Wayland is a Municipal Partner in the First Annual MetroFest, September 20

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Wayland is pleased to be a municipal partner in MetroFest, a showcase of the region’s music, arts and culinary offerings.  The first event of its kind in the region, MetroFest is a project of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau.  It is expected to attract more than 8,000 visitors, 25 food trucks, and a wide range of activities for guests of all ages.  The event will take place on September 20th, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm rain or shine at the Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex located at 475 Union Ave, Framingham, MA.

Wayland will have three tents:  the municipal tent, Arts/Wayland, and the Golden Tones.  In addition, the Wayland Daddios will perform on the community stage.  Any group interested in contributing to the display of Wayland’s cultural, environmental, and arts programs is encouraged to contact Mary Antes (mantes2@verizon.net).

Admission fees are only $5 for guests ages 13 and up, and only $2 for children ages 5-12.  There is no charge for children ages 4 and under, and all will enjoy free access to bounce houses, face painters, and entertainment.

There is no parking at the Bowditch Complex!  Free shuttles run continuously, 10:45am-5:15pm from three nearby Framingham lots:

  1. McCarthy Elementary School, 8 Flagg Drive
  2. Fuller Middle School, 31 Flagg Drive
  3. Middlesex County Juvenile Courthouse, 110 Mt. Wayte Avenue

 

The complete press release for the event is included below:

WAYLAND IS A MUNICIPAL PARTNER IN THE FIRST ANNUAL METROFEST ON SEPT. 20, 2014
PROMOTING LOCAL ARTS, MUSIC AND FOOD 

Additional municipalities, artists, crafters, civic organizations and arts/culture-oriented businesses welcome to complete applications for the region’s first 19-town festival

Wayland is proud to participate in The MetroWest Visitors Bureau’s MetroFest 2014 presented by Middlesex Savings Bank, a showcase of the region’s music, arts and culinary offerings.  Wayland, MA is one of the inaugural municipal partners in the festival, the first event of its kind in the region.  MetroFest is expected to attract more than 8,000 visitors, 25 food trucks, and a wide range of activities for guests of all ages.  The event will take place on September 20th, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm rain or shine at the Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex located at 475 Union Ave, Framingham, MA.

Wayland will showcase the natural resources and unique organizations that make it a great place to live.  Discover more about our conservation trails, the soon-to-be-developed rail trail, our historic theater, historical society, music, and local artists.  Wayland’s own Daddios will be performing on the main stage.

Along with the Title Sponsor Middlesex Savings Bank, the event’s presenting sponsors include Distinctive Hospitality Group and SKYBOKX 109 GastroSports, Framingham Ford Lincoln and MetroWest Medical Center. Additional supporting sponsors include Ameresco, American Medical Response, Bath Fitter, Fitts Insurance Agency, Fletcher Tilton PC, Foundation for MetroWest, Framingham State University, Jack’s Abby Brewing, Next Step Living, The TJX Companies, and Wexler Chiropractic & Wellness Center.

“We are proud to have so many participants showing their deep commitment to arts and culture throughout the MetroWest region,” said Susan Nicholl, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau who was instrumental in conceiving and launching MetroFest. “ Thanks to the generous support of our partnering municipalities, sponsors and supporters, we can experience the best food, art and performances right in our own backyard – and festival-goers will discover the many reasons to keep coming back to our region throughout the year.”

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band headlines the SKYBOKX 109 GastroSports Main Stage, and joins Steve Smith and the Nakeds in entertaining the crowd.  Quality artists/crafters will feature one-of-a-kind items for sale, while regional organizations will draw crowds and engage visitors with presentations of year-round programs and raffles for memberships and prizes.  Communities from throughout the region will showcase their favorite cultural organizations, destinations and attractions on a Community Stage presented by MetroWest Medical Center.

Food Truck Festivals of New England, well known for putting on an eclectic culinary event and drawing crowds from great distances, have arranged participation by 25 prestigious mobile eateries, with an appearance by celebrity chef Chris Coombs (Boston Chops, Deuxave and dbar).  Trucks hail from throughout the Bay State; MetroWest trucks include Benny’s Crepe Café (Framingham), Captain Marden’s Cod Squad (Wellesley), and Trolley Dogs (Natick), among others.

Priced affordably so all can attend, MetroFest introduces the region’s residents to the local culture abundant in their own backyards.  Admission fees are only $5 for guests ages 13 and up, and only $2 for children ages 5-12.  There is no charge for children ages 4 and under, and all will enjoy free access to bounce houses, face painters, and entertainment.

For more information about becoming a Sponsor or Volunteer for MetroFest 2014, contact Sue Lonergan, Director of MetroFest 2014 at Sue.MetroFest@MetroWestVisitors.org or (617) 840-2333. If you are interested in becoming an Exhibitor, contact MetroFest Program Director, Kirby Pallis at Kirby.MetroFest@MetroWestVisitors.org or (978) 302-6009 or for an Exhibitor Application form, visit http://www.metrowestvisitors.org/metrofest-vendor/  Be sure to frequently visit http://www.metrowestvisitors.org/metrofest or visit the MetroFest 2014 Facebook page for updated information on parking and shuttle locations, participating exhibitors, food trucks and entertainment.

An independent nonprofit organization, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau works to stimulate the region’s economy by marketing MetroWest’s assets – cultural, historical, culinary and retail – to residents and visitors.  Launched late in 2011, the MetroWest Visitors Bureau boasts 230 members and a vibrant yearlong calendar of marketing initiatives, printed ad campaigns and publications, and creative programs to brand the region and engage the community.  For more information, please visit www.MetroWestVisitors.org.

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