With cool, refreshing fall air now replacing the dense summer heat, there is no better time to be outside. And what better way to do it than at the Fall Arts Festival in downtown Woodbury on Saturday, Sept. 29?
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and feature some of the best artwork the region has to offer.
Mayor Ron Riskie says the township expects to see anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 people turn out for the arts festival which will run down Railroad Ave. (between Delaware Street and Barber Avenue). The event is sponsored by Main Street Woodbury.
“We’re expecting good weather and a big crowd,” says Riskie, who has been following weather developments for this weekend, and is happy to report that it appears to have changed for the better.
Festival-goers can expect to see over 200 different artisans and vendors selling their wares. Artist to lookout for include Jacqualynn Knight, Andre Treiner and Doris Nogueira-Rogers. Will Kasso from the Sage Coalition will also be on hand, creating a 20-foot canvas mural.
Onstage, six artists will create pieces to be judged and then sold in a silent auction.
Also, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a chili cook-off, wine and cheese tasting, and guided tours through Woodbury, which will run all day. Gourmet food vendors will also be on hand for festival-goers who are itching for some exquisite lunch.
While Woodbury has held concerts and other events downtown before, this is the first arts festival—yet it will not be the last. The city and Main Street Woodbury intend to make this arts festival a yearly event.
“We expect to improve on this, and for it to only get better and better,” says Riskie.
Riskie hopes the festival will provide those who live outside of Woodbury an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the area and the local businesses, all of which will have their doors open on Saturday.
“It doesn’t cost anything to walk around,” says Riskie, who encourages festival-goers to check out all of what Woodbury has to offer.
Festival-goers can expect to see it all. From performing arts to poetry benches to craft beer gardens—this festival has something for everyone. Not to mention, a West Deptford Patch table on Railroad Avenue where locals can say ‘hello’ and score some Patch swag.
There will also be live music on hand, with a lineup that includes the Unstoppable Hack Beats, a ska/rock/soul band whose singer is Collingswood Patch Local Editor Matt Skoufalos. Other bands performing include, Rapture Jazz, Full Blown Cherry, and the Broomall String Band.
Etsy and Apple Farms will hold arts and craft tables for activities, while the Noyes Museum of Art will also hold an interactive sculpture gallery.
Shuttle services will run throughout the fair, and there will be plenty of free parking.
Riskie also says the festival will provide big exposure for the train station and to bring attention to Broad Street, as well as to Woodbury itself.
“The city itself is its own exponent, we are moving onward and upward,” says Riskie. “We are moving in the right direction.”
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