SANDWICH – This sixth year of Porchfest in charming Sandwich Village was benefitted by sunny blue skies and a steady stream of music fans strolling through the village center.
We began at the several porches along busy Route 6A where the musicians’ positive vibes made up for the steady stream of traffic and the occasional train whistle.
Jim Ellis and a couple of harmonizing friends played at Lo Adoro Italian Market at Russell’s Corner and next door, the Drumma Queens, a women’s percussion ensemble, performed a lively dance in front of Heart of Stone. We also caught Tony DiSavino performing covers on acoustic guitar in the same spot a few minutes later.
A few steps away, in front of the Sandwich Arts Alliance that was hosting the festival, Leslie Gage was singing country tunes to the delight of a crowd of people. Gage is the daughter of Bobby Gage, a touring musician from East Sandwich who performed Country Music nationally.
Turning up Jarves Street, we caught Katie and Nathan performing in front of the store, Modern Vintage. It was here that we caught of glimpse of festival organizer, Kim Moberg, who was scurrying around with organizing duties.
Around the corner on Main Street, in front of The Weather Store, was John Williams performing on guitar with a friend. And back on Jarves Street, there was Loomis Chocolite performing an interpretive version of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
We also appreciated the artisans who were busy making their wares while sitting at their booths at the Sandwich Artisans Fine Arts and Craft show on the grounds of the Sandwich Public Library. Hard at work spinning wool from her own alpacas was Sandy Wilkins of Village Farm Fiber Arts, based in Dennis Port. Nearby, Delores Chase of Harwich was knitting away, making items for her business, Delores Handmade Crafts.
Sandwich is famous for its historic and current glassblowers. The craft fair featured Lucas of Lucas Land Glass out of Lowell, hawking his handblown wares.
This video above is a mashup of a sampling of the performances we saw, and the slideshow below includes a few artisans along with the musicians.
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