Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mare's Wares Arts Fest!!

I help coordinate an incredible arts & entertainment event on the St. Lawrence River every year, and once again the property behind Mare’s Wares Pottery on Route 37 will be transformed into a stunning outdoor gallery and entertainment venue hosting a wealth of talent, fun and food!

From its humble beginning as a local “Festival of the Arts” just a few years ago, Mare’s Wares Arts Fest has grown into a popular local arts and entertainment event. The vision has always been to present a full day of art and entertainment: music, quality handcrafted artisan goods, wine makers, farmers and agricultural products, food, authors, body workers, theater and kids activities, etc. In its sixth year, the event is still in its infancy and we continue to learn from our annual efforts, but each year sees gains in new and interesting participants and fans anxious to experience them.

A few of the new and repeat vendors in 2013 include five North Country wineries who will be offering wine tasting and bottle sales; Home Again Farm’s alpacas (and their products); Fragile Planet Wildlife Foundation with a selection of exotic creatures; pony rides and puppet shows available throughout the day for the kids; pottery wheel work and raku firing; rug hooking with Helen Condon, chair caning with Bill Balling, and Tracy Cox of Inlay Design Studio and Custom Guitars will be demonstrating his considerable talent with custom stringed instrument design and inlay. The event lost its psychic on short notice in 2012, this year the show is promising three!  The show features a variety of live music throughout the day, many new and returning talented artisans will be displaying and demonstrating their craftsmanship, and Mullin’s Catering, LaMont’s Food Fair, Carriage House Bakery and Not Your Average Cookie will be providing a variety of mouth watering fare.

Photos of past shows and vendors, as well as this year's participants, are included in photo albums on the Mare’s Wares Arts Fest Facebook page and are accessible to the general public. Here are some of the few artisans and other vendors who will be participating this year (we continue to add photos daily):  Arts Fest 2013

The 2013 Mare’s Wares Arts Fest is brought to you by North Country Public Radio (Canton), SeaComm Federal Credit Union (Massena), and Creative Connections (Ballston Lake) on Canada Day, July 1, from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge to get in - stop by and check it out for yourself!  Bring your friends and family and make a day of it. There’s nothing to lose, and a whole day of fun to be had!

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