The Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival’s fall show offers both reflection and rejoicing

When visitors returned to Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival after COVID-19 precautions curtailed gatherings, spreading out a bit more in Claudius Crozet Park made sense for safety reasons.

It also helped organizers create a happy medium between the joyful bustle of a festival and a reflective space to browse arts and crafts and select the right gifts for friends and loved ones.

“I think we’ve found the middle ground,” said festival director Ewa Harr. “When we first came back, we got rid of the big tent and spaced everyone out. We are still scattered on the ground, but a little closer together.

Having more “respite” to dwell on woodworking, textiles, stoneware and watercolors has proven popular with visitors, Harr said.

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“We got good feedback on that, so we’re not bringing the big tent back,” Harr said.

More than 120 artists and artisans from across the country will exhibit everything from paintings and jewelry to ceramics and furniture at the 42nd annual festival, which is presented each May and October in Claudius Crozet Park. Opening hours for the fall edition of the festivities will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s jury list of exhibitors is made up of approximately 60% regulars and veterans and approximately 40% newcomers with new insights to share. Whether you want to add more serving pieces to suit your flatware from a favorite potter’s kiln or discover a new jewelry designer to help you deck out in style, there’s going to be plenty to see.

“It’s never the same festival,” Harr said. “There are definitely collectors out there who want to be first there. A lot of returning artists are still in the same places.

Don’t expect to maintain the silence of the gallery, as there will be plenty of music, food and festivities.

Saturday performances will be provided by Skyline Country Cloggers at 10 a.m., Gina Sobel at 11:15 a.m., Zuzu’s Hot Five at 12:45 p.m. and Farm Use String Band at 3:15 p.m.

On Sundays, listen to Western Albemarle High School Jazz Band at 10 a.m., Swansong at 11:30 a.m. and Sweet Potatoes at 2:30 p.m.

Children’s entertainment in the Kids Zone will include performances by Kim and Jimbo Cary and Balloon Animals with Steve Elmore, plus inflatables from Bounce Play N Create, Magic Mirror Arts face painting and fun with Bluebird Bookshop.

Foods will be available from Legaci Eats, Slice Versa, Avocado, Just a Bite, Crabdaddy’s, Whistle Stop Grill, Crozet Creamery, Posh Fairy Floss, Kona Ice, Blue Ridge Kettle Korn, Buzzing Bee Coffee Company and members of the Crozet Lions Club .

The beers featured at the festival come from local breweries – Starr Hill Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The wines, for the most part, come from King Family Vineyards. The cider comes from Blue Toad Cider.

Admission is $7 per day; it’s $6 for seniors and military. Children 12 and under enter free. If you want to attend both days to make sure you don’t miss a thing, weekend passes are $12 and $10.

And it’s not too late to participate for free by becoming a volunteer. Volunteers also receive T-shirts.

Well-behaved pets on a leash may also attend.

The profits of the festival are donated to Parc Claudius Crozet. To find out more about the festival, go to crozetfestival.com. For more details on Claudius Crozet Park itself, go to crozetpark.org.

When visitors returned to the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival after COVID-19 precautions curtailed gatherings, expanding exhibitor stations a bit further into Claudius Crozet Park made sense for safety reasons.

It also helped organizers strike the right balance between the joyful bustle of a festival and the thoughtful time needed to browse artworks and crafts and select the right gifts for friends and loved ones. .

“I think we’ve found the middle ground,” said festival director Ewa Harr. “When we first came back, we got rid of the big tent and spaced everyone out. We are still scattered on the ground, but a little closer together.

Having more “respite” to dwell on woodworking, textiles, stoneware and watercolors has proven popular with visitors, Harr said.

“We got good feedback on that, so we’re not bringing the big tent back,” Harr said.

More than 120 artists and artisans from across the country will exhibit everything from paintings and jewelry to ceramics and furniture at the 42nd annual festival, which is presented each May and October in Claudius Crozet Park. Opening hours for the fall edition of the festivities will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s jury list of exhibitors is made up of approximately 60% regulars and veterans and approximately 40% newcomers with new insights to share. Whether you want to add more serving pieces from your favorite potter’s kiln to match your favorite dinnerware or discover a new jewelry designer to help you deck out in style, there’s going to be plenty to see.

“It’s never the same festival,” Harr said. “There are definitely collectors out there who want to be first there. A lot of returning artists are still in the same places.

Don’t expect to maintain the silence of the gallery, as there will be plenty of music, food and festivities.

