Goodland art fest ropes 'em in


Goodland was a sea of humanity Sunday as people descended on the village for an assortment of activities that included the now-regular Harbor Arts & Music Festival.

Held at the Margood Harbor Park, the festival featured vendors showing photography, painting, mixed media, jewelry, glass art and wood carving – all against the background of an assortment of musicians that included Capt. Jac, JRobert and a deadpan "Chainsaw" proving himself to be a great conga maestro in addition to his normal percussion role in bands.

"We had a good crowd all day," said Goodland Arts Alliance President Tara O'Neil, herself and artist. "Folks mostly came for the art in the morning, and for the whole Goodland scene in the afternoon."

That was a reference to the overflowing Sunday shindig generated by nearby Stan's Seafood Restaurant, with merrymakers easing over to the arts festival by way of mutual benefit.

It was the third arts and musical festival of its kind, and O'Neil said it's building momentum all the time.

"Most vendors said it's the best show in a couple of years – and which is why they keep coming back," she said. "It's a limited venue and a quality show."

Among the more unusual vendors was a stall highlighting the For the Love of Cats organization, which "fixes" and feeds feral cats in the area.

Jan Rich, the ever-passionate president of the organization, said feral cats are a problem originally caused by people abandoning the animals, and that part of the solution is letting them be, once they're neutered. They're nocturnal, help keep down the rodent population, and are generally content with their lives. The monitored cats are also identifiable by notches in their left ears, painlessly done while they're being neutered.

But, Rich said, the ultimate goal is simply, no more homeless cats.