Third annual Artisans Fair returns to Millville

This Saturday, May 29, the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter will sponsor the Third Annual Artisans Fair at the Millville Fire Hall, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dozens of craftspersons from the area will be featured in the event, which aims to raise scholarship money for local high-school students.

“We started the scholarship fund in January of 2007,” explained Ione Philips, a member of the AARP chapter and organizer of the fundraiser. “This year, we will raise money for two $1,000 scholarships. Contributions for the scholarships come from the fundraiser activities put on by the members, and the artisans fair is our largest one of the year.”

The Millville Artisan’s Fair will feature paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, apparel, wood carvings and more. Exhibitors include seasoned professionals, as well as crafters just getting their feet wet.

Local favorites, such as artists Kim Frey and Anne Hannah, as well as jewelers Trudy Fox and Shelby Foxwell, will feature their wares among many others. Gardeners by the Sea will feature hand-made wreaths, while Isabella Makowski returns with her eye-catching flower arrangements made entirely out of seashells and fish scales.

In addition to a wide selection of crafts, prints and paintings, guests can also enjoy lunch and a bake sale, for which baked goods are provided by many of the Southern Coastal Delaware AAPR chapter’s members.

“We will have a lot of booths set up,” said Phillips. “We can accommodate 40 exhibitors, and that’s our max. We’ve sold out [artisan registrations] every year, and this year we have returning and new artists and crafters. We’re definitely looking for a big turnout.”

The fair was scheduled for Memorial Day weekend this year, in an effort to bring in even more attendees.

“There’s a lot going on this weekend,” said Phillips, “but it marks the start of the summer season, and with all the traffic coming into town on Route 26, we’re hoping to get a lot of people out here.”

The event is free and open to the public, and a lack parking will not be a concern, either, with volunteers directing cars and plenty of parking space. Raffles and 50/50 drawings will also be held the day of the event.

“We have a lot going on,” Phillips noted. “We have some wonderful concessions, with Coney Island hot dogs and sloppy joes. It’s not just your usual fare. With the bake sale, there will be plenty of dessert to enjoy, too.”

Warm and sunny weather rolling in this weekend are expected to help encourage a strong showing. For more information on the fair, contact Ione Phillips at (302) 539-2172.