CANTON – Canton will again host a celebration of art excellence in the North Country with the Remington Arts Festival Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the park in downtown Canton. In the event of bad weather, all festival events will be moved to indoor locations around the park.
On tap for this year's festival are the perennial favorites: the SLC Arts Council's Art Show in the Park, a juried show and sale of contemporary North Country art; tours in horse-drawn wagons of historic Canton guided by Canton High School students; and old-time games in period dress-ups for children.
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association's offering for this year's festival is "The Artist and the General: Frederic Remington Illustrates the Indian Wars," an exhibit that formally opens on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. And on Thursday, at a brown bag lunch, Association Director Trent Trulock will present a lecture on the work in the exhibit; the lecture will be repeated Friday at 6 p.m., at Silas Wright House. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Middle- and high-school age artists can see their work in the "Reflections on Knowledge" student art competition.
Featured musicians, who will perform in the park from 2 to 4 p.m., are The Fiddlers Three, Don Woodcock and Gretchen and Rebecca Koehler. Their concert will include waltzes, jigs, hornpipes, reels, and breakdowns---woven in and out of melody and three-part harmony.
The featured artist, Caroline Bigtree of Akwesasne, will demonstrate traditional Iroquois raised beadwork.
Festival-goers can start the day with the Remington 5K Run, and they will be able to sample the fare of some of Canton's farmer’s market vendors in the park throughout the day.
The 9th annual Remington Arts Festival is sponsored by the Village and Town of Canton, coordinated by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, and Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), and supported with generous contributions from local businesses. North Country Public Radio is media sponsor for the festival.
Additional information is available at www.remingtonartsfestival.org.