BOILING SPRINGS, PA (May 7, 2012) - The historic village of Boiling Springs, PA will again be the scene Saturday, June 2, 2012, of the 26th Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival. The juried arts & crafts festival is held the first Saturday of June each year in this quaint Cumberland Valley site by the Appalachian Trail.
The juried festival will feature the original works of over 100 fine artists and craftsmen of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen as well as professional artists and craftsmen from throughout the country.
The event, running from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, rain or shine, takes over the streets surrounding the picturesque Children's Lake, spanning from the Memorial Clock Tower to the walking bridge. Admission is free. Free shuttles for parking will be available from the Boiling Springs High School to the festival site. Handicapped parking is available.
The outstanding juried art and fine crafts festival will include fine art, pottery, furniture, fiber, jewelry, wheat weaving, handmade brooms, decorative painting, leather, metalwork, enameling, glass, woodworking, glass, doll sculpture, photography, and ironware. A blacksmith demonstration will be featured by industrial arts students from Boiling Springs High School.
Local artisans include Bob Cappelli, Pam Cummings, Harrisburg; Nancy Capuano, Dan Hayward, Donna Hurley, Beka Rousek, Carlisle; Jennifer Daggs, New Cumberland; Nancy Crochet, Richelle Dourte, Paula Lewis, Gerald Putt, Joan Rhodes, Boiling Springs; Mark Fitzgerald, Dillsburg; Margaret Fultz, Candance Cothard, Camp Hill; Erin Keck, Ted Walker, Mechanicsburg; and Roxan O'Brien, Shiremanstown;
Another feature of the festival each year is the issuance and sale of the Foundry Day cachet, a limited edition cancelled collectible envelope with printed illustration, signed by the artist. Kim Banister of Boiling Springs, is the artist of the 2012 cachet.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Trout Unlimited , Keystone Trails Association, Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Mountain Club of Maryland, Cumberland Appalachian Trail Club, Summit Search & Rescue, Appalachian Trail Museum, and Appalachian /PA will all have educational and visitor information booths along Children's Lake. The organizations will hold a contest for children to create artwork on an Appalachian Trail or Boiling Springs theme. Prizes will be awarded and winning art will be displayed at trail kiosks.
2012 Foundry Day News Release
Activities for children include The Bubble Man, face painting, balloon animals throughout the day. The country classics band, Reminisce, will perform at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. The festival will end with a concert by the Boiling Springs High School Band at 6:00 pm in the gazebo,
A variety menu of food and drink, including cheese steaks, smoked turkey legs, crab cakes, pulled pork, sausages, french fires, blooming onions, salads, funnel cakes, apple dumplings, Mexican, Thai and much more, will be available by local organizations and commercial vendors.
This year an added attraction will be "Quiltfest 2012". Held in conjunction with Foundry Day, the biennial quilt show will be located in Iron Forge Education Center, Forge Road, Boiling Springs. Over 150 quilts will be displayed and the show will include quilt vendors, appraisals, demonstrations and a charity raffle.
The festival is sponsored by the Foundry Day Committee, Inc., in cooperation with Boiling Springs Civic Association and the Yellow Breeches Chapter, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. For information go to www.ybcrafts.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.