The Northport Village Chalk Walk Festival will take place Sunday, September 26, providing an opportunity for children and adults to illustrate the Village streets in celebration of all things Northport. Professional artists and their younger counterparts are welcome to begin their chalk creations that morning; spectators will walk the festival from 12-5pm.
Artists will be assigned a space in front of participating storefronts, while children are free to decorate the Village Park walkways with their own washable chalk.
“It’s a fun way to bring the community together, where kids through professional artists can sketch their ideas,” explained Lori Badanes, owner of Einstein’s Attic and one of the event’s organizers. “If there’s a two-year-old who wants to squiggle on the sidewalk, or someone who wants an assigned place for a bigger idea, everyone is included.”
This will be the Village’s second Chalk Walk Festival, following an inaugural run in 2019. Northport residents and visitors then were able to walk Main Street, Woodbine Avenue and the park to explore colorful illustrations that honored the Village’s 125th anniversary.
“It’s so beautiful when you look at them, and they’re up for a day or two because the professional chalk lasts longer, even if it rains,” Lori said.
To draw in front of a participating business, reserve a space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Janet Hoeft from the Northport Chamber of Commerce. Professional artist grade chalk is available to adults with an assigned space and can be picked up at 9am the morning of the festival.
Drawing isn’t allowed in front of the police station, fire station or theater. Children and adults are welcome to draw in the park without reserving a space ahead of time, so pack your chalk and get creative, before – or after – exploring the other pieces throughout the Village.