Calling all local artists;
I would like to invite you to participate in the first annual West End Waterfront Festival, aka ‘The Rhiner Festival’ to take place in the West End Waterfront District on September 19th, 2009 from 11am to 8pm.
The Festival is intended to be a celebration of the rich and fascinating history of the area once referred to as ‘the Rhine,’ ‘the Flats,’ or even ‘Sodom.’ In a nutshell, visitors who attend the festival will learn about the diverse groups of immigrant populations who once inhabited the City’s West End Waterfront District, the ‘bad old days’ of fun and excitement in the time of the Erie Canal and later, and the successive waves of teamsters, gamblers, cockfights, bootleggers, students and the reformers who tried to keep at least a small lid on things or salvage the damage. The festival will include music, arts and crafts, food, performances, and will all center around a mystery game which will unfold at various sites throughout the day, where we invite visitors to try and solve the mystery, which involves a stolen cargo of ‘treasure’ which was being transported by water to the east. Throughout the day, actors from the History Center’s living history troupe will act out scenes at various locations, inviting festival goers to solve several aspects of the mystery, including: who did it? where the thieves are hiding out, and to find the location of the hidden treasure. Passive clues will also be located at each of the participating businesses, so that that festival goers will be able to make their way from each of the participating businesses at their leisure, collecting clues, strolling along the canal, taking free boat rides, enjoying crafts and games for kids, enjoying cocktails on the lawn, musical performances, etc, etc.
We have a huge amount of space along the waterfront, and we would love to invite you to come down and set up an easel, stand or table to make and/or sell your work for the day. (I am envisioning this to appear something like Paris, along the banks of the Seine River, where you can stroll along and buy something handmade and beautiful along the way – or have your portrait painted as a souvenir, this sort of thing. Only instead of Paris, it will be an area once referred to as ‘Moonshine Island.’) If it rains, we have indoor spaces available at various locations throughout the site.
We would love to have portrait painters on hand, watercolors of the event being made and for sale, conceptual art projects – anything you can imagine. We are offering you the opportunity to participate free of charge during the day of the event. If you are interested, please get in touch – contact information below.
Wylie Schwartz, Marketing & Development Manager
The History Center in Tompkins County
401 East State Street, Suite 100
Ithaca, New York 14850
Phone: (607) 273-8284 ext. 6, Fax: (607) 273-6107
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