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Marblehead Festival of Arts Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception
Marblehead Festival of Arts Hosts Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception
Marblehead MA (May 30, 2012) – The Marblehead Festival of Arts Annual Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception will be held Sunday, June 24, from 5 to 7 pm, under a tent at historic Fort Sewall, overlooking beautiful Marblehead Harbor. The Reception celebrates the opening of the Summer Season and the Marblehead Festival of Arts, to be held June 30-July 4.
Reception chairpersons Sandy McLaughlin and Alison Becker are excited about this year’s delicious food offerings. “We are happy to have both new, exciting restaurants and returning favorites join us. All of the restaurants will showcase their menu specialties. Reception guests will then be invited to vote on a People’s Choice Award winner,” McLaughlin said.
This year’s food establishments feature the best of the North Shore, including Becky’s Gourmet, Bonne Bouche Caterers, Caffe Italia, Edible Arrangements, The Hurricane, Hungry Betty’s, Jack-Tar American Tavern, Joey D’s, The Landing Restaurant, Little Red Store Catering, Maddie’s Bake Loft, Soall Bistro, Starbucks and Sweeney’s Retreat.
Ned & the Big Babies will entertain with red hot roots, rock and funk. Blending an eclectic mix of deep soul and rock covers to their unique original music, Ned and The Big Babies bring a passion, musicality and humor to their live performance that will further enliven the party atmosphere emanating from the stage at Fort Sewall. Legendary tenor saxophonist Henley Douglas Jr. will be joining Ned & the Big Babies, creating an awesome line up of musicians featuring Ned Nugent on bass and vocals, Henley Douglas on tenor sax, Charlie O'Neal on guitar and Kemp Dunn on drums.
The tradition continues as Marilyn and Sy Fishman once again judge the Champagne Reception Hat Contest. Guests are encouraged to have fun designing their special hats, always known for their originality, local color, history and the July 4 celebration. This year’s prizes, gift certificates to the Festival’s Logo Store, will be awarded for the best Creative Hat and the best Fancy Hat.
“In addition to the wonderful restaurants, music, hat judging and overall festive ambiance of the Reception, the beautiful floral arrangements gracing the tent entry will be provided by the very talented Flores Mantilla of Marblehead,” McLaughlin said.
The Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception is a fundraising event for the summer Arts Festival. Invitations are available on June 24 for donations of $55 per person, and in advance for donations of $50 per person at these Marblehead locations from June 11 to 23: Arnould Gallery and Framery (111 Washington Street), Shubie’s Marketplace (16 Atlantic Avenue) and Spirit of ’76 Bookstore (107 Pleasant Street). For more information, visit www.MarbleheadFestival.org.
More About Fort Sewall
First built in the mid-17th century, this earthwork fort has stood watch over Marblehead harbor for more than three centuries, defending it first from pirates and the French during colonial times, and later from various enemies during subsequent wars. It last operated as a fort during the Civil War, and was turned over to the town in the 1920s.
Today, the well-preserved fort is ringed with benches overlooking Marblehead harbor and is home to at least a half-dozen plaques explaining various aspects of its historical significance. A grassy area at the center of the fort is just big enough for a game of catch or frisbee.
There is no vehicle access to Fort Sewall, but a small parking lot is available at Front Street and Fort Beach Lane, adjacent to Fort Beach. The fort is a short walk up the hill.