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Westport Festival Day is this Saturday, Aug. 10, and will happen in conjunction with the Canal Splash festivities at the Westport Marina. The Festival Day activities will be centered around Ballard Park, the Heritage House, and the Library Lawn. More than twenty craft vendors will ply their wares, and you can bid on the art in the Spirit of Place and Bucket List silent auctions in the Heritage House (bidding closes at 3 and 3:30 p.m. respectively). Food and refreshments will be sold by the Westport and Wadhams Volunteer Fire Departments, the Masons, and the Wadhams Free Library.

At 10:30 a.m. registration begins on the Library Lawn for the 5K Fun Run down Stevenson Road and back. Live music will fill the afternoon at the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park, with open mic opportunities between the acts. You’ll need to preregister for the open mic by 11 a.m. at the food token table. Westport resident (and Grammy-winning trumpeter) Taylor Haskins has helped put together a stellar lineup of musical variety. Taylor and Friends will start things off with their distinctive Folk-Rock-Jazz sound. Next up is the Camp Dudley Boys’ Choir, and then some finger-pickin’ Blues with Joan Crane on bass and Steve Feinbloom on guitar. Then a block of solid bluegrass-folk, with Staber and Chasnoff followed by the homegrown Wadhams Waddlers.

Down at the Marina, meanwhile, there’s plenty of live music during lunchtime at the Galley with the a capella group the Meter Maids, who’ll sing from 12:30 to 2 p.m. There will be two book signings in the Ship’s Store: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., author and storyteller Thea Lewis will sign her Ghosts and Legends of Lake Champlain, and from 1 to 3 artist and naturalist James Arnosky will sign his books Monster Hunt (including Champ!) and Shimmer and Splash. Kids of all ages will eat this up.

Next week I’ll tell you about the second CATs Photo and Caption contest, with three categories to enter in and lots of big cash prizes (info at champlainareatrails.com).

Congratulations to Dick Fritz and Bruce Ware, winners of the Week 9 and Week 10 $50 drawings in the Heritage House Raffle. The Bonus Prize and Grand Prize winners will be announced on Festival Day.

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