Wassaic, N.Y.  - The wildly successful Wassaic Project Last Saturdays series kicks-off the 2014 season with a small town community block party with a twist on Sat May 31. Wassaic's very own volunteer fire department will lead a parade of cheerleaders, boy scouts, floats constructed by Webutuck middle schoolers and a procession of Webutuck high schoolers wearing "Architectural Beast" masks created with Wassaic Project artists Cosmo Design Factory.

What Cheer? Brigade, an exuberant 19-piece brass band will provide the music for the cakewalk, where participants play musical chairs for cakes donated from the local community. The winners of field day games such as the Three-Legged Race will be awarded blue ribbons. The party will extend into the evening with live music and food at the local bar, the Lantern.

Jeff Barnett-Winsby, co-director of the Wassaic Project announces, "We are excited to build on the success of our Summer Festival by expanding our offerings throughout the summer. Creating excitement and activity is central to our mission of community redevelopment."

3pm - Residency Open Studios
4pm - Parade and Block Party, What Cheer? Brigade: a 19-piece brass band, Artist Made Floats
5pm - Community Cake Walk*, Three-Legged Race & More
6pm - Live Music & Pig Roast at the Lantern*
*$5 fee to participate - a share of the proceeds go to the Volunteer Fire Department

About Last Saturdays
Wassaic Project's Last Saturdays offers a variety of FREE arts programing on the last Saturday of every month May through October. Artists in Residence Open Studios also take place on these days and allow viewers to speak with the artists about their projects and processes. Each Last Saturday will also feature a guided tour of the Exhibition, Seeing the Sky.

Upcoming Last Saturdays
Sats May 31, Jun 28, Jul 26, Aug 30, Sep 27, Oct 25
FREE

May 31 - Community Day Parade and Block Party
A 19-piece brass band, artist-made floats, cakewalk, field games, live music and food.

Jun 28 - Interactive Artist Projects
Participatory projects from some of our favorite artists. Get a manicure from Breanne Trammell as part of "Nails Across America," pose for the camera in masks created for Cosmo Design Factory's "Architectural Beasts: The Photo Booth," discuss the notion of progress in Emily Puthoff's teardrop trailer for her "Wayfinding Series," and play a birdwatching game for Raúl Hott's "Birders."

Jul 26 - Outdoor Screening Series: Indie Feature Film Premiere
A pre-release screening viewed underneath the stars.

Aug 30 - Outdoor Screening Series: Short Film Selection from 2014 Festival
A second chance to view the curated films featured at the Festival

Sep 27 - The 3rd Annual Sandwich Club Summit
Back by popular demand! Fellow sandwich enthusiasts come together to discuss important topics in the sandwich field.

Oct 25 - Haunted House and Halloween Festivities
Fun for the whole family! Halloween festivities including hay rides, a spooky haunted mill, and hands-on farm activities. Hosted by the Wassaic Project, the Wassaic Volunteer Fire Department, the Lantern, and the Wassaic Community Farm.

The Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition - Weekends Jun 15 - Sept 1, 2014
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 - 5pm
Seeing the Sky, the Wassaic Project's seventh annual summer exhibition, speaks about how artists explore, examine, and work within their environments. Considering the wonders that are most familiar to all of us, this year's show asks viewers to pause and evaluate the overlooked and fascinating in their own lives. The Wassaic Project invites viewers to climb the seven stories of the Maxon Mills grain elevator, and experience the work of over 70 emerging artists, half of whom are Wassaic Artist Residency alumni. Seeing the Sky features the natural world and themes of habitation through the eyes of the artist. Featured Exhibition artists include Friendly Falcons, Kari Reardon, Tara Cooper and Terry O'Neill, Mandy Lamb, Anna Beeke, Guillaume Légaré and Cosmo Design Factory.

Tour of the exhibition: the Last Saturday of the month at 4pm (Jun - Aug)
Location: The Maxon Mills 37 Furnace Bank Road Wassaic, NY 12592

The Wassaic Project Summer Festival Aug 1-3, 2014
The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a FREE, annual, multi-disciplinary celebration of art, music, dance, and community featuring over 70 artists, 15 bands, film screenings, dance performances, and much more! Housed in the unique buildings and property of the Wassaic Project, the festival escapes the white walls of traditional art spaces and focuses on site-sensitive installations and performances. The festival creates a weekend-long opportunity for artists and performers of all mediums to come together, exchange ideas, learn new things, and engage in a thriving community. Participants are encouraged to come for the day or stay the weekend, camping onsite. Programming is cutting-edge yet family friendly. The beautiful Hamlet of Wassaic is remarkably accessible from NYC and a short walk from the Wassaic MetroNorth train station. Funding for the festival comes from art sales, micro-spending, sponsorship, and donations. Featured Festival artists include New Academy Press, Shane Morrissey, Lauren Pakradooni, Harvest Henderson, T. Charnan Lewis and Emily Puthoff. Throughout the weekend Zebediah Keneally will stage a special performance called Fight Night!. Celebrity, historical and fictional characters wearing costumes and paper mache masks will duke it out to win the tournament's championship belt. Come place your $1 bets on Bob Marley vs. Abraham Lincoln or God vs. Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto!

About the The Wassaic Project
The Wassaic Project is an incubator for emerging artists located in the historic hamlet of Wassaic, NY, offering programs that both create a community that supports great art and use art as a force for strengthening the surrounding community. Programming includes an annual Exhibition in the Maxon Mills, a repurposed seven story grain elevator, showcasing emerging artists; The Wassaic Artist Residency Program bringing artists to the Wassiac community to live and work; an annual Summer Festival with curated art, music, dance and film; and Education programs bringing professional artists into local public schools and inviting these children to the exhibition space to explore, discuss and create contemporary art.

CONTACT INFO
The Maxon Mills
37 Furnace Bank Road
Wassaic, NY 12592
+1 (347) 815-0783
wassaicproject.org

Mailing Address:
PO Box 220
Wassaic, NY 12592

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For more information, photos, and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Samantha Best, Media and Communications Manager, (347) 468-6578, press@wassaicproject.org

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The Wassaic Project Announces Last Saturdays Kick-off: Community Day