Cranberry Festival Weekend Offers Crafts, Music And Fireworks

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Community events

The Harwich Cranberry Festival will draw a crowd over this weekend at the facilities behind the community center on Oak Street.  FILE PHOTO

HARWICH — If you like music, crafts, art, food truck cuisine and plenty of socialization, then the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival is where you want to be this coming weekend. If that’s not enough, there will also be the chamber of commerce’s fireworks display on Saturday night.

The festival has been a late summer tradition in the community for more than 40 years and offers a weekend of activities, including a line up of music on Saturday and Sunday. This year the arts and craft fair continues to grow. All of the events are free, and there is plenty of parking available.

Festival president Ed McManus said 160 juried vendors have signed up this year for the arts and crafts fair, located behind the community center across from Monomoy Regional High School on Oak Street. On display will be paintings, jewelry, wood carvings, photography and many additional works of arts. There will also be a number of non-profit booths sponsoring community services.

It’s a great place to spend the day because there are food trucks available, music and the opportunity to enjoy locally brewed Devil’s Purse Beer or have a glass of wine, McManus said. The crafts fair kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and runs through 4 p.m. each day.

The CranJam music festival begins at 12:30 p.m. Schedule changes have shifted the lineup from what was originally announced. Initially, Bruce Maclean and the Tornadoes were scheduled to open the CranJam on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Entrain was going to close out the night, but there was a scheduling conflict, requiring Entrain and the Tornadoes to switch. So Entrain will be heard shortly after noon and Bruce Maclean and the Tornadoes will take to the stage at about 5:15 p.m. with a two-hour performance leading up to the fireworks show.

In between, the Dirty Water Dance Band, a local favorite featuring Melissa Barbosa on vocals, will bring reggae to the stage from 2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., followed by Grupo Gozarsa, a Latin and Afro-Cuban salsa band from Boston, from 3:30 and 4:45 p.m.

The Sunday CranJam opens at 12:15 p.m. with Craig Carter and The Hurricanes. Carter plays acoustic and electric guitar. Blues lovers will not want to miss Danielle Miraglia and the Glory Junkies when they take to the stage at 1:30 p.m. and play until 2:45 p.m. Last week Miraglia was named New England Music Award Best Female Performer 2019.

Fireworks will light up the sky Saturday night at the end of the set by the Tornadoes, a term familiar to Harwich after the July 23 storm, but this evening it will bring back memories of the Cyclones, because the band reunites Bruce Maclean and members of the Cyclones.

The fireworks will go off shortly after 8 p.m. The best viewing area is from the fields surrounding the community center. The display will be provided by Atlas Pyrotechnic of New Hampshire and the presenting sponsors are RPM Carpets and Floor Covering and Zudy.

“In conjunction with the Harwich Cranberry Festival, the chamber of commerce is happy once again to light up the sky over Harwich,” chamber executive director Cyndi Williams said of the Saturday night show.