An enjoyable walk through picturesque downtown Sandwich will be enhanced this Columbus Day weekend by the sounds of live acoustic music streaming from the porches of homes and shops along the way. Free to the public, the 4th Annual PorchFest presented by the Sandwich Arts Alliance, takes place on Sunday, October 13th from 1-4 pm. Rain date October 14th.
The Sandwich PorchFest is in keeping with the national “PorchFest” movement, which purportedly started in 2007 in Ithaca, NY. Similar events have occurred throughout the year in about six towns in Massachusetts including Wellfleet, with an emphasis on unamplified, acoustic music, and on building community. Last year’s Sandwich Porchfest drew over 1,200 attendees.
“This is an invitation to enjoy a pleasant afternoon strolling around Sandwich Village with family and friends while listening to a variety of musicians”, commented event founder and manager Kim Moberg, who is responsible for recruiting all the talent.
Shops and cafes will be open during the event and maps will be available online and at all porches to guide visitors along the walkable trail. The performers are all Sandwich Arts Alliance musicians who will play two ninety-minute sets along Main Street, School Street, Jarves Street and Route 6A.
“You’re likely to hear blues, pop, jazz, folk, R & B, ethnic, drums or ukuleles! All genres have been welcomed on our ten porches,” added Moberg. “We have about twenty acts featuring singers, guitarists and other instrumentalists for three hours of fabulous acoustic music
The porches for this year’s event include Beth’s Bakery, Stephanie’s, Sandwich Antiques Center,
Modern Vintage, The Weather Store, St. John’s Parish House, Home for the Holidays, Sandwich Public Library and several homes on Main and School Streets.
A map and schedule are also available at www.sandwichartsalliance.org or at the SAA Center at 124 Route 6A, Sandwich.