After a torrential rain Saturday night, the sun came out just in time for the fourth annual Sites and Bites festival in Nevis Sunday afternoon. While the breeze was chilly enough that some participants wore sweatshirts and stocking hats, others strolled through town in shorts and t-shirts.
The main purpose behind this event is to raise funds for the Akeley/Nevis Food Shelf while showcasing what Nevis has to offer and encourage them to come back throughout the summer. Visitors to Sites and Bites who donated $3 for the food shelf got their passport stamped and those who returned them were entered in a drawing for prizes.
Sites and Bites committee chair Tracy Ganley said they took in over $400 in passport money at the event, plus donations at local businesses and money from the sale of the community paintings. Some attendees also donated food items.
"I was happy with the event this year," Ganley said. People were having fun and it was a beautiful day."
The Nevis C & C sponsors the event. "I'd like to thank the members of the Nevis Women's Club who donated their time to sell passports at the visitor center and the businesses who participated," Ganley said.
Nevis Women's Club members also sold collectibles, crafts, Christmas items and baked goods at the event to raise funds for their upcoming pollinator project.
As they strolled through town, people visited with local artisans and sampled a variety of food.
Shennanigan's stage featured live music by Rob and Jill, Tate McLane and Brothers Burn Mountain.
Ganley started the Sites and Bites four years ago. "When we decided to showcase food, we asked the food shelf if they needed help and they said yes," she said. "We've been doing it ever since."
As for next year's Sites and Bites, Ganley said they are considering moving it to Saturday. "That's still in the works with the committee," she said. "We are thinking maybe the crowd would be bigger with the fishing contest on Saturday."
Anyone interested in volunteering for next year's event should contact the C&C.
Ganley encouraged anyone who missed the music Sunday to come to Nevis Tuesday nights. "We have free live music from 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday at Shennanigan's stage near the water tower," she said.