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Fine Arts & Craft Festival this weekend! March 26, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. One of my favorite shows of the year, the 2011 9th Annual Juried Spring Fine Arts & Craft Festival, is being held today and tomorrow in nearby Kutztown, PA.

The show is held on the beautiful Kutztown University campus in Keystone Hall (Trexler Avenue/South Campus Drive and Baldy Street) from 9 to 5 today, March 26, and from 10 to 4 tomorrow, the 27th. In addition to the truly marvelous arts and crafts, you’ll find live music, refreshments, a raffle, and hourly door prizes. Admission is $4 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.

I’m always especially drawn to the handmade jewelry, beads, clothing, and exquisite watercolors and nature photography. But there’s plenty more. As the organizers say: “You’ll be delighted by the selection of quality handcrafted traditional and contemporary work. This year’s festival features traditional wood turning, Shaker boxes, braided and penny rugs, scherenshnitte (elaborate paper cutting), folk art and theorem painting, calligraphy, basketry, tinsmithing, redware, folk art Santas, block printing, quilting, felting, and weaving, as well as contemporary ceramics, glass, jewelry, dried florals, wearable art, photography, and fine artwork produced by juried master craftsmen and fine artisans.”

Check it out at www.RBcrafts.org. And if you go, especially today, make a day of it: Stop by Renninger’s Farmers’ Market and Flea Market (turn onto Noble Street from Main Street and look for it a few blocks up on your right). Check out the carefully chosen selection of used and rare books at our friend Brendan Strasser’s Saucony Book Shop, enjoy the marvelous artisanal jewelry, ceramics, and other wonders at Made gallery and the exquisite clothing, jewelry, and sundry delights at Adam N’Eve Boutique (all three are on Main Street, on the right-hand side).

There are plenty of other fun shops—including antiques stores—to explore while you’re there. And let’s not forget food! Enjoy lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants: TC’s Food & Spirits, La Cocina Mexicana, Betty’s Wraps, Valentino’s, the Kutztown Tavern, or the White Palm Tavern or The Market Cafe in nearby Topton. Above all, have fun!!!

          ‘Til next time,




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