WESTPORT – Residents and tourists alike crowded the streets of Westport for the first-ever Westporch Festival Saturday, while live music was played from porches of homes and businesses.
The inaugural event allowed for people to walk through Westport while listening to live music and performances for no charge. The sound of music could be heard as you drove or walked into the village.
The sun was brightly beaming down on the village as the air filled with the sounds of singing, the strums of guitars, harmonicas and other instruments. While musicians could play what they liked from originals to covers, there were many folk, country and classic rock songs being played from the different porches around.
There were 18 different performances from noon to 4 p.m. spread out all across Westport porches, but the event was mainly centred on the downtown core of the village.
Porches became a showcase for musicians, regional artists, demonstrations and other activities, including a cooking demonstration with a drag queen, an antique tractor and car display, textile art installation, porchside blacksmithing, and a kid zone with treats, balloons and arm and hand painting and more.
Attendees took the day of music and performances as an opportunity to visit many of the different locations throughout the village, from Concession Street to Bedford Street and everywhere in between. A map was available to download that showcased the variety of porches involved in the event and a lineup of performers was hung on posts for passesrby to read.
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times