Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville will be holding its 11th annual Fine Festival of Craft on October 2nd and 3rd from 10 am to 5 pm each day, rain or shine.
The festival will feature more than 145 juried artists from across the country presenting a variety of items such as studio art glass and stained glass, creative jewelry designs, unusual metal sculptures, innovative wearables and accessories, intricate baskets, sculptural and functional clay pieces, woodcarvings and turned vessels, handcrafted furniture, and two-dimensional art and photography.
Named a “Top 100 Event in North America” in 2008 by the American Bus Association, the festival draws thousands of visitors each year from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. It will take place in the Event Center, in a large tent and throughout the grounds.
With your entrance tickets to the Festival you can also visit the Center’s Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center, as well as all of the Artist Studios and museum stores.
This year children of all ages can participate in the “D/Zine A Glass Ornament” competition in the Glass Studio. Other children’s activities will include face painting, “Blow a Glass Bubble” with the guidance of WheatonArts’ Glass Studio artists, create a scarecrow and more.
For those who enjoy demonstrations, you’ll be able to watch everything from blacksmithing to basket and broom making, from dulcimer and harp making to weaving and woodturning, plus much more.
Entertainment will include strolling musician Bill Kerwood and “Cambodian Music and Dance” with Chamroeun Yin.
The Glass Studio will offer continuous pumpkin blowing with narrated demonstrations at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm both days. And be sure to visit the “Pumpkin Patch” outside the Glass Studio, where glass pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors will be available for purchase.
In addition, a variety of food vendors will be on hand, serving festival fare such as funnel cakes, crepes, crab cakes, gelato and hot dogs.
Tickets on Saturday will cost $10 for Adults, $9 for Senior Adults and $7 for Students . Children five and under are free. On Sunday tickets will cost the same, but all children under 17 will be admitted free.
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