Celebrate the ethnic heritage of the coal region and beyond with free food, folk art demonstrations and music during the annual Traditional Arts and Heritage Festival. The festival will be held at the Walk In Art Center, 220 Parkway in Schuylkill Haven, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 18.
The Walk In Art Center is the regional home of the Pennsylvania Folk Art Alliance of Berks, Schuylkill and Lancaster counties. Folklorist Jenna Winton travels around the region and chronicles the lives, art and food of those who use art to keep a connection to their heritage.
“The coal region is particularly filled with folks of Polish, Ukrainian and Eastern European descents,” said Jacquie Engel, Walk In Art Center executive director, in a press release. “Many keep their ethnic traditions alive through their churches and faith, and the Walk In Art Center and the Folk Art Alliance is able to coalesce all that information with help from the PA Council on the Arts’ Folk Art Partnership.”
St. Nicholas is providing food for the day including pans of pierogi, halushki and halupki. Demonstrations during the event will include weaving, pysanky (Ukrainian egg decorating), pottery and more. Several artists will fill the room with folk music throughout the event.
Several quilts will be on display, and quilt guild members will be demonstrating their work. Children can have fun cranking the handle of an ice cream maker and make their own ice cream sundaes.
Source: Berkshire mont