One of our city’s longest running fests, the annual Bucktown Arts Festival is an all-volunteer-produced event that celebrates the fresh and local Bucktown neighborhood, which derives its name from Polish settlers who raised goats – males being ‘bucks’. In an effort to cover the increasing costs of producing this festival, The Bucktown Arts Fest committee, a non-profit organization, is raising ‘bucks’ at The Goat Party on Friday, July 27, 6pm-11pm at the Jackson Junge Gallery, located at 1389 North Milwaukee. The Goat Party promises an abundance of art, music, neighbors, laughter and local color. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door for:
- Delightful wines from Lulu B and frothy brews from Milwaukee Brewing Company
- Foodstuffs from your favorite local restaurants
- Art in action from the players of Collaboraction Theatre and more
- Live and silent auction items from more than 50 local businesses and Bucktown Arts Fest artists! Items available for bidding include:
- A smashing cocktail party for eight of your closest friends at Club Lucky
- A Bucktown-inspired, custom-designed piece of jewelry from Radiance Fine Jewelry
- A one-night getaway at Bucktown favorite Ray’s Bed and Breakfast
- A stunning wall art canvas from Threadless Tee’s new line
- A fabulously chic cocktail party from Goddess & Grocer
- And that’s just the beginning….
- All sent off with the hilarity of celebrity auctioneers Brian Peck, the morning drive host on 100.3 REWIND and Anthony Mosely, executive artistic director of Collaboraction Theater.
- Plus, a “Split the Pot” raffle where the winner could walk away with cold, hard cash.
Tax-deductible donations from The Goat Party will help foster blossoming artists and musicians from ages 6 to 86. Now in its 27th year, the Bucktown Arts Fest is a non-profit, all volunteer neighborhood celebration of the arts-with no corporate sponsorship.
Each year, all of the BAF proceeds go to fund, develop and support arts and education programming for the Bucktown/Wicker Park communities. In addition to year-round programming at Holstein Park, the BAF sponsors organizations such as Zephyr Dance, Ensemble Espaniole and give aspiring artists scholarships through the annual Effie Mihopoulos Awards.
The Bucks Start Here
Each year, a group of 20 committed, generous volunteers come together for months to plan the details to make the BAF a great experience for both artists and the attendees. Then hundreds more volunteers come out to make the actual weekend operate smoothly. All of the proceeds are used to fund, develop and support arts and education programming at Holstein Park and in the Bucktown/Wicker Park community. “Most people don’t know that the Bucktown Arts Fest is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and no paid event planner,” explains Melissa Hellstern, president of the BAF. “The Goat Party,” says Hellstern, “is a new way for the community to celebrate, while also supporting the mission of the Bucktown Arts Fest to help ensure its legacy for the next 27 years.”
The Fine Print
The Goat Party
Friday, July 27; 6pm-11pm
Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 North Milwaukee Avenue
$40 in advance at www.bucktownartsfest.com or $50 at the door
2012 Bucktown Arts Fest
Saturday & Sunday, August 25-26, 2012
corner of Lyndale and Oakley
Links to the party on Eventbrite
or you can buy tickets to the party (sans fee) HERE.