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Christina Campa and Charley Morrow, winners of 2011 Hat Contest

Marblehead Festival of Arts Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception

The Marblehead Festival of Arts Annual Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception will be held Sunday, June 24, from 5 to 7 pm, under a tent at Fort Sewall, overlooking beautiful Marblehead Harbor. The Reception heralds the opening of the Marblehead Festival of Arts, which will be held June 30-July 4.

Event co-chairs Peter Jackson, Sandy McLaughlin and Lisa Hooper are busy lining up more than a dozen area restaurants which will showcase their menu specialties. Live music will be provided by Ned & The Big Babies, a soulful roots rock & punk band. Also featured is the annual Hat Contest where guests’ creations are rated in several categories.

The Champagne & Culinary Arts Reception is a fundraising event for the summer Arts Festival. Invitations will be available in advance at various Marblehead locations for $50 or on June 24 for $55. For additional information, please visit