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June 8, 2008

EASTHAM - Your fingers are nearly guaranteed to fly at the annual Hands on the Arts Festival next weekend. Home to the Cape's oldest working historical windmill, the green is transformed by the Eastham Cultural Council into an arts showcase geared to delight kids of all ages.

Under the big tent, visitors can explore arts and crafts like Japanese brush painting, jewelry making, easel painting, and fiber arts, all taught by local artists. Burgeoning artists can try their hands at making paper flowers, shell ornaments, and braided key chains. A perpetual crowd pleaser is the sculpture crafted from found objects, proving again the adage that one person's trash is another's person's work of art.

Besides the activities in the tent, the works of more than 50 artists will be on sale during the juried craft show.

Once you've had your fill of the visual it's time to move on to the performing arts. The costumed, handmade Gerwick Puppets will perform plays both days. And the Yo-Yo People show there's more to the pastime than old school tricks like walk the dog.

For music lovers, Tripping Lily, a group featuring stringed instruments such as mandolin, violin, and ukulele, will bring their blend of bluegrass and quirky pop, and Provincetown Jazz Festival founder and drummer Bart Weisman will perform with his entourage.

Hungry? There will be plenty of barbecue and made-to-order sandwiches for sale.

MARTY BASCH

Hands on the Arts Festival, June 14-15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Windmill Green, Eastham. 508-240-5915, handsonthearts.com. Free.

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