The Sixth Annual Dighton Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Araujo Farms and Greenhouses, 1522 Williams Street, Dighton. The festival is sponsored by the Dighton Lions Club.
Fine artists and artisans will exhibit, demonstrate their art, and offer their work for sale. Paintings, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, wood carvings, photography, and mosaics are among the many offerings expected at this year’s event.
Several musical artists from the area will perform contemporary and traditional folk music throughout the day. The Music Committee has another great lineup of entertainment planned this year including performances by many favorites from past years: The Strangers, Matt Borrello, Sarah Borrello, Michelle Tetreault, Rebekah Philip, Julie Araujo, the Dighton Middle School Flute Ensemble, and the Dighton Elementary School Folk Dance Ensemble,. The festival opening ceremony will take place in the morning after the Folk Dance Ensemble with the Star Spangled Banner performed by Rebekah Philip accompanied by the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets Honor Guard.
Bob Mullen, co-leader of the festival for the Dighton Lions Club, said “We are delighted, in our sixth year, to have more exhibitors than ever and an exciting music program with well-known performers. We believe this festival is special because it promotes an appreciation for the arts in the community and spotlights local artists. Children are an important part of our community so we have included activities that help to build an appreciation for the arts among children. And, as always, we are grateful to the Araujo family for opening their greenhouses and for their continuing support of the arts. We couldn’t do this without them.”
Children’s art will be featured in the Emerging Artists Gallery where festival visitors can view artwork submitted by local school children. Sarah and Hannah Manuels will return again this year at the face-painting booth.
Special exhibits this year include the New England Antique Truck and Tractor Association, the Bristol County Agricultural High School “Woodlands Exhibit”, a Dighton Public Library exhibit of 100 year old documents associated with the construction of the Andrew Carnegie-funded library building, and MillTown Memories: Images of North Dighton c1918 – a collection of Mount Hope Finishing Company photographs recently printed from the original dry plate glass negatives.
Wine tasting with Vault Liquors of Taunton will be a returning festival feature this year from 12:30 to 3:30 with fiddle music provided by Kara Fortier, a perennial Dighton Arts Festival favorite.
The Exhibitor Registration Form and Information for Exhibitors can be downloaded below or requested by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. Registration forms are also available at Araujo Farms and Greenhouses.
Download and print the Registration Form