What are your favorite memories of life? We are continuing the Meet the Maker March series with a look at some of our favorite memories and adventures. Come with us on the adventures.
Hessler Street Fair – We have done a bunch of art fairs over the years, and each have their own flavor. One of our most adventurous events was a Cleveland tradition for 50 years, known as Hessler Street Fair. Hessler street is a brick and wood street (and court) located on the Case Western Reserve University campus. The festival began as a protest to developers that wanted to tear down the street for university development in the late 1960s. It was the height of the hippie era, and that vibe of colorful tie dye, and lots of music remained the mainstay of the festival through its last round in 2019. The street would be lined with artist tents, and food courts, giving way to a big music stage that featured 8-9 bands per day. Swelling crowds of patrons, including old hippies from back in the day, college kids, average folks… an exotic collection of people and fun. Sadly the organizing committee has decided to make their 50th year the final year. We miss that kick off to summer on the first weekend of June.
Made in Ohio Festival – Labor Day weekend artists fill the paths and town green of Hale Farm and Village, a recreated 19th century village that moved historic structures to create a village. Historic interpreters dress in period costume, and display period skills like farming, pottery throwing, and glass blowing. But on labor day weekend around 150 artists fill the acres with so much more… and musicians perch under big shady trees to play music of the post civil war era. This is Made In Ohio Festival on the grounds of Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio. Once in a while someone lets the chickens out and they come searching for snacks. We discovered one year that the watermelon we had brought was a draw, attracting around 9 chicken to our tent. But its the opportunity to put up a tent and paint a piece of silk for the visitors that was something i really love… I even let the kids try their hands at painting silk.
Lakeside Art and Craft Festival – Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated summer community founded by the Methodists as a vacation with purpose… art, sports, education and spiritual. One weekend in July we pitch our tent in the lawn of the old Victorian hotel (Hotel Lakeside) with a glorious view of the lake, gentle breezes, casual shoppers and for us a needed respite at our favorite bed and breakfast, Idylwyle. Its Sleepy, and so relaxing. We look forward to spending a few days there every year. Lakeside is located on the Marblehead peninsula, just over the bay from Sandusky.
And our highlight of the year is always the ArtCraft holiday sale. Many of the studios open up for a grand holiday sale, with shoppers wandering, visiting, shopping and having a blast. Covid prevented the holiday sale in 2020, but we remain hopeful that we will open our studio doors for the 2021 sale. Above are photos of the guest artists that shared our studio in 2019