NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Many opportunities await residents at this weekend's New Rochelle and Pelham ArtsFest, a two-day celebration featuring free art exhibits and performances at 32 venues.
The Charles W. Dickerson Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps starts things off Saturday at 11 a.m. at Prince Street and Lincoln Avenue with a parade to Lincoln Park where residents will be able to enjoy a festival of dance, music, arts, crafts and food.
Residents can then see 20 drummers playing on a variety of percussion instruments from 1 to 3 p.m. in an event hosted by drum facilitator Damon Jackson. Children ages 6 and older will also be able to hear New Rochelle Council on the Arts member Jeani Miller read stories.
Lincoln Park Community Garden committee members will give tours of the garden. T-shirts, and refreshments will be available.
ArtFest attendees can visit a marketplace where authors Inga Watkins, Henry May and Linda Tarrant-Reid will sign copies of their books. Food will be provided by Chef El-Amin and D’Chef of Neil’s Café.
Jewelry by Filigree and Lisa Ray and natural beauty products by Phylicia Henry will also have their wares available for purchase.
Residents will have the opportunity to participate in dance workshops by Kyra Johnson’s New Beginnings Dance Company at Bethesda Baptist Church, 71 Lincoln Ave., from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Attendees can also view a film screening on bullying and a photography exhibit.
People also can see the New Rochelle Museum of Arts and Culture “Reflections of Change” exhibit. The display details the 1961 Taylor v. Board of Education of New Rochelle desegregation case. The exhibit will be on display at St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church, 19 Lincoln Ave. A fish fry will be offered as well.
Shiloh Baptist Church, 185 Lincoln Ave., hosts an afternoon of performing, visual and culinary arts.
The ArtsFest culture trolley will make stops at Memorial Highway and Lincoln Avenue and in front of Bethesda Baptist Church.
Attendees can visit the festival website or call 914-576-7150.
New Rochelle High School Class of 2009 graduates Jesus Baez, and Rebecca Mills will showcase their “Concept Cube” art exhibit Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Arts and Culture in the new wing of the high school.
The museum is open Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. for a preview of the festival, and Saturday from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Click here for a full calendar of ArtsFest events.