Marblehead Arts Festival Holds Annual Meeting
The Marblehead Festival of Arts held its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at St. Michael’s Church, Marblehead.
The meeting was moderated by Eric Knight and Bill Smalley updated the membership on the finances and then reviewed the 2015 Festival, which was the 50th Celebration.
There were 45 corporate members in attendance and 20 were elected to the membership. Many of the new members are committee chairs from the 2015 Festival. Smalley emphasized the fact that the committee chairs are the backbone of the Festival and that it runs so well because of them.
In Smalley’s review of the year, he thanked the many volunteers that made the following possible: Garden Party at the home of the late Beverly Seamans where it was announced that the Seaman Family and the Festival were donating a sculpture of Winslow II to the Town of Marblehead, which is currently in Crocker Park greeting its many visitors.
Also pictures were shown of the many events that the Festival puts on during the ‘off season’ outside of the July 4th weekend. The Festival participated in the Chamber’s Holiday Walk, the Logo Premiere in January which revealed the winning 2015 logo, the Winter Film Festival held in February at the Abbot Library, the ArtsFusion Auction held in conjunction with the Marblehead Arts Association, a special talk by Pete Muller, a photojournalist stationed in Africa about his pictures of the Ebola Crisis, and the Film Retrospective of films from past Film Festivals.
Smalley also reviewed some special events for the 50th, an exhibit of the past Best of Show art, special performers at the Performing Arts Concerts and some that were brought back for the 50th, such as a Gala Reception, the Boxes in Bloom exhibit and the Theatre Festival. One highlight of the Celebration was the returning of 12 of the past 25 Presidents with a special recognition and song written by Brian Wheeler at Crocker Park.
Also the Festival participated in the joint reading of the Declaration of Independence along with the Selectmen during the celebration of the recent work done at Abbot Hall.
Also the Festival is very pleased to announce the following members who were elected as officers and directors for the 2016 Festival. President: Bill Smalley, 1st Vice President: Maggie Smist, 2nd Vice President: Patricia Patrick, Treasurer: Kathy Hempel, Secretary: Maggie Raftus. Directors: Patricia Baker, Harry Foster, Matt Freedman, Ellen Garvey, Patricia Kane, Jo-Ann Murphy, Patrick Paquette and Ryan Siden.
If you would like to find out more about the Festival and our many activities and volunteer for a great fun organization, there will be a Volunteer Information Party in November, or visit our website at www.MarbleheadFestival.org. Currently we are looking for help in the newly installed website and our many other IT and Publication areas.
About Marblehead Festival of Arts (MFoA)
Founded in 1962, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has a rich history of producing a premier summer arts festival that has become a unique forum for artistic expression. Traditionally held each year over the July 4th
holiday, the Marblehead Festival of Arts hosts a wide range of art exhibits (painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, etc.), outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, Writers’ World, the Street Festival, Children’s and Boat Building activities, Artisans’ Marketplace, Film Festival and many other cultural activities designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for the entire family.
The Marblehead Festival of Arts is an all-volunteer organization comprised of more than forty committees and involving several hundred volunteers. It operates year round and relies solely on donations to fund its operations. Individuals, families and businesses may become Festival Sponsors by making a tax-deductible contribution. For additional information on MFoA, a calendar of events, volunteer opportunities and sponsorship, please visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org.