this unique event, please email us at president@marbleheadfestival.org

Logo History

Take a stroll down memory lane and watch this slide show of our previous logos. Which one was your favorite?

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    2013
    Alicia Hart
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    2012
    Brandon Miller
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    2011
    Louis Regilio
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    2009
    Amanda Sylvester
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    2010
    Steve Webster
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    2008
    Susan Lee
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    2007
    Matt Byers
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    2005
    Andrea Noble
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    2006
    Steve Webster
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    2004
    George W. E. Price
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    2003
    Chad Macomber
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    2002
    Joanne Baker
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    1999
    Bill Purdin
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    2000
    Geoff Hodgkinson
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    2001
    George W. E. Price
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    1998
    Stephanie McGrail-Letendre
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    1997
    Barbara Rafferty
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    1996
    Wendy J. Reifeiss
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    1995
    Stephanie McGrail-Letendre
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    1992
    Geoffrey Hodgkinson
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    1993
    Patricia Cornell
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    1994
    Geoffrey Hodgkinson
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    1991
    John D'Entremont
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    1990
    John D'Entremont
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    1988
    Geoffrey Hodgkinson
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    1989
    Geoffrey Hodgkinson
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    1987
    Irene M. Johnson
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    1986
    Geoffrey Hodgkinson
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    1985
    José A. Bigay
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    1984
    Mark Mazuzan
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    1983
    Brad Wilson
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    1981
    Matt Ralph
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    1982
    Jill Wall
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    1980
    Nancy Lindgren
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    1979
    Gretel Quanstrom
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    1978
    Ellen Gibson Hardy
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    1977
    Helen Eddy Estes
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    1976
    Kermit Downs
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    1975
    Jean Fogle
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    1974
    Carol Eldridge
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    1973
    Nanine Steglich
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    1970
    Unknown
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    1971
    Frederick J. Young Jr.
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    1969
    Judith Tufts
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    1968
    Robert M. Neuss
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    1964
    Barbara Bowker
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    1963
    Frederick Berg
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    1963
    Frederick Berg