See a mix of mediums at annual Artisans' Fair

  • Saturday, March 30, 2013

The 10th annual Artisans' Fair is coming up and it's sure to bring some new surprises.
New to the event this year is a silent auction, which will start the evening of April 19 and go through April 21.
"We have a mixture of oil paintings, watercolors, jewelry, pottery, metal sculpturing, just a little bit of everything," said Lynn Thompson, chairman of the Living History Park.
"One of our artists is a listed artist in Early American Life magazine (Joanne Evans), which is a pretty big deal. She does 18th century paintings. She actually did the painting that is in the barn at the Living History Park."
Thompson noted there also are other interesting artists that will be in the show. Due to the show being juried, the artists must apply and be deemed suitable by out-of-town jurors. There also will be artists from "all over," as well as 18th-century crafts, furniture, merchants and even a blacksmith.
The first night is a preview, and it will last from 5 to 7 p.m.
Wine World and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce partner with the fair to put on the event, which gives away samples and is free to the public. It also will include various foods and deserts. Doug and the Henrys will put on the musical entertainment.
On Saturday, one of the featured musicians will be 14-year-old Skilyr Hicks. Hick, originally from Jefferson, Ohio, has since moved to North Augusta and currently attends Paul Knox Middle School. There will also be different musical artists every hour throughout the weekend.
There's plenty to do for families throughout the event as well. The blacksmith and wood carvers not only work, but also explain to eventgoers the process of what they are doing.
It's great for kids because "they're not just sitting there," according to Thompson. There will also be a concession stand that will have smoked pork and turkey sandwiches, homemade peanut butter pieces and strawberry shortcake.
"We always do it ourselves, and the people that do it are really good," Thompson said.
For more information about the event, visit www.colonialtimes.us/artisans.html or call 803-979-9776.

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