fiddlefest-cover2013Ellicottville’s Americana Folk Art Fair will entertain and amaze young and old this weekend, July 20–21. The free fair takes place in the village lawn by the gazebo 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each day.

The weekend actually launches on Friday night when “Finnegan’s Wake,” will be presented by some talented locals at the Gin Mill starting to raise funds for the continued restoration of the Jefferson Street Cemetery.  Ticketed event, organized by Bob McCarthy, is sold out, but the public is invited to join the party after 9:30 p.m.

Over the weekend, quality art and lively music will entertain the crowd. Freddie and Tuck will perform live on Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., as well as Tory and Rob Bedard on Sunday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Americana Folk Art Fair is coordinated by Bob McCarthy, Ellicottville’s goodwill ambassador, and is meant to celebrate local artists, community life and to introduce visitors to yet another facet of this charming town.

Ellicottville is home to a talented and diverse group of folk artists, artisans and exceptional year-round residents who love this wonderful community.

Why a folk art fair?

McCarthy describes folk art as “making functional art out of something else,” and his days of collecting various items at the Springville Auction naturally led him to create an event around it.

This casual, laid-back atmosphere of the Americana Folk Art Fair is unlike any other festival held in Ellicottville.

“This event is about people enjoying the day in Ellicottville,” McCarthy said. “You can sit and have a conversation, enjoy the music and see some wonderful local artists.”

Participating vendor and artist Annie Widger, a wool spinner and weaver, said demonstrations by crafters and artisans make the event memorable and educational.

So come over to Ellicottville this weekend and admire or take home some beautiful folk art including weaving and spinning, woodworking and carving, stained glass, photography, jewelry making, beading, furniture making and so much more.

There will also be tarot card readings, as well as a lemonade stand run by two little girls who will donate the proceeds to the Ellicottville Food Pantry.

Sunday marks the annual auction at the village gazebo to benefit the Ellicottville Historical Society’s Jefferson Street Cemetery Restoration Project. McCarthy will be the auctioneer and will be auctioning off his own garden art, as well as other unique items like birdhouses, an Irish cottage, benches and much more.

McCarthy will also be offering cemetery tours with transportation provided on his tractor-drawn wagon. Tours are on Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Prepare to hear some fascinating stories about those who are buried there — you will even get to meet some!

Cemetery tours begin at the Ellicottville Historical Society Museum on Washington Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children five and older.

There are so many interesting things to see and do to please just about everyone, all in a family-friendly environment. Come out and join the fun at this free community event!