Something for everyone at Seeley arts festivalThe 16th annual Namekagon Art and Music Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring art, music, poetry, fun art for children and adults, and food.
The 16th annual Namekagon Art and Music Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring art, music, poetry, fun art for children and adults, and food.
Admission is free.
Hosted by the Cable Hayward Area Arts Council in cooperation with the Seeley Lions Club, the festival is held on the grounds of the Sawmill Saloon and Mooselips Java Joint on Highway 63 in Seeley, Wis., between Hayward and Cable. The Seeley Lions serve a variety of festival foods and chilled refreshments.
This daylong festival has grown larger every year, with more than 1,200 attending last summer. The festival includes 35-plus booths with a variety of original fine arts and crafts, an art tent with free activities for children, adult art and craft activities and a poetry jam, as well as art and craft demonstrations, and live music throughout the day.
In the Kid’s Art Tent, the free activity will be working with clay. For a fee, children and adults can tie dye a t-shirt, paint a glass, or make a small work of art with stamps and food dye.
The presence of returning and new art vendors, along with the variety of entertainment, appeals to festivalgoers of all ages. Among the artists will be painters, potters, jewelry makers, woodcrafters and other talented artists bringing their beautiful, handmade items for enjoyment or purchase.
The annual poetry jam is an event highlight. Participants receive an envelope with three words in it at noon and have one hour to pen a poem of any style or length.
The only rule is the poem must contain the three assigned words. The competing poems are then presented to the public in a “read-off” on the Literary Arts Stage at 1 p.m. Judges score the poems on craft, content and presentation. Audience response is also factored into any poem’s total score. The top three finalists then read their poems on the Main Stage at 2 p.m.
An added feature this year will be local authors signing their books in the arts council’s information tent. Several authors will be staggered throughout the day. The live music will start at 10 a.m. with Rick and Connie Gorud who play rock and blues, followed by Gary Dupuis at noon with an eclectic mix, and ending 3-5 p.m. with the Rabuck and Schubring Duo and their folk, rock, blues, and original tunes.
For details, visit www.cablehaywardarts.org.