MORRISTOWN Mares Wares Pottery is hosting its first music event from 2 p.m. until dusk Aug. 30 behind the store at 3938 Route 37.
Mary Ann Evans is known for the Mares Wares Art Festival that she hosts every July, but next week, shes trying something new. The Mares Wares Music and Wine Fest is the first backyard event shes hosted other than the art festival, which shes been holding for the past six years.
I think the people that love the art festival will love any event that I do here, Ms. Evans said.
She said she wanted to offer an alternative for people who drive to Alexandria Bay for its blues weekend.
Its Labor Day weekend, and a lot of people go all the way to Alexandria Bay to get some blues and barbecue, she said. Id like to do it in Morristown.
Musician Patrick C. Duffy, Ogdensburg, will open the festival and play until 3:45 p.m., followed by the Paul Baldwin Blues Band from Syracuse and ending with local band Annie in the Water.
Its good to support the local bands, too, said Brian A. Smith, stage manager for the upcoming event. Its the perfect kickoff for the long weekend, he said.
The barbecue dinner will be catered by Mullins Catering and Takeout, Gouverneur.
Bella-Brooke Vineyard, Hammond, Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay, and Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton, will offer wine tastings at the event.
Im just feeling out the neighborhood to see if it will be successful, Ms. Evans said. Its always best to start out on a small scale if you dont know if it will work.
Ms. Evans has invited 20 artists to set up booths to demonstrate and sell their wares.
Theres no pressure and no commitment with my artists, because I cant guarantee you 2,000 people, she said. I just want to have 400 or 500 people, and Ill be excited.
According to the Mares Wares Facebook page, tickets are $10 for adults and for children 8 ages and older, or $20 per family. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Parking became a bit troublesome during this years art festival. With more than 2,000 people attending the event, cars lined both sides of the road in front of the property, causing a problem for trucks and large vehicles trying to get by. Although she expects less than half that number of people in attendance next week, Ms. Evans said, she will have designated space on either side of the property for parking.
The property belonged to Ms. Evanss late father, Jim Evans, who built a go-cart track in his backyard in 1958. Now, Ms. Evans uses the space for her festivals.
Fifty years later, were still entertaining people in our backyard, she said. Dad wouldve been proud.
Depending on the success of this event, Ms. Evans said, she would like to start a weekly music event featuring local and regional bands and musicians.
I feel like theres a niche in Morristown for music events, so next summer my goal is to have open acoustic nights, she said. Well have live performers all summer long and it will be a Mares Wares Backyard Music Series in conjunction with open studios.