Easthampton BearFest is shaping up to be the happening of 2009 here in Easthampton. The city will be inhabited by 20 or more big fiberglass bears, and a bunch of smaller ones, in interesting and easy to spot locations, from June thru October. And they won't be bear bears like the two above. They will be custom designed by Valley artists.
The first official 'dressed' bear will be introduced on a St. Paddy's Day float in the Holyoke parade, but you can check out the 'bear canvases' (and vote on your favorite artist design!) tomorrow night (thursday) at Easthampton City Arts' Welcome the Bears Mardi Gras Party & Fundraiser. It's all happening at Eastworks from 7-9 pm. Here's the invite:
Thursday February 19th, 7-9 PM
hosted by Eastworks
Live Jazz Music by Carol Abbe Smith Ensemble. Cajun Style
eats by Apollo Grill. Be one of the first to see the “naked” bears
on their arrival to Easthampton and vote on your favorite bear
CASH BAR Tickets are $15 call (413)527-8278
for tickets/available at the Apollo Grill and at the door
A great way to support what will be an exciting event for the city of Easthampton in 2009. And for the kiddos, perfect if you're looking for something to do to round out the school vacation week...
February 20, 2009 (Friday)
Welcome the Bears Kids Party
Friday February 20th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Eastworks
juice and goodies make your own mask
vote on your favorite bear
FREE and open to the public
Hope you're able to make it.
And if you'd like to support the cause, there's a donate button on their website. Many of your favorite local businesses have contributed generously to make this cool outdoor art event a reality.
If you'd like more information, feel free to give Briana Taylor, Easthampton City Arts Coordinator and head Bear honcho a call at (413)-527-8278.