Is it coincidence that the Keuka Arts Festival is held the same weekend in June as Keuka College’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend? Perhaps not.
According to Festival Director Chris Vaughan, the volunteer committee that oversees it has diligently tried to “cross-connect” the arts fest with Reunion Weekend for the last three years. Organizers are delighted to have faculty and staff willing to hang a few posters on campus and send returning alumni and their families out to the festival site grounds, along the Penn Yan boat launch on Water Street, Vaughan said.
“We just want to let them know there’s all sorts of things to do after they’ve (visited) campus,” he said.
First incorporated in the 80s, the original arts festival was held on the College campus, but petered out in the late 90s for unknown reasons, Vaughan said. Now in its fourth year since Vaughan and his wife helped revive it, the festival boasts some 75 artisans, several wineries offering tastings, an array of festival foods and live music. This year’s event will run 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.
“Some people make that connection of what we do now as a rebirth or continuation of what was going on there (before),” said Vaughan, adding that the couple was new to the area and had never heard of a prior event when they first took their idea to the Penn Yan Village Board. (more…)