Harwich Cranberry Festival Gets Underway Saturday

By: William F. Galvin

The Harwich Cranberry Festival will return this year after a hiatus due to the pandemic. FILE PHOTO

HARWICH - The two-day Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival and Chamber of Commerce fireworks display will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

We’ve got talented crafters, terrific music and great food vendors and there is an opportunity to address a thirst,” Harwich Cranberry Festival President Ed McManus said of the festival’s return after a year off due to the pandemic. “We’re expecting a good time and encouraging everyone to come.”

The festival takes place behind the community center on Oak Street, and 110 crafts vendors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with some crafters operating later on Saturday while the CranJam Music Festival continues to pump out music until dusk. McManus said a dozen community based non-profit organizations will be distributing information and raising funds in different fashions. There will be entertainment for kids, including the Balloon Guy.

The CranJam Music Festival begins Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:15 p.m. (see schedule).

The Chamber of Commerce fireworks will be launched  from across the street shortly after 8 p.m. on Saturday.  Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams said the best place to park is on the Monomoy Regional High School property, and the best place to watch the fireworks is on the lawn in front of the school.

McManus said the health department has requested that people who are not vaccinated wear a mask, especially when out among the crafters, food trucks, and in the music tent, where it can get crowded.

CRANJAM MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Saturday Sept. 18

 12:30 p.m. Heyday

 1:45 p.m. Porch Party Mamas

 3:45 p.m. Entrain

 5:45 p.m. Catbirds with Chandler Travis

Fireworks 8 p.m.

Sunday Blues

 12:15 p.m. The Undaunted Professor Harp

 1:30 p.m. Danielle Miraglia and The Glory Junkies

The schedule is subject to change