REMSEN — The 40th annual Remsen Barn Festival of the Arts will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, filling the town’s Main Streets with homespun crafts and charm, from whimsical country kitsch to one of a kind jewelry and virtually everything in-between.
“From its humble beginnings, when the festival included tours of local barns and handmade quilts, it has become one of the northeast’s premier festivals, featuring crafts of all kinds, farmers market booths, food for every taste and entertainment all day, both days,” event organizers say, inviting people from far and wide to enjoy not just the merchandise but a host of festival cuisine from food trucks and specialty food vendors.
“You will find fun for the whole family 15 miles north of Utica, just off Route 12 in the little Welsh town of Remsen,” the organizers added.
The Barn Festival of the Arts runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29.
“A tradition for 40 years, Main Street is closed to vehicles and transformed into a magical shopping, eating and entertaining adventure,” organizers said, adding that “more than 250 quality crafters offer jewelry, textiles, fashion accessories, woodcrafts, soaps, pottery, holiday items, furniture, glass, candles and more.”
People are also invited to visit the event’s farmers market vendors for local honey, jams and jellies, gourmet spices and sauces, candy, fudge and local cheese curds.
Featured entertainers over the weekend include: Cincinnati Creek, The Old Main, The Magic of Chris Wheel, Harmony Katz, Butler-Sheehan Dance Studio, Mike Woolheater and Jim Boccardo.
People are also encouraged to visit a free quilt show at The Remsen Arts Center or find their way through the Corn Maze, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 at the Remsen Depot.
The Remsen Volunteer Fire Company will also host a breakfast buffet at the Fire Station on Main Street on both Saturday and Sunday morning starting at 7 a.m.
“On Sunday at 2:30, all are welcome to the Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh song fest) in the Stone Church on Prospect Street,” organizers said.
Admission to the festival is free and parking is available in a variety of lots in and around the festival with free shuttle buses running from many of the lots to the festival.
People are advised to leave their pets at home as “hot streets and crowds are a dangerous place for animals,” organizers said.
For more information, go online to www,remsenbarnfestival.org.