On July 12 and 13 we were blessed with some of the finest days of the summer, and the people came and enjoyed all there was to offer. This, the 19th annual event, was better and more successful thanks to the support and help from many.
First and foremost the artists, 78 of them, who set up, unpack, smile and chat with thousands of people, some who buy and some who don’t, then pack everything up again – without them there would be no Arts in the Park. THANK YOU! Also, I would like to pay a special tribute to the all-volunteer Arts in the Park committee, who work together in a happy and cohesive way all year long and then spend the weekend joyfully and tirelessly assisting artists and visitors alike – without them this event would not be the great show that it is. Our Artist of the Year, Scott Perry, has been a regular at Arts in the Park for many years, his wonderful artistic panoramic shot of the Rollie’s block in Belfast was perfect for the poster and other promotional material. Thank you, Jim LeClair for the daily Facebook posts. Then there are the musicians –the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, Aurora Jazz Project, the Bad Daddys, Leaky Boot Jug Band, 195th US Army Jazz Band, and the Uke Group – all of them entertained spectators and vendors alike. The food vendors who kept us happy in other ways – Ye Olde English Fish ‘n’ Chips, The Good Kettle, the Uproot Pie Co., Stone Fox Farm Creamery, and the Game Loft. Thanks to the city for letting us use the beautiful park on the harbor and waterfront, Kathy Pickering, the harbormaster and her crew, Norm Poirier, Gary Palmer and Parks & Rec., the Public Works department. Our security guys, Doug and Wayne; Ray Estabrook, and the Game Loft kids who clean up during the; Scott and Ryan from the Re-Entry Center; our volunteers on the weekend: Del Hickey, Judy Beebe, David Beebe, Mary Ann Long, Lane Fisher, Dale Kuhnert, Kate Bartlett, Carol Good and Fawn Munson. Thanks to John Holmes for allowing us use of his property for artist parking. From a committee of four women, we give a huge thanks to Dennis Urick for installing all the signs, setting up the tents and so much more, and to Malcolm Gater who was on duty for three days in a row organizing all the vehicles and parking. Our sponsors for their donations and contributions, without them we wouldn’t have the music or be able to publicize the event as widely: the Bangor Daily, our media sponsor who provided terrific coverage that attracted many; Bangor Savings Bank, Cultured Canines, DelVino’s, Front Street Shipyard, Hannaford, Insight Video Productions, Rollie’s, Smart DataMap Services, Belfast Co-op, Belfast Harbor Inn, Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad, City Drawers, Colburn Shoes, Colonial Theatre, Coyote Moon, Cross Insurance, Little River Veterinary Hospital, Dr. John Lewis, Viking, Inc., Camden National Bank, Interiors by Janis Stone, Key Bank, Knox Bros. Auto Parts, Mainely Naturals, Mainely Pottery, Mainely Used Cars, Martha Reeve, Nickerson Professional Associates.
Finally, thanks to those who support the event each year by coming and shopping, eating, listening to the music – we need you. Proceeds from AITP are utilized by Friends of Belfast Parks in support of park facilities and programs.