The 12th Annual Artisans Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, which means Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will be bursting at the seams with arts and crafts inside and out, as well as a farmers’ market outside.
The Artisans Fair will include fine art in a variety of media, as well as photography, hand-crafted jewelry, glass and wood creations, fine textile handwork and coastal-themed decorations, according to Ida Crist, who has coordinated the fair for many years. The farmers’ market includes produce and other food items, such as jams, jellies and specialty olives.
The fair is being sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware Chapter of the AARP, and proceeds help provide scholarships for Indian River High School seniors, as well as adults attending Delaware Technical Community College.
“We are so fortunate to have had an arts fair of this caliber in our community for more than a decade,” Crist said. “As the number of exhibitors has expanded, so has the breadth of the types of handiwork that is offered,” she noted.
Artisans travel from throughout Delaware and neighboring states for the fair each year.
“Many of our exhibitors are long-time participants who find the Artisans Fair to be an exciting and successful show,” she said.
Now in its third year, the accompanying farmers’ market this year features Parson’s Farm Market from Frankford, Skipper’s Biscuits (dog treats) from Lewes, Adkins Farm Produce in Dagsboro, Van Auken Fudge and Backyard Jams & Jellies from Milton, Vines Creek Nursery and Flutterby House in Frankford, Inland Bays Garden Center in Frankford and DelMarVa Popcorn from Milford.
“The fair serves a double purpose,” she said. “It provides a quality arts venue for our community and financially supports higher education for high school and adult students.”
Nearly 70 exhibitors will be at the fair this year. About 50 of them will be split between the Lord Baltimore gym and cafeteria, with the remaining artisans located outside. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the farmers’ market, located outside, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also inside the school building will be a silent auction, as well as a 50/50 raffle. This year, for the first time, the Delmarvalous Quilters Guild has donated two quilts to be raffled at the fair. One, created by Jan Gorley, features a three-dimensional flipflop design; the other was completed by several guild members and has an alphabet theme, with blocks depicting items that start with all the letters of the alphabet.
A highlight of the fair is the opportunity to win works of art that have been contributed by the artisans for an auction.
“That’s very popular every year,” Crist said.
During the fair, breakfast and lunch items, as well as snacks, can be purchased from the Georgetown-based Truck It food truck, and Rita’s Ice will be selling cool treats. Members of the sponsoring AARP chapter will also be providing goodies for a bake sale.
The Artisans Fair will be held rain or shine. Free parking is available; handicapped parking will be available on the school lot. Admission to the fair is free. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit southcoastalaarp.com.
By Kerin Magill