Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Annual Easton Arts Fest Set to Be Largest Ever, Organizers Say

This year's Riverside Festival of the Arts poster graphic was rendered
by Easton artist and animator Maciek Albrecht. Easton's longest running
annual arts celebration is set to happen this weekend, Saturday and Sunday,
September 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in both Scott and Riverside
parks along Larry Holmes Drive in Downtown Easton.
The 17th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts happens this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in both Scott and Riverside parks, and with more than 70 juried artists and artisans signed up for the popular annual show and sale, it will be the biggest festival year yet, organizers say.

The wide variety of media at this year's celebration of creativity includes painting, drawing, pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mosaic, fabric, glass, metal, wood, clay, and even turkey bone art, said event coordinator Ellen Shaughnessy.

"It’s an event that explodes with creativity, ideas, (and) energy," she said. "Come see and feel it!"

The event isn't limited to just fine arts and artisan crafts, however. More than a dozen local acts will perform live music shows continuously both days, and various regional authors and poets will be on hand doing readings--some with accompanying interpretive music and dance--and selling their publications throughout the event as well.

For those that want to create art as well as enjoy viewing it, a plein air art contest will offer a combined $500 in prizes. Canvases, which are $10, can be worked on during festival hours and then returned to the plein air art booth by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday for judging. The top three cash prize winners will then be announced at 4:30 p.m. Finished plein air works may also be offered by their creators for sale on Sunday afternoon, or shown at the Quadrant Bookmart & Coffeehouse after the festival, where they will be displayed until Halloween.

Kids will also have a chance to get in some artsy action over the weekend too, with free coloring projects available using materials donated by Crayola, festival organizers say.

While it's not actually part of Riverside Festival of the Arts, with the annual Movies at the Mill independent short film fest happening Saturday night at Hugh Moore Park, this coming weekend is set to be the most perfect one of the year for lovers of the arts.

Click here to visit the Riverside Festival of the Arts webpage and view specific show schedules.

Click here to visit the Riverside Festival of the Arts Facebook page.


  1. I'm unsure how to ask a question, so I'll do it this way... Following last month's meeting regarding Urban Chickens, it was stated that it will be on some city meeting's agenda. As I only recently moved to Easton, I'm not sure what meeting that is, where it is, or where to view the agenda. Any help?

  2. Hi, Scott,

    The Easton city council discussed the issue of urban chickens at their committee meeting last Tuesday, and several members of the public expressed their opinions too--the update on that is here:

    It's the city coucil's planning committee" ("planning" as in land use matters) that is gathering info and input on the issue. The head of the committee is Easton city councilman Roger Ruggles. Contact info for him and all other city council members, as well as the city clerk's office is here:

    While the official public input discussion is already past, members of the public can always write the city council a letter (via the email addresses above is probably best--be sure to copy the city clerk) which will then become part of the public record at the next regular city council meeting, set for Wednesday, September 25 at 6 p.m. (While they are usually held in city council chambers on the sixth floor of city hall, this one is set for St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 610 Berwick St.--they hold a couple in each of the city's neighborhoods each year to make it easier for those without cars to attend at least one meeting per year more easily. Even if it frequently confuses everyone else.)

    At each regular city council meeting (they're held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, with council committee workshop meeting held the second and fourth Tuesdays as needed), there is time set aside for the public to address the council at any matter too, so you could certainly attend the upcoming meeting on the 25th and get your opinion on the matter heard.

    You can get the agenda to an upcoming city council meeting on this page of the city's website, but if it's not posted, ask for it via the city clerk's office. In person works, (it's usually out by the Friday before the Wednesday meeting), or email the city clerk's office--I'm pretty sure they're happy to forward a copy that way.

    Hope that helps. Say hi if you go to the next council meeting--I'm pretty much at all of them...