Aug. 16--DOVER -- The Cochecho Arts Festival continued Friday with performance by the Mallett Brothers Band, a nationally touring rock/country band from Maine.
The Mallett Brothers Band, formed in 2009, was named best band in New England at the New England Music Awards this year. On Friday, children and adults alike were seen clapping, stomping their feet, and dancing into the sunset at Henry Law Park.
Among the visitors enjoying the music were husband and wife Brian and Dianne Chase, of Somersworth, who were relaxing in the grassy field at Henry Law Park on their lawn chairs as the six-piece band entertained hundreds of visitors.
"They're awesome," said Dianne of the Mallett Brothers.
Dianne and Brian have been coming to the Cochecho Arts Festival as long as they can remember. Although they have moved to different communities in the local area over the years, the venue at Henry Law Park keeps them coming back, said Dianne.
The Cochecho Arts Festival, she said, provides a perfect Friday night out. The music is always changing, and it's always good, said Dianne.
"It's what Dover is all about," said Ryan Queenan, the community events manager for the Chamber of Commerce. "Community comes out and has a great time."
The festival on Friday featured not only music, but also visual art.
Anne Twombly, 22, who is working on a degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire, was painting a self-portrait at one of the stations at the festival.
Twombly, of Exeter, said painting at Henry Law Park makes the art form more fun.
She said although she typically paints by herself, "Here, I have people come talk to me, talk about what they're doing."
Twombly said it was also good to see children work on making self-portraits, and parents being involved in creativity with them.
The Cochecho Arts Festival, which is sponsored by local businesses, said Queenan. Friday's performance by the Mallett Brothers was sponsored by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.
The performance by the Mallett Brothers on Friday was part of the headliner series of the Cochecho Arts Festival, which is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The next performance as part of the series will take place Friday, Aug. 22, when Ryan Brooks Kelly is scheduled to perform.
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