A picture perfect day for Festival by the Lake

Jun 10, 2019 by

FESTIVAL BY THE LAKE, held Saturday, June 8 on the Lower Common, drew children and their families for a day of fun in the sun. (Gail Lowe Photo)

Published in the June 10, 2019 edition.

By GAIL LOWE

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Center Neighborhood Association could not have asked for a nicer day than Saturday, June 8. The day was picture perfect for the annual Festival by the Lake, an event that brings residents and people who live outside of town to admire and purchase handmade crafts and learn about many participating non-profit organizations.

Leo Chaharyn, this year’s Festival manager, said that the morning had been very busy and foot traffic heavy.

“It’s a nice vibe,” he commented.

A total of 115 crafters selling everything from wooden signs to glass wind chimes and 25 non-profit organizations, including Wakefield Farmers Market, the Lucius Beebe Library, Mission of Deeds and many more, turned out for the event, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The aromas of hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs wafted through the air and satisfied the appetites of picnickers while Betty’s Bounce musicians Audie Bridges, Zachary Bridges and Curtis Doo played old jazz classics like “Sophisticated Lady.”

Children enjoyed themselves, too, as they watched bubbles flying out of a bubble machine mounted on the Bandstand and took turns jumping inside a bounce house.

As in years past, proceeds from the event will be used for improvements and maintenance throughout the downtown area.

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