FestivalsSeptember 30, 2010

This weekend, I am planning to take a brief break from focusing on the Phillies and will be heading to WheatonArts in Millville for the annual Festival of Fine Craft.

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.

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Shen Shellenberger
Shen Shellenberger

Shen’s been a Jersey girl for most of her life, other than living for a three-year stretch in Portland, Oregon, and six magical months in Tokyo. Shen loves the arts in all of its various forms – from the beauty of a perfectly-placed base hit to the raw energy of rock ‘n’ roll – and has successfully passed on this appreciation to her three grown children. Shen’s most recent jobs include WXPN (1993-2001) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2003-present). Shen also has been a working freelancer for 25 years, and operated her own frame shop in Mt. Holly in the late-70s.

  • http://www.wheatonarts.org Janet

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival!!

  • cmpnolan

    I am looking forward to seeing all the fine craft and enjoying the wonderful Fall weather predicted for both Saturday and Sunday.