Centreville Rotary moves Artisans Festival to college
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.