The Festival is open – rain or abundant sunshine – on Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, from 10 AM to 5 PM. And just one admission price gets you in to everything! Visitors can view (and purchase) works by more than 140 artists, as well as enjoy what WheatonArts offers all year ‘round – the exceptional collection in the Museum of American Glass, the rich cultural experience of the Down Jersey Folklife Center, and the first-hand look at the creative process at work in the Glass and Craft Studios.
Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $7 for students; and free for children five and under. On Sunday, everyone 17 and under is admitted free.
Now in its 11th year, the popular Festival offers an assortment of artist presentations and outdoor demonstrations throughout the weekend – basket makers and beaders, weavers and woodcarvers, glassblowers and dulcimer and harp makers, and much more.
The Festival is definitely a family-friendly event, with lots of activities geared specifically to the younger set. There are children’s crafts, face painting, the Create-a-Scarecrow and Create-a-Mural areas, and a chance for kids to learn how to blow a glass bubble under the guidance of a WheatonArts Glass Studio artist.
There will be entertainment on both days from Noon to 4:00 PM, including a strolling magician, the PackageGoods Orchestra and, on Sunday only at 1:30 PM, a performance and demonstration of Cambodian court dances and traditional music.
And, of course, there will be fabulous, fun-to-eat, festival-style food – funnel cakes, kettle corn, gelato, crab cakes, BBQ, Italian specialties, seafood … you get the idea!
One of the most special happenings at this year’s festival is the glass pumpkin blow. Each day, in the Glass Studio, artists will be creating glass pumpkins in a host of sizes, colors and shapes. Visitors can stop in the Glass Studio to see the pumpkins take shape – with demonstrations at 11 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM – and then saunter across the way to the “Pumpkin Patch” and choose a pumpkin to buy.
Can’t you just see one or more of these unique beauties gracing a Thanksgiving table?
Posted by Shen Shellenberger, JerseyArts.com’s Blogger-At-Large.