BELFAST — Waterfall Arts continues to bring free, outdoor, all-ages events to Waldo County this season.
On Saturday, June 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., all are invited to celebrate getting through a long, difficult year at “Funny HaHa,” an All Ages Art Happening (AAAH) at Steamboat Landing Park.
At this picnic-style, distanced gathering, kid-comics as young as four years old are invited to step up to the stage to share their best jokes or silly songs. There will be goofy games to get the crowd giggling, a collaborative doodle area, a special "Dad Joke" competition, and materials for a surprising drawing game the Surrealists called "Exquisite Corpse."
Attendees can wear wacky get-ups and bring picnics, but are asked to please avoid wrappers or other fly-away items, and to pack out all trash.
AAAH events hosted by Waterfall Arts are community-building “art parties” that engage people of all ages in memorable, multi-sensory experiences that everyone can enjoy – whether they consider themselves “artsy” or not.
The pandemic did not stop Waterfall Arts from bringing people together this way – starting with a living room dance party on Zoom last Spring to a well-attended Pumpkin Pageant in the Fall, AAAH events meet the needs of families seeking safe ways to reconnect in person. On a sunny Saturday in March, about twenty people circled up and gleefully opened handmade gifts exchanged by way of a passed basket. Chillier weather didn't stop two dozen locals from showing up to the Reny's parking lot for a sing-along with Ando Anderson in April.
According to Waterfall Arts, in a news release, one attendee tearfully admitted, "I wish it didn't have to end - it's so wonderful to be hearing laughter and just have a good time together again."
Organizer Bridget Matros says folks should expect the unexpected and consider themselves a part of the entertainment at Funny Haha.
"Belfast has no shortage of creative people, wonderful weirdos, and lovers of community parties – many of which Waterfall has hosted over the past twenty years in the basement of our building,” said Matros. “As that space transforms into our new glassblowing studio, I'm more than happy to bring those gatherings into the sun and fresh air. I think people are ready for it, too!"
“Waterfall Arts would like to thank our business sponsors, Page Gallery, Whitecap Builders, and Marshall Wharf Brewing Company,” said Waterfall.
Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, glass, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.