Ocean Reef Beach Festival: Conservation comes to Satellite Beach

December 8, 2015

Thanks to the cooperation of the weather and cooler temperatures on Saturday, residents focused on conservation were able to attend the 2015 Ocean Reef Beach Festival comfortably. Activities, live music and events, and the numerous vendors kept the crowds entertained throughout the day. The annual event once again took place at Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach, Florida, overlooking a very active Atlantic Ocean, which created strong rip-tide warnings in the area, but also created a pleasant breezy morning and afternoon for participants.

Beautiful, breezy day on the edge of the Atlantic. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Beautiful, breezy day for a beach festival located on the edge of the Atlantic. December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Great day to attend a beach festival Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Festival overlooks the Atlantic, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis

The 4th Annual Ocean Reef Beach Festival celebrates the ocean lifestyle in a family atmosphere by filling the event with local surfboard shapers, educational programs, conservation and preservation vendors, a “Slow-Down, Chow-Down Chowder Cook-Off”, a video contest and exhibition, not to mention some of the best from the local ocean arts community.

Artist Unknown, Ocean Reef Beach Festival Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Artist Unknown, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Al Allison's Custom Tikis Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Al Allison’s Custom Tikis. December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Al Allison's Custom Tikis Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Al Allison’s Custom Tikis, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis

Participating in this year’s event were artists like Dawn Harrell, a native Floridian, who stated that she has, “participated in this event since the beginning” and that it is the “ only art festival” she will attend due to festival’s itself promotion of conversation and preservation. Another local artist, Hassan, was enjoying the fine temperatures while hawking his wares, paintings, and prints with a Hawaiian meets Nightmare before Christmas flair. (Pictures)

Native Florida Artist Dawn Harrell Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Art by Native Florida Artist Dawn Harrell, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Native Florida Artist Dawn Harrell Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Native Florida Artist Dawn Harrell, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Artist Hassan Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Artist Hassan, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Artist Hassan Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Artist booth ,with art by Hassan December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis

According to attendee Wendi Turman, a local beach and arts lover, she found it to be a “much larger event” than she anticipated for her “small, little beach community.” She was impressed with the “amount of hands-on demonstrations and workshops” that children had to participate in to teach them various conservation techniques, plus fun activities such as the sea turtle maze.

Blue Life Florida with interactive demo Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Blue Life Florida with interactive demo, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Crowds turn out for the festival Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Crowds turn out for the festival, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis

 

Mrs. Turman stated that she was also impressed with the fact that the festival was had a “lot of great art to look at” and was “not filled with a bunch of vendors with similar items,” but instead had a nice mixture of artists, locale, background music, and interactive conservation and preservation activities designed towards education. She is looking forward to not only attending the event next year, but also participating as an artist.

Sold to benefit Blue Life Florida Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Sold to benefit Blue Life Florida, footprint butterfly lawn ornament, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Oyster Mat Program through the Brevard Zoo Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Oyster Mat Program through the Brevard Zoo, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Art by C Spray etching & engraving Photo by J.L. DeAngelis
Art by C Spray etching & engraving, December 6, 2015 at Ocean Reef Beach Festival, Satellite Beach, FL. Photo by J.L. DeAngelis

To find out more information about the Ocean Reef Beach Festival, it’s sponsors, and conservation efforts visit http://oceanreefbeachfestival.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/orbfest.

 

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