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42nd Festival of the Arts at Chase Park in Chatham Sponsored by the Creative Arts Center in Chatham (Aug 16-18)

by: Sue Adler
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The 42nd Festival of the Arts at Chase Park in Chatham is a yearly event that showcases the finest arts and crafts in the region.  The event is sponsored by the Creative Arts Center in Chatham and proceeds help to support its programs throughout the year.  This year’s festival is scheduled to take place from Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18 from 10am to 5pm.

About the Festival of the Arts

Come explore and discover some of the best arts and crafts around at the 42nd installment of this popular local event.  The festival will be held rain or shine at Chase Park in downtown Chatham from 10am to 5pm each day.  Browse through work in a wide variety of mediums including decorative arts, fabric, fine art, glass, jewelry, metal, photography, pottery, sculpture, textiles and more.  In addition to all the wonderful exhibitors, a free shuttle bus from designated parking areas will be available.

While you enjoy the art you can also sample some delicious dishes from the Pampered Palate in the Food Tent, located across the street from the Creative Arts Center on Crowell Road.  There will also be an activities tent and a face painting tent, so be sure to bring the whole family!  There is a minimal fee for each activity.  There is no admission fee for the festival, but a $3 donation is suggested.

Creative Arts Center of Chatham

The Creative Arts Center of Chatham provides a vibrant education resource for all ages where the visual arts are explored and celebrated through classes, exhibitions and special events.   Their gallery is open from 9am to 4pm Monday through Friday.  In July and August the galleries are open on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.  Opening receptions are held in the gallery every month.  Painting demonstrations are also held several times during the year by well-known and established artists.  The Center holds fundraisers like the festival every year.  Their next one is scheduled to take place on September 12 at the Wequauet Inn to honor one of their founders, artist Peg Falconer.

The Center is located at 154 Crowell Road in Chatham.  To get there take Route 6 to exit 11 and turn south onto route 137.  Travel through two lights and a four way stop to Route 28.  Turn left on Route 28 and travel three miles.  At the first light, Crowell Road will be on the left.  The Center is located down the road about a quarter of a mile.

Directions and Parking at the Festival

To get to the festival, take Route 6 to Exit 11 (Route 137).  Follow Route 137 to Route 28 and turn left.  Head into Chatham, following the signs to the festival.  There is free parking and a free shuttle bus at the Chatham Elementary School on Depot Road, the lot behind the Community Center on Route 28, and at the Creative Arts Center at 154 Crowell Road.

From Orleans take Route 28 to Chatham and follow the signs.  For the free parking and free shuttle bus turn right at the traffic light onto Stage Harbor Road.  Follow the signs and turn right onto Depot Road and park in the school lot.

For more information about the festival and the Creative Arts Center, please visit their website at

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