36th Annual Crozet Arts and Craft Festival Set for Oct. 8 & 9, 2016
One of Crozet’s most popular bi-annual events, the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival, will once again take place this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 am-5:30 pm, and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10 am-5 pm, rain or shine.
Over the years, the festival has endured hurricanes and torrential downpours from one second to blazing hot sun the next, so they’re prepared for anything with plenty of hay strewn on the ground and covered pavilions for shade or protection from the elements, which adds to the camaraderie for festival goers.
Now heading into its 36th year, the festival draws people from all over the state and beyond. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. There is plenty of free on-site parking, but no pets are allowed on the festival grounds.
The Festival is the major fundraiser for the volunteers that run the 22-acre Claudius Crozet Park. The spring festival is typically held around Mother’s Day – next year it will be May 6th & May 7th, 2017.
Fall Foliage Show held the same weekend
The Crozet Fall Festival is often held in conjunction with the Waynesboro Fall Foliage Art Show, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and shares similar hours on Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, but starts a little later on Sunday, from 12-5 pm.
Many people either start in Crozet and head over to Waynesboro or vice versa over the weekend – taking in fall foliage on the way.
Downtown Waynesboro is transformed into an outdoor fine art festival for the weekend with over 150 fine artists and artisans that showcase their works including painting, printmaking, wood, pottery, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. It also features gourmet food trucks, craft beer, and great local music.
Celebrating 36 years!
Back in Crozet, over 100 juried fine art and craft exhibitors will show and sell their handcrafted works in the soaring high-peaked tents and park pavilions at Claudius Crozet Park. Live music is a popular draw throughout the weekend, along with great food from a variety of on-site vendors, beverages including Virginia wine and draft beer by the glass, and plenty of fun, especially for the kids:
Visitors to the Festival can also get a behind the scenes look at how some of these items are created. Craft demonstrations will include: a blacksmithing demonstration by William Mauser of Battery Creek Forge; oil painting by Meg West – demonstration in the artist’s booth; Raku pottery firing demonstrations by Bashar and Roula Jarjour of Jarjour Pottery; wood carving demonstration by Bob Bohannon; and a woodturning demonstration by Anthony DeMasi of Turnings by Tony.
Music & Kids Activities
The Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival Stage, sponsored in part by WTJU 91.1FM, presents local music all weekend long: on Saturday, from 11 am-1pm are the Skyline Country Cloggers; from 1:30-2:30 pm is Jim Lord; and from 3-5:30 pm is Sue Harlow.
On Sunday, the featured artists are, from 10 -11 am, the Western Albemarle HS Jazz Band; from 11:30 am-1:45 pm Barbara Martin; from 2:15-3:30 pm Tara Mills and Jimmy Sterling; and from 4-5 pm Michael Wright and Kate Walter.
There are special activities for children as well: Interactive Music with Kim and Jimbo Carey, presented in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; Faceprinting with Expressions by Ginny; and a Baby Comfort Station sponsored by the the Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church
On Saturday the Child Development Labs at UVA will sponsor a children’s art activity and on Sunday the North Branch School will offer a children’s take-home art activity and ongoing Festival mural.
Great Food & Drinks
Among the food trucks will be: Southern Way Cafe; La Cocina del Sol; Lions Club; Blue Ridge Kettle Corn; and Kona Ice. Many beverages will also be offered and you can support Claudius Crozet Park as well: Bold Rock Cider; Devils Backbone Vienna Lager; Starr Hill Boxcar; Flying Fox Merlot; Cardinal Point Rockfish Red; Cardinal Point Chardonnay; Gabriele Rausse Pinot Grigio; King Family Crose; and Shenandoah Joe “400 West High” Blend Coffee.
A Great Crozet Tradition
Since 1958, Claudius Crozet Park has been a center piece for the Crozet community. It has beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a recreational facility open to all, which include a one acre lake; the largest outdoor community pool in the area (now featuring year round swimming); new partners: the YMCA; soccer, baseball and T-ball fields; youth tennis courts; a large picnic pavilion; and two playgrounds.
Trail building around and connected to the park is taking place through The Crozet Trails Crew, which will link the park to many areas around town.
The festival is also a Virginia Green Travel Certified Event.
If you’re interested you can also volunteer. There are tasks available in the lead-up to the weekend and there will be many shifts to fill throughout the Festival weekend assisting with Exhibitor check-in, selling tickets at the front gate, handing out programs, coordinating our free art raffle, or pouring wine/beer.
Volunteers will get a full day admission to the Festival in return. Please call 434-326-8284 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org go online to sign up: http://crozetfestival.com/get-