Festival in Penn Yan combines art, music and wine

The 2011 Keuka Arts Festival is one of the highlights of the summer on Keuka Lake and in the village of Penn Yan. Stretched along the waterfront of the Keuka Outlet Park, the festival offers ample parking and dockage for boats, yet is only steps away from downtown shops and restaurants.The festival will be held June 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.Organizers hope to increase last year’s 75 vendors to 100 this year, featuring pottery, paintings, woodworking, basketry, photography, sculpture and glass art. More than just a chance to see what the numerous artists of the Finger Lakes have created, the festival is also an interactive experience with body painting, paraffin sculpture, and caricaturists.As a complement to the fine arts, there will be folk, rock and bluegrass musicians such as P.J. Elliott, The Cross Eyed Cats, and Pinot and the Noirs.Eight Finger Lakes wineries will be present for tastings and sales, and as new participants, 15 farm vendors will bring their products, including artisanal cheeses, breads, mustards, honey, maple syrup, flowering plants, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and locally roasted coffees.

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