Big weekend in Westport

Festival Day, Canal Splash hope to draw large crowds with music, fun

The Meter Maids will perform as part of the Canal Splash, one of two events in Westport Aug. 10.

The Meter Maids will perform as part of the Canal Splash, one of two events in Westport Aug. 10.

— Coming off its biggest draw of the year, the town of Westport hopes to keep the visitors coming with a pair of events Saturday, Aug. 10.

The annual Westport Festival Day in Ballard Park will be joined by the New York State Canal Splash celebration, which will be held locally at the Westport Marina.

Canal Splash

The Westport Canal Splash is part of a state-wide weekend celebrating the waterways of New York with festivities along the Champlain and Erie Canal water systems.

Events start at 11 a.m., with a book signing by Thea Lewis, author of “Ghosts & Legends of Lake Champlain,” until 1 p.m. Also on hand will be James Arnosky, author of “Monster Hunt,” and “Shimmer and Splash,” who will sign books from 1 to 3 p.m.

During the singings, the Meter Maids will sing acappella four-part harmony at the Galley Restaurant. The quartet from the Champlain Valley Sweet Adeline Chorus includes members Carla Brassard, Carole Harsh, Jennifer Scofield and the chorus director Cherie LaDuke.

Festival Day

Westport Festival Day has evolved into a day of music, food and fun, with an assist from a local jazz artist.

According to Nancy Decker of the Westport Heritage House Association, Westport Native and jazz trumpeter Taylor Haskins has gathered a few local friends to join him on stage in the Ballard Park Pavilion at the Westport Festival on Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The lineup begins at 11:30 a.m. with Haskins, who will perform folk, rock and jazz music. He will be followed by the Camp Dudley Boys Choir singing traditionals. Joan Crane and Steven Feinbloom then take to the stage, followed by bluegrass and folk artists Staber and Chasnoff. The concluding act will be the Wadhams Waddlers.

Between acts, there will be open-mic sessions, which will feature local singers. Those interested in performing for the open-mic portion can register by the food token table starting at 11 a.m. the day of the festival.

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