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Community canvas, live music highlights Nevis Sites 'n Bites

Marsha Wolff of WolffWorks Artisan Gallery in Nevis explains to visitors the process of breaking glass for her mosaic art during Sites 'n Bites on Sunday. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)1 / 3
Morgan Stone, 12, of Park Rapids adds her artistic skills to a community canvas Sunday during Nevis Sites 'n Bites. Pam Stone, right, contributed to the adult canvas while Dorothy Noyes, left, greeted people at the visitors center. (Macky Warne/Enterprise)2 / 3
Corey Medina and Brothers perform on the Muskie Waters/Shennanigans Stage. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)3 / 3

A rainy morning that turned into a beautiful sunny afternoon proved to be wonderful for the second annual Nevis Sites 'n Bites held Sunday. Many happy faces walked the streets of Nevis at this afternoon event which consisted of arts and music, topped with delicious food.

There were many activities for adults and children to participate featuring a collaborative art project called community canvas painting. This consisted of two canvases - one for adults, the other for children - where everyone was encouraged to add their artistic touch to the paintings. The adult canvas was a sunset scene over a lake, and the children's canvas an underwater scene. Visitors off the street painted a fish, loon, dock, or tree, to add to the gorgeous scenes. At the end of the afternoon the paintings were auctioned off. The adult painting sold for $50 and the children's went for the high bid of $30, but $40 was generously donated.

Dorothy Noyes was one of the many helping hands in this community event and greeted people at the visitors center.

"Everyone was friendly. People really enjoyed themselves," she said.

The event was designed to raise money for the food shelf along with the money made from selling around 140 passport stamp cards.

The community canvas paintings weren't the only thing rocking at this local event. American musician Charlie Parr, and Corey Medina and Brothers (a blues-rock band, who will also be performing at Muskie Days, July 28-29), gave life to the stage late Sunday afternoon, providing folks with live music to listen and dance to. Also included during the entire afternoon were art and food vendors, sidewalk chalk art, a water balloon sling shot war-zone, face painting, cartoon drawing, and a mosaic demonstration.

Tracy Ganley, owner of Muskie Waters, was extremely pleased with the outcome.

"I love being a part of this. It was a good crowd, filled with nice people. I'd say it was a complete success."

With around $500 raised, and a large bin of food both donated towards the Hubbard County Food Shelf, Nevis Sites 'n Bites definitely turned out to be a "complete success."