The Warwick Summer Arts Festival (WSAF) will embrace the history of change and growth that have marked the history of the Village of Warwick, as it prepares to celebrate 150 years of incorporation. The Festival will feature a week’s worth of assorted art exhibitions and dance performances which will celebrate the dichotomy of arts existing in Warwick.
“As Warwick celebrates its Sesquicentennial year, the WSAF has been given the opportunity to highlight the changes that our town and community have undergone by presenting a multi-course menu of mixed media art, music, dance, poetry, film and performance art during the 17th annual arts festival,” explains Melissa Padham-Maass, WSAF Director.
The WSAF will offer patrons of the arts a well-rounded line-up of musical acts, dance performances and poetry readings at a number of local farms, parks and businesses including Pennings Farm Market, the Seligmann Center, Wickham Woodlands, the Warwick Community Center, and the Warwick Drive-In.
The activities calendar includes the head-to-head poetry slam, a one-night film festival, as well as an evening of multi-sensory activities including fire-throwing, fortune telling, pancake portraits, storytelling, interpretive dancing, painting, and more at DUSKLIT (an interactive art bazaar).
The Warwick Summer Arts Festival, a nonprofit organization, is a Community 2000 project promoting the arts. Melissa Padham-Maass returns as festival Director for a fourth season, celebrating its 17th year.
Schedule of Events
The WSAF has released a schedule of events. The times of the events are subject to change and can be confirmed by visiting www.warwicksummerarts.com.
- , Jul. 26: Poetry Slam & Jam from 6 to 10 p.m. with music by DJ Skyhook and Professor Pete at Pennings Farm Market Beer Garden, located at 161 Rte. 94 S. in Warwick. There is a $10 entry fee for competitors and $5 cover charge.
- , Jul. 27: Festival of Films from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Warwick Drive-In, located at 5 Warwick Tpke. in Warwick. A line-up of shorts films, and musical entertainment by the Rick Savage Jazz Quartet. Suggested donation is $10 per person and $20 for a family of four.
- , Jul. 28: Dance and Musical Performance from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wickham Woodlands, located at 169 State School Rd. in Warwick. There will be performances by the Davalois Fearon Dance Company; Barrington Hinds, who uses free flowing movement that is strongly rooted in organic feeling; and a musical performance by Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin. Suggested donation is $10 per person and $20 for a family of four.
- , Jul. 29: DUSKLIT Art Bazaar from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Seligmann Center, 23 White Oak Dr. in Sugar Loaf, followed by Party After Dark from 9 to midnight. Cost is $10 per person.
- , Jul. 26 to Sun., Jul. 30: Knitting Warwick Together Project throughout the Village and Town of Warwick. Tree sweaters are knit and/or crocheted & wrapped around trees within the Village of Warwick in honor of the Sesquicentennial, as a community art project.
- , Aug. 3: Front Porch Arts Show at 7 p.m. at Conscious Fork, located at 14 Railroad Ave. in Warwick. A celebration of the creative artwork of local youth, ages eight to teens under the direction of Linda Mensch.
- , Aug. 5: Warwick Sesquicentennial Celebration in Veterans Memorial Park, located on Forester Ave. in Warwick. Opening of Time Capsule commemorating 50 years of life in Warwick at 10 a.m.; Sesquicentennial Parade at 4 p.m.; Community Cook Out from 5 to 8 p.m.; Evening Performances hosted by the WSAF – 5 to 6 p.m. the Rock Underground band will perform, Fiddle Frenzy will perform from 6:20 to 6:50 p.m.; the Warwick Dance Collective will perform from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.; Chemical Catastrophe to perform from 8 to 8:30 p.m.; Double Down will perform from 8:45 to 10 p.m.; Sesquicentennial Fireworks will be at 10 p.m.