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Hundreds brave weather for the Festival of Dark Arts in Astoria

Stout beer celebration at Fort George
By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 19, 2018 8:32AM

Last changed on February 19, 2018 9:16AM

Belly dancers entertain the crowd at the Festival of Dark Arts in Astoria.

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Belly dancers entertain the crowd at the Festival of Dark Arts in Astoria.

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Robbie Frankel prepares to blow glass.

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Robbie Frankel prepares to blow glass.

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Travis Gaydos works with metal on top of an anvil during the festival.

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Travis Gaydos works with metal on top of an anvil during the festival.

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Dancers perform with fire in the rain near the end of the evening’s festivities.

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Dancers perform with fire in the rain near the end of the evening’s festivities.

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Rain pours down on performers during the Festival of Dark Arts.

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Rain pours down on performers during the Festival of Dark Arts.

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Many workers at the Fort George Brewery were dressed up for the occasion.

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Many workers at the Fort George Brewery were dressed up for the occasion.

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Hundreds of people turned up over the weekend for the Festival of Dark Arts at Fort George Brewery.

The event featured a wide selection of stout beers to choose from as spectators took in live music and other attractions. Glass blowers, metal forgers, ice sculptors and performers swinging fire around their heads thrilled the nearly capacity crowd for most of the day Saturday despite bad weather.

The recently expanded brewery complex, combined with the shutdown of a block of 14th Street on the west side of the building, allowed more space for this years’ event.











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