City gears up for annual Arts and Music Festival

File Artist Richard Birkett, left, of Fantasy Clocks in Otego, discusses his work with Oneonta resident Mike Falco during last year's City of the Hills Art and Music Festival on Main Street in Oneonta.

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta will host the 17th annual City of the Hills Art and Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oneonta's Main Street. 

Regional artists, craftworkers, musicians and writers will be in attendance at the festival, according to a CANO media release, and all the events are free and open to the public. CANO hosts free monthly art exhibitions, music open mics and writers’s salons, according to its website.

Saturday's festival will highlight about 50 vendors selling ceramics, housewares, jewelry, clothing, photography, paintings, drawings, paper goods, knitted wares, accessories and more. 

The purpose of the event is to link artists, promote the arts and educate the community, said Joanna Cacciola, board president of CANO. 

"The festival allows us to do that all in one big fun day," she said.

The Main Stage, at Muller Plaza, will feature Yolanda Bush and the Coolwater Collective, the Dale Toliver Band and a belly dance performance by the Lunachix.

On the acoustic stage near City Hall, there will be readings by Becca Wagner, Tori Curtis, GianLuca Avanzato and performances by Rickety Fence and Coyote Love. The Busking Stage, near the Artisan's Guild, will have performances by Salvaggio Downey, Bruce Campbell, Wendy Slicer and Tributary.

A children's activity tent near Community Bank will have a pottery lesson with Tim Gargash, face painting, balloons and a musical performance. 

Food trucks offering Italian ice, Tickled Pink BBQ and Outback John’s will be available. Cacciola said usually there are a couple thousand people that show up to the festival each year, not just limited to Oneonta residents. People have come from Otego, Meredith and in between, as well as Sidney. The hope is to get people to buy the art and patronize the restaurants on Main Street, she said. 

All artists are eligible for prizes that will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at Muller Plaza, Cacciola said. 

To view the full schedule with times and learn more about the event, go to

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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