The 10th annual Artisans’ Fair will be held this weekend at Living History Park.
Admission is free.
A Friday-night preview party will kick off the fair. It will feature wine, cheese, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live music by Doug and The Henrys, a local bluegrass and folk band.
The party is held by Wine World and serves as the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event.
“It’s a family-friendly event,” said Lynn Thompson, the chairwoman of the Living History Park and the president of the Olde Town Preservation Association. “Friday night maybe could be classified as a little more for adults, but kids come, too. Some sit down with Ike (Carpenter) and some of the other artisans and watch them. It’s very educational.”
“For the adults, it’s a good time to relax, have a glass of wine, meet the artists and just enjoy the park. Come as you are after work. Many people come to buy on Friday night,” she said.
In the past, around 350 people have attended on Friday night.
Saturday and Sunday will highlight a wide array of well-known artists and artisans displaying items for sale or demonstrating their skills. The artistry is divided into two sections – Colonial and contemporary.
“I’ve had many of the artists all 10 years,” Thompson said. “So, that speaks well of their quality. Just to name a few of them are woodworker Ike Carpenter, of Edgefield; photographer Art Greene, of North Carolina; well-known artist Joanne Evans, who paints Colonial-style; several potters; jewelry-makers; metalworkers; and garden artists. Paintings are offered in a variety of watercolor and oils. There is one stone carver who is very articulate.”
There will be a line-up of musicians performing Saturday and Sunday in a variety of genres. Popular singer Skilyr Hicks will perform at noon Saturday.
The Spring House Tavern will be open Saturday and Sunday, and its menu includes roast pork, turkey, barbecue, homemade pies, desserts and more. The park’s building and attractions also will be open.
“Because of the living-history theme, many people think the park is only about history,” said Thompson. “But then some who love art and music come to the fair and are attracted to the colonial events. You can just never tell.”