After a three-year hiatus, the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival has returned to the city’s already vibrant downtown for its 28th year, and with more than 200 artists showcasing their art and crafts.
A smattering of light rain early Saturday didn’t stop visitors from strolling the closed streets, browsing and shopping at a record number of performers, each with their own canopy, if the event takes place rain or shine.
Since COVID struck, as is the norm rather than the exception, most places on the list of eclectic downtown restaurants offer outdoor seating. Al fresco diners between 1674 and 1702 added to the festive yet relaxed atmosphere in one of West Jersey’s oldest parishes.
A notable accolade that this particular festival can claim and that no other in the world can claim is the presence of a Hadrosaurus foulki – a sculpture, anyway.
Less than a mile away, the first reasonably intact dinosaur skeleton ever found was discovered by William Parker Foulke in 1858. The New Jersey fossil was also the first dinosaur skeleton ever to be put on public display.
In modern times, an eight-foot-tall and 15-foot-long bronze statue of the prehistoric beast, created by sculptor John Giannotti, looms menacingly from Lantern Lane, a pedestrian walkway in the center of town.
Steve Kuzma, an artist, photographer and musician, took turns playing violin and guitar for passers-by in front of a booth he shared with his artist sister, Catherine Kuzma.
“I’m raising awareness and some money to send to hospitals in Ukraine,” he said between songs. He said he currently has a photo exhibit in Atlantic City and is a touring musician. Kuzma was born in Philadelphia and is of Ukrainian descent.
The two-day open-air festival, sponsored by Subaru, will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. along the city’s main thoroughfare, Kings Highway. between Washington Avenue and Haddon Avenue and along instead of Tanner Street to Euclid Avenue and Kings Court.
In 1993, Renaissance Craftables, a local family business, came together with the business community of Haddonfield to form the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival to promote artists and the downtown area. Over the last 27 years the festival has increased the number of artists and has grown beyond the main Kings Highway to Tanner Street and Kings Court.
The festival is easily accessible via PATCO and there is ample public parking around the city centre.
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