People from all over visit Havre de Grace Art Show

People from all over Maryland, as well as the East Coast, came to browse local art Saturday afternoon at the annual Havre de Grace Art Show.

In its 49th year, the two-day event, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace, was held by the water at Tydings Memorial Park - and Saturday couldn't have been a more beautiful day.

Low humidity, a gentle breeze and a break in heat brought out hundreds of people, and not just from Harford County.

Crofton resident Patie White and Greg Robinson, who lives in West Chester, Pa., met up in Havre de Grace for a date not knowing the art show was going on.

"It's gorgeous," White said of the city. "A beautiful little gem."

The two had met at the Concord Point Lighthouse then walked the promenade before sitting down at the World War II/Korean War/Vietnam War memorial to take in the sights.

Robinson said he had never been to Havre de Grace before and White said she'd only been once a long time ago.

"I can't believe I've never been up here before," she said about the park.

And there was a lot to see at the event.

Rows of tents packed the park. Many had pieces of work appropriate for a maritime city - paintings of fish and sea life, photographs of the city, woodcarvings of waterfowl.

In the gazebo was a "Chinese auction" where people could buy raffle tickets and then place them in a bowl indicating which item they wanted a chance to win.

Three-piece band Muddy River Blues played at one end of the park while the other had food vendors selling lemonade, crab cakes and snowballs.

Cindy Buckner, of Perryville, was also in the spirit to play music as she played her drum in the Creative Sanctuary of Havre de Grace tent.

Buckner is the drum circle facilitator for Beat of a Different Drummer.

Debra Giles, owner of the Creative Sanctuary, said she had seen a great deal of interest in what they do throughout the day and was almost out of fliers.

"A lot of people have been saying, 'Thank you for being here,' and they're happy there's a creative sanctuary in Havre de Grace," she said. "The community needs something like that."

Giles described the sanctuary as "arts for the mind, body and soul" that "reaches out to a broad spectrum of ages." The group holds different classes, including those in art and drumming.

Donna Smith, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Anne Khoury, of Philadelphia, were both in the area attending an expo.

The two were eating at the Tidewater Grille when someone told them about the art show and decided to check it out.

"This is lovely," Smith said, lying on the grass and staring out to the water. "I think it's great. The view is just beautiful. It's a wonderful community event."

Khoury said she was enjoying herself just relaxing on the hillside.

Robin Cahoe was looking at handmade wooden spoons and kitchen utensils at the Jonathan Spoon tent.

"It's beautiful day," Cahoe, a Port Deposit resident, said as to why she attended Saturday.

What struck her the most about the event was all the local artists, and not just from Harford County.

"I live across the river," Cahoe said, "and wanted to stroll through before doing what I need to do for the weekend."

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