Woodside Farm Creamery's annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fall Festival will celebrate autumn glory tomorrow with pumpkin ice cream, mums, locally made crafts and one painting horse.
UPDATE- Due to inclement weather, Woodside Farm Creamery has postponed its annual arts and crafts festival until Sunday. It will still take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information can be found at the creamery's website.
Woodside Farm Creamery will be serving up more than just freshly churned ice cream tomorrow. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the farm will feature fine arts and crafts and all the accoutrements of autumn, like mums and pumpkins.
The event began in in October 2005 with just a couple of crafters. Beginning with the second year, event organizer Mary Foster said that the festival was moved to coincide with Labor Day. As the years went by, more crafters have joined in, selling locally made items. Then, the creamery decided to make a change again this year.
"Some of the vendors came to us and suggested changing the date of the event," Foster explained. "There's so much going on over Labor Day weekend. Plus, by moving the date to October, we could really highlight fall."
Setting the autumn scene at the farm will be a host of colorful mums and pumpkins, which will also be available for sale. This year's event will also feature 23 fine art vendors. Foster said that the festival makes it a point to find artisans who do something different. They must also make their own work as mass produced items are typically not accepted. This year, visitors will be able to peruse painters, sculptors, stained glass, handmade yarn and more.
Some of the artisans will include:
Maureen Graham—Using dried materials from the woods surrounding her Maryland home, Graham constructs wreaths and some of nature's critters. A 10-year crafter, she also participates in shows in Delaware and Maryland.
Tami O'Connell—For more than a dozen years, O'Connell's work has been seen in area craft shows. She works with glass.
Kathy Ruck—A Chester County, Penn., artists, Ruck's watercolors are typically local scenes. Educated as a graphic designer, she used to work as an art director for corporate accounts. Now, her work focuses on the joy of everyday scenes. She works primarily in watercolors and tempora but also employs pastels and pencils. She's been with the WFC festival since the beginning.
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The festival also regularly "adopts" an animal charity each year. Typically, the organization comes in for the day, hands out information and interacts with people.
In years past, it has included charities like Forgotten Cats and Faithful Friends. This year, WFC decided to include an organization they heard about several years ago—the Nakota Horse Conservancy. Dedicated to saving the native horses of the northern plains, the NHC was established in 1999. NHC board member Hilary Goff said that the Nakotas are a breed that can trace their lineage back to Sitting Bull. Wild horses, they used to be found inhabiting the Little Missouri badlands, which is now the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The horses were removed by the National Park Service and sold in the 1980's and 1990's. Most now survive on a family-owned farm in North Dakota.
Not all of the horses reside in North Dakota, though. There is one special horse, Mickey Blue Eyes, who lives just over the state line in Cochranville, Penn., with owner Dorrie Bettle. Bettle and Mickey will be at the farm all day Saturday showing off some of the horses special skills. Like a lot of pets, Mickey can do typical tricks from fetching and laying down to blowing kisses and bowing.
He has one more—somewhat surprising—talent as well. Mickey Blue Eyes paints. According to Goff, when Mickey is handed a paint brush, he holds it in his mouth and creates colorful abstract paintings.
"Nakotas are pretty personable," Goff said. "And, Mickey is no exception to that. Plus, he's quite talented."