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Second annual Durham ArtsFest took to the streets last Saturday

Durham Sauntering Band

The Durham Sauntering Band was spotted roaming the streets of town providing an ecclectic mix of international music with a New Orleans flair during the second annual ArtsFest in Durham.


BY SOUTHGREY STAFF — Organizers held the second annual ArtsFest in Durham this past Saturday, July 13. It was a full day of attractions with visual art and a street festival that included a beer tent, BBQ, live music, and creative activities. Free to attend, the event enjoyed beautiful summer weather, and fortunately missed a torrential downpour experienced by other communities to the east.

Organizer Timothy and Barbara Dyck explained some of the features of this second annual event. "We have something for everyone with all ages included," said Barbara Dyck. "This year, artists took the streets showing their work outside of local business windows where posters of their had been displayed all week to promote the upcoming weekend activities."

The Durham Art Gallery ran some fun programming for kids and youth. Jaclyn Quaresma, Executive Director and Curator of the Durham Art Gallery, and her team, involved kids in a variety of creative activities that took place at several locations. "We worked together with the Northern Credit Union, West Grey Library and The Colour Jar to put together an experience passport," Quaresma detailed. Participants could travel around and participate in artistic exercises to collect stamps. When kids got three-in-a row on their card, they could redeem the passport for prizes.


Cindy Cover at ArstFest in Durham 

Cindy Cover relaxes behind her display of original paintings.

Artsfest was sponsored by the Durham BIA and business owners were only too eager to attract visitors to the downtown and celebrate the artistic community that Durham is well known for. "This year, we have expanded the musical part of it as well," said Timothy Dyck who noted the various bands performing. "We also really appreciate all of the volunteers who work hard and help plan it, said Dyck, who added, "We are always open for next year to get more volunteers, sponsors and artists involved."


Artist displays at ArtsFest in Durham 

Artists set up outside in a downtown location close to main festivities.


"What an awesome time!" boasted the event's other major sponsor, the West Grey Durham Lions Club on their Facebook page. "Great food, great people, and great music by three awesome bands: Saugeen Rhythm Revival, Higher Funktion, Flashback!" Musical performances by the Durham Sauntering Band and a Celtic Circle with Saugeen Music School rounded out the day of song and merriment.


The Durham Sauntering Band sauntered down Garafraxa Street.


It was a house-rocking mixture of original tunes, surf, pop and roots music by the Saugeen Rhythm Revival that kicked off an evening of romping good times, starting at 5pm. Popular horn-powered group, Higher Funktion 'got their funk on' at the ArtsFest stage at 7pm. The band consists of Randy Martin, Steven Morel, Jaret Koop, Larry White and the H-F horns, Wayne McGrath, Ian Harper & Chris 'Bonehead' Palmer. At 9pm, Flashback! led by Rick Tourlousse took over and closed out the evening with their signature mix of classic rock and pop. Music continued until 11pm.


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