The 22nd Annual Grapeview Water and Art Festival
On Saturday, July 25th the Grapeview Community Association and Fair Harbor Marina will again co-host the annual Grapeview Water and Art Festival on the beautiful grounds of Fair Harbor Marina on Case Inlet.
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of this wonderful community event. The enthusiasm and support of members makes this one of the best summer festivals. Planning began in February with Chairman Louise Okonek calling together her many dedicated volunteers to start the 2015 ball rolling... With a team of over 30 chairpersons overseeing all the details the association is ready to provide a day filled with art, live music, food, fun and games.
Beginning at 10AM children can participate in a number of free activities. The North Mason High School LEOs will be on hand to do face painting. Liz Ward and her team will assist youngsters in building the most creative boats ever seen at the marina. Over the winter 400 wooden boat bases were prepared for the children to decorate. Janet O’Connor has several other crafts for children to enjoy. There are frog slap bracelets and paper snakes to make, wooden bird houses to paint and foam gliders to construct.
Not to be missed is the Kids Fishing Derby. Registration is from 11:30AM-Noon. Fishing is from Noon to 1PM and prizes will be awarded at 1:30PM. Children provide their own fishing gear and bait and LIFE JACKETS ARE MANDATORY for all participants.
Children and adults will have fun attempting to make a hole-in-one on the festivals famous floating golf green or testing their skills in the putting contest. Three balls for $1.
This year will see 50 talented artists from around the Northwest displaying their crafts. Pottery, sculptures, jewelry, glass, wood, fabric arts and photography are just a few of the talents that will be displayed and available for purchase.
The 2015 poster contest winner is a lovely watercolor by local artist Jean Johnson and will be available for purchase, framed or unframed, at the festival. Also available for purchase are the 2015 festival T shirts, sweatshirts and vests. The poster and T shirts can be viewed on the Grapeview Community Association website: www.grapeviewwa.com.
When a break is needed visitors can relax under Fair Harbor Marina's covered pavilion and enjoy listening to live music from JP and the Rhythm Boys and Full circle. The festivals wonderful food booths include hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, steamed clams and shrimp cocktails available for purchase as well as the ever popular homemade fruit cobblers. Last year association members made more than 80 cobblers including apple, peach, mixed berry and blackberry. All are served with a mound of whipped cream. What a treat!
Proceeds from the festival are funneled back into the community through scholarships and support for local charitable programs including the Food for Kids Backpack Program, Grapeview School, North Mason High School Grad Night, Faith in Action, Senior Services for South Sound, Habitat for Humanity, North Mason Giving Tree, Volunteer Fire Fighters of Mason County Fire District #3 and other community events and services. Since 2005 GCA has contributed over $40,000 to local student and organizations.
Save the date – Saturday July 25 10AM – 4PM and join your friends and neighbors at the Grapeview Water and Art Festival at the Fair Harbor Marina. The Fair Harbor Marina is located on the Grapeview Loop Road off Highway SR3. See you there!