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Champagne Reception


Sunday, June 2024 Fort Sewall from 5 PM - 7 PM

$60 in advance

$65 at the door.


The Champagne Reception is a wonderful tradition that kicks off the summer Marblehead Festival of Arts. Held at historic Fort Sewall, refreshments are served under a tent, with tastings provided by many fine restaurants and caterers. Guests sip champagne while enjoying live music from Henley Douglas Jr.'s HDRnB and splendid views of Marblehead Harbor. Attending this important fundraiser is an enjoyable way to meet other Festival supporters while sampling the delights of local food establishments.

2023 Sponsors

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Our 2023 Band!

Henley Douglas Jr.'s HDRnB

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Henley Douglas Jr.'s HDRnB is an original R&B/soul/groove band founded in late 2010, featuring Henley Douglas Jr. on Sax, Brian Cogger on Trumpet & Vocals, Dave Walker on Bass, John Iltis on Drums & Peter Fedele on Guitar.

Henley Douglas Jr.'s early career includes stints with the Big Dig Saxophone Quartet and Skin, a Boston-based funk-rock outfit that would open for acts like the Neville Brothers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He founded the Heavy Metal Horns, a band that reached international acclaim in the 90s, and for 10 years, fronted the Boston Horns, a funk/jazz band.


Enjoy Delicious Samplings From Our

Generous 2023 Participating Vendors

The Beacon

The Barrelman



Maria's Gourmet

The Landing

The Mariner

Bent Water

Far from the Tree

Elia Taverna

Hook Nutrition

*** Join Us ***

2022 Champagne Reception Video Slide Review

Get your finest hat ready to enter the Hat Contest, a tradition of the reception - attendees are encouraged to design creative and original hats to mark the event. Four prizes will be awarded to  Women for  Elegant and Creative Hats; Men: Jaunty and Creative Hats 

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