Lakeville Arts and Music Festival to highlight local artists

Sep 16, 2023

The 18th annual Lakeville Arts and Music Festival will shine a spotlight on local artists and family fun, according to Lakeville Arts Council member Joanne Corrieri-Upham.

“We try to entertain, and at the same time, you’re also giving someone a way to make a living,” said Corrieri-Upham, 

This year’s festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the corner of Precinct Street and Bedford Street near the Lakeville Public Library. 

Corrieri-Upham said that the festival was a way for people to connect with the local community.

“I see some people at the festival who I haven’t seen for months,” she said.

Bands like “Sinner’s Pie” and “Last I Heard of You'” will  play live music.

There will be activities for all ages, including face painting, balloons, and crafts. Children will get a chance to contribute to a mural by adding their hand prints.

One Lakeville artisan, Dave Kraemer, said he has participated in the event ever since it first started, 18 years ago.

“I’ve been with them the whole time,” Kraemer said.

Kraemer’s wares, including “functional stoneware pottery for everyday use” will be available to purchase at the event.

Corrieri-Upham said that in addition to pottery, the festival will likely have other products for sale, including handmade soap, novelty woodcutting like bird housing, and fabrics.

Although mass produced products can be cheaper, she wants people to learn about the value of handmade goods.

“You get something that’s unique. You get something no one else has. You’re supporting local people,” she said. “For a lot of people this is how they make their living.”