Centreville Ro­tary moves Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val to col­lege

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

WYE MILLS — The 46th an­nual Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val will be be held on Satur­day, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­day, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege — a new lo­ca­tion for this year. Ad­mis­sion is free. More than 40 artists from through­out the Del­marva Penin­sula will be show­case a wide range of tal­ents and trea­sures with many items for sale in­clud­ing orig­i­nal paint­ings, pot­tery, bas­kets, stained glass, wood carv­ings, jew­elry, pho­tog­ra­phy and more.

This year’s food ven­dors will in­clude Paul Gun­ther pit beef, Melvin Shorter’s fried fish, Dob­son’s Hot Dog Cart and Amy Car­roll’s Ice Cream truck. Wine will be of­fered for sale by lo­cal winer­ies, Cassinelli Vine­yards and Bro­ken Spoke Winer y.

Other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Judy Cen­ter of Queen Anne’s County, the Dolly Par­ton Imag­i­na­tion Li­brary, An­i­mal Wel­fare League, the Fam­ily Cen­ter of Queen Anne’s, QA Arts Coun­cil, Kent Is­land Fed­er­a­tion of Arts, Friends of the Li­brary, and the QA De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices also will have booths and be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event. New Be­gin­nings DJ will pro­vide mu­sic, and there will also be the Kids Cor­ner, com­plete with face painting and crafts.

This years’ fea­tured artist is Chris War­ren, a Kent Is­land na­tive, who has been prac­tic­ing his craft for more than 20 years and re­cently was awarded the 2017 Best in Show at the 47th an­nual Ward World Cham­pi­onship Water­fowl Com­pe­ti­tion, Rap­pa­han­nock De­coy Carvers Guild Show in White Stone, VA, as well as the Havre deGrace De­coy and Wildlife Art Show, Atlantic Fly­way Clas­sic Com­pe­ti­tion. War­ren will dis­play his col­lec­tion of ducks, shore­birds, and other carv­ings. War­ren’s men­tors in­clude Bobby Timms Sr. of Kent Is­land and Ed and Es­ther Burns of Boz­man.

War­ren also will be par­tic­i­pat­ing for his sev­enth year at the Water­fowl Fes­ti­val in Eas­ton in Novem­ber. The Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val is a good op­por­tu­nity to get a pre­view of War­ren’s work and ask ques­tions one-on-one.

Ad­mit­tance to the fes­ti­val is free, but do­na­tions are wel­comed. Pro­ceeds from this an­nual com­mu­nity event sup­port lo­cal youth schol­ar­ships, op­er­a­tion of the re­gional shel­ter for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ro­tary world­wide project to erad­i­cate po­lio, and Life­time Wells for Ghana, a clean wa­ter project in Africa.

For more in­for­ma­tion and ven­dor ap­pli­ca­tions, contact Bob Hardy at hardyp4i@ gmail.com or by phone at 410-758-0248 or call Chris Perkins at 410-978-0198.

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