The Beacon Sloop Club announces its annual Corn Festival to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 11, rain or shine, at Riverfront Park in Beacon. The festival features fresh-picked, ready‐to‐eat locally‐grown sweet corn for just a “Buck‐an‐Ear,” hot chili, cold drinks, and other summer treats.
The festival includes live music with Vinnie & Mary Ellen Cerniglia, Spook Handy, Caroline Doctorow, Ingrid Heldt, Luanne & John Martucci, Mark McNutt, and Evan Prichard at the main stage. Performers on the children’s stage include Dan Einbender, Creek Iversen, Tioronda Kids, Lydia Adams Davis, Steve and Shirley Kaplan.
The festival is family friendly and handicapped accessible, with free activities for kids. Guests may sign up for free public sails on the ferry sloop Woody Guthrie, weather permitting. Seating is limited; arrive and sign up early at the Beacon Sloop Club table.
The sloop club is honored to have “The Dakota Nation Unity Riders” of Manitoba, Canada, visiting on horseback. They will bring their healing message of the unity of all peoples to Beacon between planned visits to the United Nations and the White House (unityride.com).
Food and craft vendors will be on hand and the Farmers Market will offer freshly baked breads, local vegetables, cheeses, eggs, flowers, and many other items. Admission is free. Call 845-242-7822, 845-463-4660 or visit beaconsloopclub.org. The Corn Festival celebrates the river and helps raise funds for public sailing programs promoting river awareness and public access.