Saturday performances will be provided by Skyline Country Cloggers at 10 a.m., Gina Sobel at 11:15 a.m., Zuzu’s Hot Five at 12:45 p.m. and Farm Use String Band at 3:15 p.m.

On Sundays, listen to Western Albemarle High School Jazz Band at 10 a.m., Swansong at 11:30 a.m. and Sweet Potatoes at 2:30 p.m.

Children’s entertainment in the Kids Zone will include performances by Kim and Jimbo Cary and Balloon Animals with Steve Elmore, plus inflatables from Bounce Play N Create, Magic Mirror Arts face painting and fun with Bluebird Bookshop.

Foods will be available from Legaci Eats, Slice Versa, Avocado, Just a Bite, Crabdaddy’s, Whistle Stop Grill, Crozet Creamery, Posh Fairy Floss, Kona Ice, Blue Ridge Kettle Korn, Buzzing Bee Coffee Company and members of the Crozet Lions Club .

The beers featured at the festival come from local breweries – Starr Hill Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The wines, for the most part, come from King Family Vineyards. The cider comes from Blue Toad Cider.

Admission is $7 per day; it’s $6 for seniors and military. Children 12 and under enter free. If you want to attend both days to make sure you don’t miss a thing, weekend passes are $12 and $10.

And it’s not too late to participate for free by becoming a volunteer. Volunteers also receive t-shirts, allowing them to wear their art.

Well-behaved pets on a leash may also attend. Find all the details on crozetfestival.org.

When visitors returned to the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival after COVID-19 precautions curtailed gatherings, expanding exhibitor stations a bit further into Claudius Crozet Park made sense for safety reasons.

It also helped organizers strike the right balance between the joyful bustle of a festival and the thoughtful time needed to browse artworks and crafts and select the right gifts for friends and loved ones. .

“I think we’ve found the middle ground,” said festival director Ewa Harr. “When we first came back, we got rid of the big tent and spaced everyone out. We are still scattered on the ground, but a little closer together.

Having more “respite” to dwell on woodworking, textiles, stoneware and watercolors has proven popular with visitors, Harr said.

“We got good feedback on that, so we’re not bringing the big tent back,” Harr said.

More than 120 artists and artisans from across the country will exhibit everything from paintings and jewelry to ceramics and furniture at the 42nd annual festival, which is presented each May and October in Claudius Crozet Park. Opening hours for the fall edition of the festivities will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s jury list of exhibitors is made up of approximately 60% regulars and veterans and approximately 40% newcomers with new insights to share. Whether you want to add more serving pieces from your favorite potter’s kiln to match your favorite dinnerware or discover a new jewelry designer to help you deck out in style, there’s going to be plenty to see.

“It’s never the same festival,” Harr said. “There are definitely collectors out there who want to be first there. A lot of returning artists are still in the same places.

Don’t expect to maintain the silence of the gallery, as there will be plenty of music, food and festivities.

Saturday performances will be provided by Skyline Country Cloggers at 10 a.m., Gina Sobel at 11:15 a.m., Zuzu’s Hot Five at 12:45 p.m. and Farm Use String Band at 3:15 p.m.

On Sundays, listen to Western Albemarle High School Jazz Band at 10 a.m., Swansong at 11:30 a.m. and Sweet Potatoes at 2:30 p.m.

Children’s entertainment in the Kids Zone will include performances by Kim and Jimbo Cary and Balloon Animals with Steve Elmore, plus inflatables from Bounce Play N Create, Magic Mirror Arts face painting and fun with Bluebird Bookshop.

Foods will be available from Legaci Eats, Slice Versa, Avocado, Just a Bite, Crabdaddy’s, Whistle Stop Grill, Crozet Creamery, Posh Fairy Floss, Kona Ice, Blue Ridge Kettle Korn, Buzzing Bee Coffee Company and members of the Crozet Lions Club .

The beers featured at the festival come from local breweries – Starr Hill Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company. The wines, for the most part, come from King Family Vineyards. The cider comes from Blue Toad Cider.

Admission is $7 per day; it’s $6 for seniors and military. Children 12 and under enter free. If you want to attend both days to make sure you don’t miss a thing, weekend passes are $12 and $10.

And it’s not too late to participate for free by becoming a volunteer. Volunteers also receive t-shirts, allowing them to wear their art.

Well-behaved pets on a leash may also attend. Find all the details on crozetfestival.org.

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