The Greater New Bedford Summerfest, is this weekend.
This Festival has gained an outstanding reputation as an international folk music and arts festival, and this year it will take place July 7 & 8 from 11AM-7PM throughout the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
Featured among the thirty- three musical acts are Maura O’Connell, Patty Larkin, Vance Gilbert, Rory Block, and Susan Werner. Situated in the beautiful New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Summerfest has gained a reputation as one of the finest folk festivals in the country. The festival also features a high quality crafts show with over ninety juried, handmade crafts for sale at affordable prices. Food will be available including the justifiably world famous New Bedford scallops. Since Summerfest is a family festival, a new, expanded children activities area will also be featured.
Jeff Black, Kate Taylor, Susan Werner, the MC, Ronny Cox.
Plenty of people, artisans and entertainment were on hand to celebrate on a hot humid day.
Eating on the steps of the Fisherman's Union Hall
A diverse crowd on hand.
From backstage of the Bodega show.
On the way to the festival a bike ride to the beach at Fort Phoenix and a light lunch, where people could soak up the rays while the working and pleasure boats passed.
Going to sea
Returning from fishing trip at sea
Fort Phoenix is where the first Naval Battle of the Revolutionary War was fought. It is also the sight of both the town and a state beach. Located at the head of Buzzards Bay, it's a great spot to just sit around and enjoy the sights and the weather.
State Beach at Fort Phoenix
Father and son walking the Fort grounds
Mixing work with pleasure
Looking west from the Fort grounds
All the above was done by bike. Twenty five easy riding miles on a warm summer day.
Life is good.