Philadelphia: Manayunk’s Main Street hummed with the buzz of countless conversations Saturday afternoon, but without the amplified booms of vendors hawking wares or shouting revelers.

The place was overrun by invaders – chatty, friendly invaders. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists laid siege to Main Street for the first day of the 24th annual Manayunk Arts Festival this weekend.

Throw in the sun beating down overhead, and there was an almost peaceful air Saturday afternoon as the crowds flowed past vendors who waited to show off their work: paintings, sculptures, jewelry.

And, visitors noticed, “Arts” went beyond the traditional sense, with scarves, hammocks, jewelry made of dried fruit, and even superhero capes on display.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk