The Bayonne Arts Festival will kick off on September 10, according to President of the Board of Directors of the Bayonne Youth Center Angelique Jackson-Belle. The free festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dennis Collins Park, colloquially known as First Street Park.
Jackson-Belle confirmed to the Bayonne Community News that the Bayonne Youth Center was taking over the event from founders Cheryl and Christopher Mack of the former Bridge Art Gallery. The downtown art gallery shut its doors in July after the Macks expanded to a location in Wilmington, Delaware, with plans for another location in Kearny.
Formerly known as the Bridge Arts Festival, the event is now branded as the Bayonne Arts Festival. However, through collaboration with Mack, Jackson-Belle aims to ensure this year’s celebration keeps with the spirit of the Bridge Arts Festival in years past.
“We’re keeping the integrity of the festival, the feeling of it, the celebration of artisans in Bayonne,” Jackson-Belle said. “We’re keeping the tradition that Chery Mack and Christopher Mack started seven years ago.”
Keeping with the spirit of the Bridge Arts Festival
The family-friendly event, this year sponsored by BCB Bank and RWJBarnabas Health among others, will be in the same location in the park adjacent to the Gorman Field baseball field. There will be a main stage and a smaller stage at the festival, where there will be performances all day long.
The event will include a host of talent at the artist vendor market. Vendors will include: Victor Macri; Elizabeth Calienni; TysArt; Seth Steven Photography; Rudo Plants and Home; British Swim School- Hudson Waterfront; Laura Gonfer Studio and Janeth Fer Artista; Mitali’s Henna; Bayonne Education Association; Jde Studio/Sari Sari Co.; City Girl Paints, LLC; Jo Jewels; CraftyFox; Angel Hugs; Jenny Spinelli; Sabrina’s Alchemy; Art Heals All; Interior Designs by P’B’R; Leah Guy; Lightbridge Academy; My Orthodontist; and Marisa Lupianez.
“We have artisan vendors,” Jackson-Belle said. “We have a bunch of non-profits that will be out there. The Bayonne Teacher’s Association will be out there supporting the community, giving stuff out.”
The festival will also feature live music and dance performances. Musical performers announced include: Charles Tyler Trio; Alexis Morrast; George Orlando; and Sterling Sample. Dance performers announced include: Deborah Fogo; and Kaisokah Moko Jumbies USA, Inc.; and Studio 31, including dancers Melanie Murray, Joshua Dunn, Isabel Riviera, Zoe King, and Isabella Pasco.
Additionally, there will be plenty to eat at the food truck row, including Booza Ice Cream, Double Batch Bakery, Cousins Maine Lobster, Smoke Odyssey, Jerkin Chicken, La Coqueta Mexican Cocina, and Ginger Punch.
Storybook Theatre, VIP Lounge Experience, and more
It will be fun for the whole family, with a kids craft corner too. There will be a Storybook Theatre with Tempest Productions at 12:15 p.m., with an opportunity to craft make a special craft for the performance beforehand if arriving by 11:45 a.m. Families must register ahead of time at: eventbrite.com/e/storybook-theater-bayonne-arts-festival-tickets-401261843977.
While the event is free, tickets can be purchased for a VIP Lounge Experience. With each $40 ticket, attendees get access to the VIP Lounge, open bar, free food, and a festival swag bag, as well as an artist meet and greet.
All ticket proceeds will benefit the Bayonne Youth Center’s Back to School Giveaway. For more information, or to purchase a ticket for the VIP Lounge Experience, go to bayonneartsfestival.com or follow the Bridge Arts Festival on social media.
“It’s going to be a great day as it always is,” Jackson-Belle said. “The Macks entrusted this festival with the Bayonne Youth Center, so we are going to try to make her as proud as possible to keep this festival going and scale it as best as we can.”
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