Lots of entertainment on tap at Arts Festival

Not only can art lovers can feast their eyes on a variety of handmade objets d'art at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, they also can enjoy a variety of entertainment as well.

Not only can art lovers can feast their eyes on a variety of handmade objets d’art at the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, they also can enjoy a variety of entertainment as well.

Because only artists who create their own works are featured in the festival, the same holds true for entertainers: Only those groups who write and play their own music are considered. Here’s a brief look at what’s on tap:

Charlie “The Noiseguy” Williams kicks things off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Williams is a vocal and sound impressionist whose noises have been heard in television commercials, video games and libraries across the country. This fun-for-all-ages event will feature the sounds of planes, trains and automobiles and teach those interested in how to make some noise of their own.

The Hayburners will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Jennifer Spector and David Tieman will perform an all-original mix of folk, Americana and jazz.

Rock lovers can hear the high energy, progressive rock of Rob Rigoni from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Rigoni’s instrumental music features acoustic and electric guitar as well as other exotic instruments.

Wrapping it up from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday is Woodrush, an alternative-Americana group that blends rock, pop, folk, funk and jazz with classic vocal harmonies.

Charlie “The Noiseguy” Williams will get the entertainment ball rolling again from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, followed at 11:30 a.m. by Eric Tweed and the Devil’s Advocate, a blend of blues, soul and fun.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Joe Sneva will take the stage, playing tunes reminiscent of summertime at the beach.

Deseo Carmin will bring an energetic mix of Latin, jazz, funk and rock to the stage Sunday at 3:30 p.m. A fusion of traditional and modern Latin American and Spanish rhythms with flamenco guitars and electronic percussion produces unexpected, danceable music to enjoy.

Parking and food

There will be plenty of parking available within a block of the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival and plenty of good food to fuel those attending.

Cost to park will be $3 per car, with proceeds benefiting the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club. The parking lot is located on Alexander Street, next to the Coupeville Library. From Highway 20, turn left onto Main Street. Proceed north to 7th Street, turn left onto 7th and follow the signs to Alexander. Parking attendants will be there to direct traffic.

Handicapped parking will be available across from the Post Office on Coveland Street. There will be additional handicapped parking on Grace Street between 8th Street and Coveland.

For those who work up an appetite, there will also be plenty of food vendors to choose from. The food court will be located between the main parking area and the artisan vendors. Food will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Vendors include: Bangkok Bistro, Coupe’s Last Stand, Cousins Gourmet, Dinky Donuts, H & D Foods, Julie’s Lumpia Hut, Lesedi African Food, Nadya’s Greek Cuisine, Samijons Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Whidbey Island Kettlecorn and Whole E Cow BBQ Co.

For information, visit coupevillefestival.com.

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