STROUDSBURG, PA – The 24th annual Pocono State Craft Festival will be held August 28 & 29, 2010 at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg PA. The event, co-sponsored by the Pocono Arts Council and the Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, celebrates the heritage, beauty and quality of Pennsylvania Crafts.
Crafts featured this year will include pottery, jewelry, metal, toys, stained glass, wood, baskets, paper, leather, folk art, fine art, photography, and art-to-wear. Craftsmen will travel from all parts of Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, New York and Quebec. Craft demonstrations of Pottery Throwing by Groundhog Blues Pottery in Reeders PA; Blacksmithing by Artisans of the Anvil from Stroudsburg, PA; and Wood Turning by Richlynne Woodworks from Montgomery, NY will captivate patrons and bring to life the creative process – from raw material to finished product. All craftsmen will be available to discuss their individual work and provide patrons with an opportunity to purchase unique, high quality crafts worthy of the most ardent admirer.
In addition to crafts, patrons will enjoy the beautiful surroundings and history of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. The farm buildings, animals and beautiful gardens will be open to give visitors a taste of a by-gone era on a Pennsylvania German farm. Additionally, patrons will enjoy the bluegrass and gospel music of the Lost Ramblers on Saturday and the Dixieland sounds of the Dixie Gents on Sunday. An interactive children’s area and festival foods will offer something for everyone. The entire family will enjoy a day in the country, strolling through the colorful tents and grounds at Quiet Valley.
Quiet Valley is located just outside Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, less than two hours from the New York City Metropolitan area, less than an hour from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre region and within a half an hour of the Lehigh Valley. Festival hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday, rain or shine. Admission is $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are admitted free. There is ample free parking. For directions or further information, call 570-476-4460 or visit the show’s website at www.poconocrafts.com.
Founded in 1975, the Pocono Arts Council is the oldest and most established local arts service organization in the Pocono region of northeastern Pennsylvania. It serves as a “Chamber of Commerce” or umbrella organization for artists and arts organization in all disciplines, as well as the resident and tourist populations of the area. Its motto, Culture Builds Community, highlights PoconoArts mission of art service, education and advocacy.