Arts are the stars at Coupeville Festival
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:16 PM
"ENTERTAINMENTSaturday, Aug. 12 11 a.m. Aloha Dancers12 p.m. Local Buddha1 p.m. Janie Cribbs2 p.m. Don & Bob Jazz3 p.m. Janie Cribbs4 p.m. South Whidbey Marimba BandSunday, Aug. 1311 a.m. Aloha Dancers12 p.m. Local Buddha1 p.m. Filucy Hootchie Kootchie Band2 p.m. The Shifty Sailors3 p.m. Bruno BandARTISTS IN ACTIONMel Wheatley: WoodcarvingGordon Anderson: GlassblowingJim Simpson - PortraitsSue Martel: Lace makingElsie Conley & Pat Rees: Rug hookingMarilyn Moad: Olde Tyme Kettle Korn Pete Wolf: PotteryChad Heiserman & Paul Thorne: BlacksmithingCartil Hinkle: PotteryPatte Shanholtzer: SpinningQuilters on the RockGreat Times Espresso Artists, demonstrating woodcarving, pottery, stone carving, basketry and other arts:Bob Babcock, Bill McMae, Dick Weber, Roger Leonhardi, Tom & Mary Alice Sterling, Glen Madsen, Doris Hood, Marge Newell, Jerry Favini, Beth Merrick, Geoff Dodson, Neal Trout and Dan McCutcheon. The streets of Coupeville are alive with the festival spirit this weekend, in the 37th edition of the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival, today and tomorrow from 9 to 6 each day.Set against the backdrop of Penn Cove and historic buildings, the event has become famous for its collection of creative arts and craft vendors, Artists in Action and live entertainment. This year there will be 200 artists and craftspeople offering jewelry, leather goods, pottery, handcrafted furniture, baskets, blown glass and more.A fine art exhibit is mounted in the Coupeville Recreation Hall, and the Artists-in-Action center will showcase blacksmithing, weaving, woodcarving and spinning. Glass blowing, portrait drawing and a potter's wheel will also be part of the action.Entertainment in Town Park will feature some of the island's favorite performers on the main stage, including Janie Cribbs, the South Whidbey Marimba Band, Aloha Dancers and Local Buddha. An assortment of food booths will offer festival fare as well as exotic and ethnic choices. Children's activities in Coupeville Town Park have drawn as many as 600 kids during the two days of the festival. This year kids can design and shape their own clay boats and launch them in a small pool. Other activities include making mosaic tiles using small rocks, beads and tiles; creating colored spinners with cardboard and paint; a creation station where kids can make anything they like from a variety of materials; and T-shirt coloring, with a small fee for the shirt. All the rest is free. While the kids are busy, entertainers make music in the park starting at 11 a.m. Proceeds from the festival benefit nonprofit arts and cultural groups in Coupeville and Island County. The town's recreation hall, the Coupeville Arts Center and the Island County Historical Society have all received grants in the past. "