Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Traditional Arts Fair 2009

September has brought us many days with beautiful clear skies and many visitors to the farm. We continue to move through this harvest season, putting food by for the winter and serving up the fresh foods to all who pass through the D Acre's doors.

On September 12th, we welcomed over 30 artists and nearly 100 fair participants for the 2009 Traditional Arts Fair. It was a unique celebration of traditional art and craft, as many local artists shared their skills with the wider community. Such workshops and demonstrations as bookbinding with Sheila Williams, fabric painting with Susan Wei, building with nature with Cynthia Robinson, dying wool using natural materials with Gary Hamel, blacksmithing with Rob Hudson, spoonmaking with Jim McHugh, and so much more! We went into the evening ready to enjoy a spectacular line-up of entertainment. We welcomed back The Modern Times Theater and their political Punch & Judy puppet show, as well as Bob Weick performing Howard Zinn's Marx in Soho. To end the night, nationally acclaimed barn dance callers and fiddlers, Jaqueline and Dudley Laufman, sent us swinging in each others arms and stomping the grass down under our feet.

All in all in was a wonderful event that is sure to keep buzzing around the area. We hope all who attended were able to take home a new skill or piece of knowledge about the simple time-honored skills involved in craft and art.

We hope to see you at the farm again soon.

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