In its sixth year, popular Williamsville festival has grown tenfold to 120 booths
Williamsville, N.Y. – Plans for the sixth annual Glen Park Art Festival on July 25th and 26th are almost complete. Festival Chair, Sharon Rich, promises that this year’s event will surpass last year’s in size and fun.
Rapidly becoming known throughout Western New York as one of the top art festivals in the area, the show is situated on Glen Avenue in beautiful Glen Park with its waterfalls and ponds providing the perfect setting. The main entrance which is easiest for the handicapped, is on Mill Street. Entrances are also available on Rock Street, which is steep, and through Glen Park on Main Street.
Since its founding in 2010, the Festival has grown from 15 tents to over 120 booths. Fine art, sculptures, pottery, specialized photography, quality jewelry and unique crafts from Western New York’s top artists will be available.
On our community stage, the Entertainment Committee, chaired by Deborah Doucette with the assistance of Mark Weber, have planned a variety of top local artists as well as dance exhibitions. Bring a chair and enjoy a relaxing performance
Many of the Village’s top restaurants are putting together a selection of foods for every appetite, Sweet Jenny’s ice cream and The Dickster’s Hot Dogs will complete the menu.
Older students have arranged their own arts and crafts show which has become increasingly popular. Students offer many items for sale.
The younger crowd will have loads of fun doing the many crafts and games being offered by the Town of Amherst Youth and Recreation Department and the Village’s Youth and Rec. Committee.
Mayor Brian Kulpa, Dick Rich and Sharon Rich, the founders of the Festival, envisioned a small community event held in a beautiful setting. Mrs. Rich explained the phenomenal growth by pointing out that the Festival has retained the feel of a community event and artists know that they and their work are appreciated. “Our committee truly believes in supporting our artists and vendors. They bring a unique quality of life to our community,” said Mrs. Rich.
The show is sponsored by the Town of Amherst, Village of Williamsville and the Williamsville Business Association. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Fridaynight will feature a kickoff concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Glen Avenue near Mill Street with entertainment by the Dixieland jazz group The Fredtown Stompers.
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