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What better way to celebrate the return of spring than by spending an afternoon outdoors benefiting a charitable cause? Hope on Goat, a fundraiser for local non-profit Yo Art, was the perfect low key Saturday fete, and partygoers flocked to Goat Island throughout the afternoon. 

After a short boat ride to the island, guests walked up a scenic dock and entered through the silent auction. Musicians played on a stage at the front of the party, and partygoers crowded around the oyster tables, which were piled high with steaming shellfish. While the adults enjoyed oysters, hot dogs, fish stew, and beer, the children got creative at the art tables, helped to paint a mural, or played with a bubble machine. There was no shortage of canine companions, and a number of dogs roamed about the party. A pet pig also made an appearance, which was a huge hit with those who attended.

The silent auction eventually drew to a close, with partygoers crowding in to try to place one last bid. Then it was back to the lawn chairs and oyster tables to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

Hope on Goat benefited Yo Art, a local non-profit which strives to enhance the classroom curriculum with media arts programming designed to spark students’ curiosity and engage them in issues beyond their own life boundaries. Yo Art partners with local  artists and arts organizations to provide comprehensive arts education, nurturing relationships and high expectations that enable young people to better know and express themselves as they discover and develop their artistic gifts.