Art on the Rail Trail (ART) will hold the second annual chalk art contest and festival in Delmar on Saturday, September 21, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. “Chalk the Walk,” a multi-faceted community event, will be held on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, beginning at the pocket park near Stewart’s at 309 Delaware Avenue. The event will begin with a family-friendly chalk art contest on the Rail Trail with the community voting for prizes donated by Merriman & Pfister’s Marketplace and Stewarts Shops starting at 5:00 PM. If you would like to participate in the chalk contest, you can purchase a 3 foot by 3 foot square to chalk your own design on the trail! Registration is $10.00 in advance and $15.00 on the day of Chalk the Walk. All proceeds from chalk square sales will benefit murals and artwork on the Rail Trail and are tax-deductible, as ART is a committee of the non-profit organization Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy.
Food, Music, and an Art Festival too!
During Chalk the Walk, the community can enjoy an artist festival, food trucks, and live music on the Rail Trail. People are encouraged to walk or bike to see the chalk art on the trail, and then enjoy the music and locally crafted food and beverages. Three local bands and musicians will perform: Hot Tuesday, Malvina, and Capitol Harmony (a youth acapella group). Food will include: Field Notes, a farm-to-table outfit sourcing their menu from Lansing Farms in Colonie; Emack & Bolio will bring their ice cream truck from Albany; Delmar-based Market Pops will sell creative ice pops – from a tricycle! – made with local ingredients and joy; and local business Surf Juices will round out the tasty refreshments.
The art fair will be directly on the Rail Trail and will feature original paintings, handmade quilts, flower arrangements, and jewelry, among other goods, sold by local artists.
Please note that the Rail Trail will remain completely open during this event, as the chalk art takes place on only half of the trail surface. Event organizers thank trail walkers and bikers in advance for sharing the trail in this section and for slowing down a bit to enjoy the art and festivities along their way.
Bringing People Together
“Art on the Rail Trail is holding the Chalk the Walk event as a way to bring awareness to the murals on the trail, the connections between the Rail Trail and our local businesses, and also to bring people together in a festive and creative way,” says Karen Shaw, co-organizer for the event. “We’ve also partnered with Merriman and Pfister’s Marketplace, a local art and gift shop in downtown Delmar. They have been champions of the local art community, and we wanted them to be involved.” Merriman and Pfister’s Marketplace has donated gift certificates to their Delmar store for the top three chalk art squares; Stewarts gift certificates will also be included in the prizes.
Vote for Your Favorite Chalk Art!
Artists will be judged by passerby on the trail, but participants are encouraged to just have fun with their chalk art! “Anyone who wants to vote on which chalk art square they love the most, can vote,” adds co-organizer Caroline Barrett, “We wanted to give the community a chance to be involved – even if they aren’t creating a chalk drawing.” Voting will start at 5:00 PM, and ballots will be collected at 6:00 PM. Winners will be notified that day.
Volunteers are needed from 1 – 6 PM! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.