Ashland – Ashland’s first Dragonfly Festival, to be held Saturday, Aug. 23, 4 p.m. to dark, at Mill Pond Park and on the grounds of the Ashland Historical Society, 2 Myrtle St., was conceived as a way to bring the Ashland community together to celebrate arts. Dragonfly lanterns and floating lanterns will be lit at dusk. Parking is available at 30 Main and 60 Pleasant streets. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24. There will also be a related Dragonfly photo exhibit at noon and a dragonfly lantern-making workshop at 1:30 p.m. at Ashland Library, 66 Front St.
The festival is a free event for all ages, and performers include Perry Desmond-Davies, Seth Connelly, and Barbara Kessler. There will also be Indian music and dance, improv theater, drummers, dragonfly crafts for kids by artist Suzie Meeker, artisans, and food by The Carve, Kabob House, and Anna Banana’s Homemade Goodness.