Fabulous at 50
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!
Over 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 email@example.com
Take a stroll down memory lane and watch this slide show of our previous logos. Which one was your favorite?