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Eastham Hands on the Arts Festival shines in June
The Eastham Hands on the Arts Festival features crafts and arts for sale, plus entertaiment and hands-on activities for the kids. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

Although Saturday was iffy at times, Sunday was the perfect day for an outdoor festival. In Hyannis, car fanatics were showing off their rides and at the Windmill Green in Eastham, local artisans were showcasing their creativity at the 16th annual Hands on the Arts Festival.

The two-day outdoor arts festival, sponsored by the Eastham Cultural Council, was held on the Eastham's Windmill Green on Route 6.  Over 40 local artists and artisans gathered to showcase and sell their creations.

Such festivals, and the Cape is chockfull of them all summer, are a wonderful opportunity to not only support the local art scene, but take home a unique treasure.  Sunlight glinty off of photos, oil paintings, jewelry, sculpture and other decorative items.

Different than an arts & craft festival, Hands on the Arts encompasses arts on the whole--from the creation of such works to music and other forms of expression.

There was also plenty to keep kids of all ages engrossed in the many hands-on art activities and performances including a fairy tale marionette performance under the tent and live music wafting from the gazebo.

The green's historic windmill was also open for tours and the town's Public Library offered story walks rounding out the cultural appeal of this Outer Cape festival.

Gully, that's a lot of shorebirds! Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

Waiting for the droves to arrive. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

Nimbly fingered, black-gloved hands made marionettes with cautionary tales dance across the stage. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

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