Harmony Weekend in Harrisville Saturday

HARRISVILLE – The 39th annual Harmony Weekend kicks off Saturday, offering a combination of music, art and crafts to an expected crowd of 25,000 people, officials said. Food tents will be on hand, offering everything from chicken meals and pizza to strawberry shortcake and kettle corn.

The event is put on by the Harrisville Arts Council and 240 arts and crafts vendors are expected to be on hand, the organization’s treasurer, Kathy Baird, said Tuesday.

Profits from the event are given to students and organizations in the form of scholarships, she said.

The Alcona County Library used the money it received to buy art supplies for its children’s summer reading program, she said. Alcona High School students also requested and were granted scholarships. In other instances, a woman requested money so she could study ballet in New York, while a music student needed additional aide after receiving a scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Arts council President Judy Pyne has been volunteering at the event since she moved to the area 10 years ago from Flint.

“I’m so interested in art that I like going to the show myself,” she said.

Among her favorites is Michigan animal illustrator Mike Monroe.

Art booths are located on the north side of the intersection of US-23 and M-72, and offer a variety of media, including photography, painting and sculpture in concrete, copper and bronze, she said.

Another location, the Country Store, is on the south side of M-72 at the Craftmaker’s Cabin, Pyne said. Booths there offer handmade quilts, purses, dried-flower arrangements and doll clothing. Specialty foods, such as salsas, honey and fudge and jerky, and lotions and soaps also are available.

The art show was started in 1968 by the Harrisville Lady Lions, with six booths at the Harrisville Harbor, Pyne said. Later, the arts show merged with the barbershop quartet event.

Next year will mark Harmony Weekend’s 40th anniversary, which is dated as beginning in the mid-1970s, she said.

Betsy Lehndorff can be reached via email at blehndorff@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693.