Arts at Hayfield returns Aug. 24

First Posted: 8/13/2014

More than 120 artisans, performers, craftsmen and food vendors will converge on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus in Lehman for the 30th Annual Arts at Hayfield Summer Festival set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, rain or shine,

From 11:30 a.m. until closing, there will be a steady string of performances: the Donegal Weavers, the Northeast Youth Theater Company directed by Gina Major, Just Us (folk/rock), Frank Littlebear with native dance and music, the Music Box Theatre Players, singing a variety of stage hits, Whiskey Tango (a new country group), Robert Smith, the juggler and walk-about performances by Pat Ward, bringing magic and balloon art, and Rene Rosier, a member of the faculty, bringing Conyngham Scots spirit to the show with bagpipe music.

Food vendors will serve amix of festival foods with crab cakes and funnel cakes being new additions to popular foods that have been enjoyed for the past 30 years.

Along with the fine work of over 100 crafters, there will be guest demonstrations featuring techniques of stenciling on tin, reverse painting on glass and country painting by experts in early American decoration, paper marbling (hands on) by bookbinder Don Rash and worldwide egg decorations and techniques by Helen Grebski.

Children may enjoy especially the performance of the youth theatre group, a juggler and a magician with craft activities offered by the Master Gardeners, the Hildebrant Learning and free face painting and balloons at the craft tent.

The Observatory will be open for tours from 2 to 4:30 p.m..

The Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about gardens and will offer advice about fall gardening and how to light gardens with bulbs. Making pinecone bird feeders is always fun for all ages.

Tours of Hayfield House will take place at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

A requested donation for adults of $2 supports an annual achievement award for an arts-oriented campus student, support for public performances offered by other groups in the Wyoming Valley area.

For more information, contact Festival Chair Janis Winter at 570-675-9232 or

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