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This weekend: 24th annual Riverfest

July 24, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — Music, art, and the environment take center stage at Riverfest, held Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. Presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) and sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, Riverfest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists and musicians who live and work here.

This year, Riverfest will go wireless with the assistance of Frontier Communications. Frontier will provide Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Main Street. Visitors and vendors alike can join “FrontierCommunicationsFreeWiFi” network. DVAA will also post updates on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.

The family-friendly River Dogs on Parade opens the festivities at 10 a.m. Pooches and pups dressed up in creative attire strut their stuff, all hoping to win the “best of” awards, while emcee Kevin McDonough offers running commentary and the Dog Parade judges deliberate. Register your dog early by calling the DVAA at 845/252-7576, or sign up that morning by 9:45 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m., the Riverfest poster auction offers up of over five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion. Artists working in every conceivable medium from watercolor to fabric to wood, donate their work to be sold to the highest bidder by inaugural auctioneer Tony Staffieri. These posters are on display in the gallery windows of the Delaware Arts Center and can also be previewed online at

Everything for sale at Riverfest is artist-made, and the person who is selling it to you is the artist him/herself. Broom makers; potters; jewelers; textile, wood, and glass artists; writers, and painters all offer their wares.

Music at the bandstand in the morning by Donna Singer and The Doug Richards Trio play jazz, swing and blues with special guest Bill Fleck on trombone, and in the afternoon, you’ll hear the pop country sounds of Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers, featuring Chip Forelli, Marc Switko and Doug Rogers.

Kids Korner is a place where children can create works of art or play games under the direction of Maureen Cookingham from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The food court offers goodies from sesame noodles and hot dogs to cookies to kettle corn. Environment and energy-efficiency information booths will help you wade through the complexities of clean water, clean air, and energy conservation.