250 artists drop anchor for Mainsail Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday

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More than 250 top visual artists from across the nation and Ontario will display works along the waterfront during the 37th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, in Vinoy Park.  As an added bonus, the annual free arts festival presents a diverse entertainment lineup featuring steel drum sounds, Calypso and tropical rock on Saturday. On Sunday, stompin’ bluegrass, nouveau swing and Boogie Woogie take over the main stage. Mainsail will be held rain or shine.

The two-day show also features a Young at ARt student show, Junior League Kids Create crafts tent and Culinary Arts food court. Named among the “100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows” in the nation, Mainsail attracts 250 professional artists – this year, from 31 states as well as Ontario – exhibiting their original art work for sale in 13 categories while competing for over $50,000 in cash awards.

Enjoy some island music and steel drums during Beach Party Day on Saturday, April 21, with Calypso Sound from Noon to 1:15 p.m.; the De Lei’ed Parrots (Buffett-style tropical rock) from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.; the Hodaddys (Retro surf music, guitars and Beach Blanket Bingo) from 3 to 4:15 p.m.; and Coo Coo Ca Choo playing Beach Boys and Classic Rock from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

On Sunday, get your toes tappin’ with some stompin’ original Bluegrass by Mitch Lind and the Lagerheads from 1 to 2 p.m.; Lounge Cats perform “Rat Pack nouveau swing, swagger and sway” from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.; and Eight to the Bar with their Boogie Woogie, Swing and a whole lot of fun from 3:45 to 5 p.m.

Strolling entertainers throughout the weekend provide enjoyment for all ages, including Deanna, The Mime presenting her silent but colorful rendition of wacky, zany fun; George Aldrich, Strolling Minstrel on guitar and flute; and Marty, The Magician who will fascinate and baffle the audience.

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