State craft festival at Shawnee

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:16

SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE - The twentieth annual Pocono State Craft Festival will be held Aug. 26 and 27, at Shawnee-on-Delaware. The event, co-sponsored by the Pocono Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Designer 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 Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and New York. Craft demonstrations of Pottery Throwing, Theorem Painting, and “Artisans of the Anvil” - three blacksmiths from East Stroudsburg - 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. On Saturday, patrons will enjoy the bluegrass and gospel music of the Lost Ramblers and on Sunday, the Dixieland sounds of the Dixie Gents will permeate the festival. For the first time this year, Cherry Valley will be providing wine tasting for adults throughout the event. There will also be an interactive children’s area. Festival foods, ranging from chicken and sausage sandwiches to hot dogs, salads, desserts, and pretzels, will offer something for everyone. Bring the entire family and enjoy a day in the country, strolling through the colorful tents and shady grounds of the Sun Mountain Recreation Club. The festival site is located five miles north of the Delaware Water Gap. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. $6 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 Web site at