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Up on the Colonial Beach boardwalk

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:38 am

The 53rd Annual Colonial Beach Arts and Crafts show took place over the weekend on the boardwalk in downtown. With more than 60 vendors up and down the river-front, this event had a something to offer everyone.

Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild had a tent with the majority of their members’ work on display. Andrea Clement had a new piece that immediately drew the eye to the tent. The picture showed people at Carnival from her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. While all her pieces were stunning, the pure joy in this painting lit up the entire boardwalk. Clement is also a member of the Artists’ Alliance at JarretThor and shows there.

Local favorite Sharon Morris, creator of the Chubby Chicks paintings that are all over Colonial Beach, began her work by painting rocks to hide around the town. She now offers everything from paintings to rocks to Christmas ornaments with her delightful little ladies on display.

Sally Adams, event coordinator for the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, was working the show on Sunday making sure vendors were happy and visitors were enjoying their day. A dynamo at work, her smile lights up everything near her as her energy infects those around her.

One of the brightest booths of the day was the Bow Fairy booth which was covered in ribbons, bows and headbands in all colors of the rainbow. Shiren Wakilpoor of Richmond had hundreds of headbands and bows on offer. She described her process from wrapping the headbands to how she chooses ribbons that are washable to the detailed way she makes sure that ribbons that are a bit more grippy are used only where they would touch hair and not skin.

The boardwalk was also filled with the smell of the food vendors that can take credit for the beachfront to be a great place to eat on summer weekends. A different food vendor though, Dafni Olive Oils, offered a unique selection. They bring their booth to the boardwalk every year and are a crowd favorite.

Joyce Gunderson accepts a donation for the silent auction

at the Northern Neck Beach Music Festival.