COME CELEBRATE THE 10th ANNUAL BAYONET FARM ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Bayonet Farm Arts and Music Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Sunday, September 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m., with cultural events and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. In addition to the art events, musical performances, and activities of previous years, the festival will have many “firsts” for all ages.
As in the past, there will be a Juried Art Show in the Red Barn of paintings, photographs, and ceramic works. The show will be judged by the distinguished James Yarosh of James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery, who will be joined for the first time this year by Avis H. Anderson, executive director and curator of the Monmouth Museum and Cultural Center. Winning artists will receive a variety of cash prizes. An artist reception following the awards will be generously provided by Holmdel’s Dearborn Market.
Attendees will also have the unique opportunity of viewing plein air artists at work as they paint the scenic Bayonet Farm landscape. The art gallery pieces, as well as the plein air paintings, will be available for purchase.
This year, in recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the festival, attendees may buy the art at a 15% discount. A coupon for the discount is available in local publications and will be provided at the festival entrance table.
Very popular performers will be returning to the festival this year. They include the rhythmic salsa band Los Mas Valientes, the talented Colts Neck Swing Band, and the foot-stomping Swampgrass Jug Band. The Holmdel Theatre Company will also be returning to present a scene from one of its upcoming local productions. New this year will be the HUCC Finn Group and a Holmdel student group, Chime. A variety of special events and activities will also be available for children. The ever-popular Doodle Dude will be returning to entertain and create art with the younger set. The Celadon Youth Group and the Goya Dance Group will also provide wonderful entertainment for the younger set, as well as adult attendees. Children will also have an opportunity to view and create art at a number of venues. They can choose from clay creations, the young artist drawing studio, mural painting, and the pottery wheel demonstration. Two new crafts this year will be paper mosaics and ribbon rhythm baton making.
Finally, of special note will be the Harding House tours of the historic home of the late, longtime resident, Laura Harding, a close friend of the late actress, Katherine Hepburn. This year, there will be three separate tours, with sign-ups at the entrance table. Local violinist Ed Beckenstein will be playing outside the historic home before and after the tours.
As you enjoy the events of the day, be sure to stop by the Food Court for lunch or a snack. Sunnyside Market and Deli will be offering a variety of specialty sandwiches, salads, snacks, and desserts for purchase, or, if you prefer, Holmdel Fire Company #1 will be selling hot dogs.
With something for everyone, this special anniversary event should not be missed! The festival is supported by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Bayonet Farm is located at 41 Middletown Road in Holmdel. Admission is $5; attendees age 12 and under are free, and parking is free. For more information, please visit www.bayonetfarmarts.org.