Summer Folk Art & Neighborhood Festival



Sunday, August 23, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Celebrate community and our collective history at a free neighborhood festival inspired by the exhibition A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America. This day-long event will include folk art, craft demonstrations, music, and hands-on upcycle activities for all ages inside the Museum along with yoga, more music, and food in Arts Park, across from the Museum.

The festival will also include the premier of a series of promotional videos created by the Center City Initiative's Upside Allentown marketing committee. The videos are aimed at celebrating and showcasing the positive things happening in downtown, including its unique, diverse neighborhoods and the many exciting arts, cultural, entertainment, and dining options that make Center City the place that people want to live, work, and play. The videos can be viewed inside the Museum throughout the festival.

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Here is a schedule of events:


10:30-11:30       Yoga in the Park                          
                          Allow Jen, from West End Yoga Center in Allentown, to guide you through an hour of asanas, flowing freely from one
                          pose to another while experiencing breath and body connection. All levels of yogis (people who want to practice yoga)
                          are welcome. Please wear something comfortable and nonrestricting and BYOM (bring your own mat).

noon                 Elspeth Tremblay

                          Australian pop/folk singer and songwriter Elspeth Tremblay has performed at the Beta Hi Fi Emerging Music Festival,
                          Doldrums Winter Music Festival, Gable Music's Singer-Songwriter Show, and the Bowery Electric.
1 p.m.               Orion Freeman
Philadelphia native Orion Freeman is a soul folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has toured the west coast as well
                          as performed at the 2nd Street Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bless the Woods Festival, and Doldrums Winter
                          Music Festival.
2 p.m.               Rivers
This all-acoustic trio from Harrisburg fuses indie, folk, and pop music. They have performed at the Chill at the Grille
                           Music Festival, South Street Spring Festival, Mojo’s, and Battlefield Brew Works.
3 p.m.                El Caribefunk
This quartet plays an exotic mixture of salsa, funk, and Caribbean music. They have performed at the Paper City Music
                          Festival, 2nd Street Festival, the Barytono Café, and throughout Colombia.

   Rivers    El Caribefunk


11 a.m.-?             DIY Giveaway Swedish Heart Pins
                 Julgranskorg is a heart-shaped basket weave pin. We are offering a version made from 100% recycled paper to                             the first 150 visitors through the door.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.    Woven Welcome Weaving Marathon
                            Two looms in Trexler Hall allow visitors to help weave as many rugs as possible in five hours, with a goal of twelve rugs.
11 a.m.-4.m.      Barbara Talijan
                            A talented bead weaver of handcrafted jewelry, ornaments, and home items, Barbara will demonstrate coral beading
                            from  the later nineteenth century style. Barbara will give a brief talk on early American beading at 12:30 p.m.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.   Brent Kresge
                          President and Carver of the Year (2014) of the William Rush Woodcarvers Club, Brent will demonstrate hand carving                                   and give a brief talk on traditional woodcarving at 1:30 p.m.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.   Louise Hutchings
                           Self-taught folk artist from Kutztown, Louise’s primary focus is on fraktur, the illuminated manuscript/folk art
                           drawings created by the Pennsylvania Germans from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work is inspired by
                           her own Pennsylvania German heritage. Louise will give a brief talk on the art of fraktur at 2:30 p.m.
11 a.m-4 p.m.    Mercantile Home
                           Mercantile Home is a community centered, creative lifestyle brand that designs and produces crafty personal and
                           home accessories using new, organic, and recycled materials.

11 a.m.              The Druckenmillers

                          This Old-Time folk music trio has played at venues such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Godfrey Daniels in
                          Bethlehem, Augusta Heritage Festival in West Virginia, and the Forksville Folk Festival in northern PA.
noon                  Ritmo Viejo
                          This quartet plays Latin-infused standards and traditional American folk music.

Louise Hutchings    Brent Kresge