Annual Artisans Fair bringing together crafters

Craftspersons from the area will show their wares at the Sixth Annual Artisans Fair, at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The air-conditioned setting will feature invitation-only artisans who create artwork, photography, jewelry, pottery, apparel and accessories, ceramics, wooden items, painted furniture and more.

Proceeds from the fair, sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter, provide scholarships for area high school students and scholarships for adults looking to continue their education or training.

“We want to achieve three things with this event,” said Chairperson Ione Phillips. “First, we want to provide a showcase for talented artisans from the area. Second, we want to support our young people, because we understand that they represent the future of our area and the nation. Third, we want to support adults who find the need for more education in order to compete in this challenging job market.”

Five dozen exhibitors scheduled to take part in the fair include both seasoned professionals and those who are just beginning to show their creations. Purposefully scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, when many vacationers head to Delaware and Ocean City, Md., beaches, the event is aimed at bringing in large numbers of local residents and visitors.

The event’s auction features some of the artisans’ creations. Many of the chapter’s 600 members provide home-baked goods for bake sales, and attendees can also enjoy a wide range of food and drink items for sale.

Admission to the show is free and free parking will be available at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, located on Route 26 in Ocean View, two miles west of Route 1.

For further information, contact Marilyn Appel at (302) 829-8546 or