This long-running festival returns this coming weekend. I’ll be showing my acrylic paintings.
If you’re in the area, you can plan a whole day’s worth of activities right on site. The location is a very pleasant park, there is music and a tree-shaded picnic area and art and lots of food. I really enjoy this festival.
Tinicum Arts Festival
Saturday, July 6, 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, July 7, 11 AM – 5 PM
River Road (Rt. 32)
If it is July it is time for this long-running festival. In addition to the extensive art/craft selection they offer a variety of musical performances, demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Plus an art show in the barn, a silent auction, and book/white elephant sale. You can spend a whole day here, very easily, and maybe come back the next day, too. Just saying.
You saw the photos of our set-up at this show. That was on Friday, July 7. Saturday, the first day of the show, and Sunday, the final day, were pretty similar days. Except for the downpour right before closing time on Saturday!
Well, we got things closed up and everything stayed dry, and that is what counts.
The show turned out well. I’ve got a whole list of thank-you’s to people who bought from me – I appreciate it.
There are the art friends I caught up with – Pam, Aiden, Carol from Easton. We also had great neighbors at this show who I enjoyed talking with.
My sister- and brother-in-law (my husband’s sister and her husband, I guess would make things clearer) came by on Saturday, which I really appreciated. I also received visits from Missy and from John G (and his new little dog, Winnie…he brought her up to the snow fence behind our booth, since no dogs were allowed in the park, even a tiny little puppy).
Well, this is a very social show every year, and I enjoyed it.
OK. Some pictures from Sunday. A beautiful day…
And some shots of the look of things, from our end of the show.
You might enjoy a walk-through behind the scenes of this festival. I can give you a good picture, at least as far as my role in the production goes. There is a routine we go through at each show to get ready for our performance. This show is a good one to examine – we have a set-up afternoon the day before the event, plenty of time for me to take some pictures.
We always shop for food before a show. We take our own. Fair food is not easy to survive on for two hot July days. Although I do have a soft spot for a nice hamburger right off the grill, or maybe a hot dog… Still, it is better to have our own food and drinks.
Shopping done, we have to load the car.
Loading the car is my husband’s specialty. He decides and I put things where he tells me when we are packing up after the show; before the show – he does it all. For which I am really thankful. The car awaits:
We are taking only the tent, racks, table, and miscellaneous items today. We will take the artwork tomorrow and hang it in the morning. I don’t like leaving it overnight. So, the car is not that full.
Loading up done, we drove out to Tinicum Park and arrived about 1 PM. Most shows assign a specific space, but this one puts you in an area, and you choose your location. We have been in this section for years and know it pretty well, so we don’t have trouble deciding on a space.
Lots of room. We park the car right in front. It’s not always possible to be this close to the booth, as many shows don’t have so much room.
Another person’s setting up across the way. Otherwise, it is really pretty quiet around our area.
We get to work. First the tent gets set up. Then we attach the sides. Then we set up the racks. I have covers for them but I’ll put them on tomorrow.
Finally, we zip up the front. The tent is all ready for the night.
Since we were not in a hurry, we decided to take a walk around. Tomorrow this field will be full of people but right now it’s quiet.
The music stage is ready to be opened for tomorrow’s performances. We can hear the music from our tent. I like that.
Next to it is the food vendor area.
A cheesesteak is a Philadelphia tradition. Thin-chopped beef fried with onions on a grill, put on a long soft roll with melted cheese. Yum.
The local garden club has always had a plant sale in the picnic shelter. I like the cactus gardens a lot.
We stopped to talk to a friend putting up her tent over on the other side of the park. Then we walked back to our car, completing a big circle around the show.
We will be back tomorrow morning.
Shout-out #1 to my husband: it is his birthday!
Shout-out #2 to my friend Diane: she has moved out of state and so is not here, but we did this show together for years and years. Good memories.
We spent the last weekend at this long-running festival in Erwinna, PA, held in a park right off the Delaware River. I have done this show for years and years. I see a lot of friends here and it’s a very sociable time – I sit in my booth and receive visitors, chat with art buyers, and listen to the music playing over in the stage area. It’s a really nice event for a lot of reasons.
I think I’ll just walk you through it with pictures. Let’s start on Friday afternoon. We artists have the option of setting up in the afternoon and so we arrived at the park around lunchtime. The event is centered on the big red barn – they hold a separate juried show inside there.
Here’s the view of things from our location. It was a very hot, humid, sunny afternoon.
The all-important tent: our home for the weekend days. Ready to be pulled out and set up.
Here it is all set up. We have put the display racks inside, but I don’t hang the artwork until the show day, and I don’t leave it in the booth overnight, so I re-hang it each day. With the sides all zipped up, everything is secure for the evening.
On Friday night, a big thunderstorm came through the area, but our tent survived fine (They don’t always…). Saturday was cool, rainy, and gray all day.
Here’s some shots of the inside of the tent display.
And our row of tents. We were located along the edge of the field – there are two sections in groves of trees, but I like the less-crowded location that we have, and so I always chose this section each year when I apply.
Here’s a view of “backstage”. I set things up so that we could sit behind the display at this show, because it is shady and we have a lot of room. In many shows, you only have the 10′ x 10′ space your tent occupies, and you have to fit yourself and all your things in it. Here, well, we have a lot of acreage, another reason I like this section. We also always bring an extra chair for visitors to sit in – that’s why we have three instead of just two for us.
After a showery day, we went home. Another storm passed through in the night but once again our tent stood up to it. Sunday was very pleasant, sunny and breezy. The crowd was much larger this day.
We were located near the book sale tent – it’s a fixture at this fair and the proceeds benefit local charities. I went over and took a look at things.
So there you have it. I had nice sales, so I was happy, and I saw a lot of friends – our visitor’s chair was in demand. I want to say hi and thanks for coming to John G. and Steve (and John came both days); Missy; Jay and Catherine; Joanne; and Ann. And, I met a blog friend here, Jeannette (and Mr. Jeannette, whose name was told to me, I know, but…I have lost it, I apologize) – they came from northern New Jersey to see the show and say hello, which I really appreciated. All in all, a really nice weekend!