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Heritage festival returns to Westport

Alethea and Eden Goralczyk share their grandmother Ruth Rumney’s love of art as they participate in the Spirit of Place Art Show at the Westport Heritage House until Aug. 4.

Alethea and Eden Goralczyk share their grandmother Ruth Rumney’s love of art as they participate in the Spirit of Place Art Show at the Westport Heritage House until Aug. 4. Photo provided by Carol Battin

— For the 12th year, the Westport community will celebrate the Heritage Festival Aug. 4.

“It is more than about our history, it’s about our community,” Nancy Decker, who is chairing the festival committee. “This year, our committee took the responsibility to form a group to continue the event as this has always been a fundraiser for the Heritage House.”

Events begin at 11 a.m., starting with a 5K fun race and continuing at Ballard Park with food, vendors, silent auctions, scavenger hunts, dog agility and Shakespeare in the Park.

For musical entertainment, local performers are being sought to participate in an open mic on the new Westport Heritage House patio.

Additional music will be provided for your enjoyment by the Ron Revog Band, Roadside Mystic Band and James Mayo with the Dudley Choir during the afternoon.

“Over the years there has been music in the evening after the festival, but this year instead we have a couple of groups who are going to perform at the Ballard Pavilion throughout the afternoon,” Decker said. “We also plan to do an open mic that is open to both children and adults for an hour on the new Heritage House patio. There is no pre-registration as this is to be a fun event for all, children and adults are welcome.”

Decker said that there will be even more events and attractions throughout the day.

“We started to have a few craft vendors in 2008 and each year this has grown,” Decker said. “This year, Linda Adams is heading this area with the help of Sue Frisbie. She has about 20 vendors that are planning to come.”

There will also be a silent auction of Themed Baskets that Carole Harsh and Betty Band have gathered through donations. DaCy Meadow Farm of Westport providing food for the festival, and the Westport and Wadhams fire departments are working together to serve refreshments.

The Heritage House will also be open for those who want to visit the exhibits and/or bid on the Spirit of Place Art Show silent auction, which will end at 3 p.m. that day.

The schedule is posted online at www.westportheritagehouse.com for the listing of the day’s events. For more information, contact Decker at decker2@westelcom.com.

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