You know we're on the way to summer fun when open air events start to take place.
While we're not quite there yet, you can take advantage of Northport Village's charms Sunday at the Northport ArtWalk, presented by the Northport Arts Coalition and the Northport Chamber of Commerce. After last year's first art walk in the area, community members and artists are back at it again.
At least 21 Northport Arts Coalition member artists will be displaying their work in 21 local shops, as musicians perform acoustic guitar and folk music at three venues - Caffe' Portofino, Copenhagen Bakery and Heartichoke.
"It was successful last year and it was exciting," says Dan Paige, executive director of the Northport Arts Coalition. "We wanted to continue it and make it even better."
A raffle for prizes will be offered at the end of each art walk to participants who show stamps indicating that they visited every hosting merchant’s shop. Attendees can turn in stamps at Caffe' Portofino and Copenhagen Bakery.
The art walk aims to drum up business at local shops, while presenting artists to the community, Paige says. And new visitors to the area stand to gain from the experience as well, he says.
“The town of Northport is a very unique, artsy town. It’s a walking town. If people haven’t been to Northport, they’re going to be pleasantly surprised,” Paige says. "It’s a throwback to a Norman Rockwell film.”
WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Self-guided tour along Northport's harbor and historic Main Street. Pick up a map at Copenhagen Bakery, 75 Woodbine Ave., or Caffe' Portofino, 249 Main St. in Northport Village. The artwalk will also take place May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 11.
Pictured: A detail of "Min Horse," in colored pencil, by Margaret Minardi of Fort Salonga