Full Buck Moon

JOHNSTOWN – Artists, musicians, actors and crafters from across the region converged at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Saturday to celebrate their work.

Day two of the first Buck Moon Arts Festival was held at FMCC. The festival began Friday evening with a talk by sculptor John Van Alstine, who is based out of Wells.

On Saturday, families and people of all ages walked about to view craft and informational booths, or sat on the lawn and listened to musicians perform throughout the day on the main stage.

The main stage lineup featured a variety of performers, including the Bentwood Rockers, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, and the Beatles tribute band Hey Jude … The Tribute.

Raider’s Cove, inside the building that used to house the college’s pool, hosted other musical groups such as Bijoux, Clank, Doooji, and Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle. Children were able to take part in a children’s music program and create their own art at the one of the booths.

A variety of crafters set up throughout the quad were selling everything from original artwork to jewelry and baskets.

Ken Vennettee of Canajoharie was working at the information booth at the event. He said the crowds had been modest, but positive about the new festival.

Emily and David Clough of Gloversville came out to enjoy a day of art. Emily said the college had done a wonderful job setting up the event.

“They’ve done a lovely job,” Emily said.

The Cloughs said they enjoyed the variety of art displays that were splashed throughout the campus. The Student Union hosted several different artists’ work in a gallery-style setting, and artist panels throughout the day.

“We just love everything,” Emily said of the event.

Aaron Nagy of Clifton Park came to support a friend who was showing his work at the festival.

“It’s cool to see all the different things here together,” Nagy said.

Regional wine makers were on hand to give out samples to the public, and Stewart’s Shops gave people a chance to cool down with ice cream. A southern-style barbecue, cold drinks and other treats were also available to keep crowds fed.

The festival will continue today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Several performances by bands and other events are scheduled to take place.