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Street Festival to celebrate the arts, close North Queen Street

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The 300 block of North Queen Street will be closed Sunday as the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen hosts the first annual MAKERSfest. Craftsmen, musicians and food vendors will be among those celebrating during this street faire festival.

The 300 block of North Queen Street will be closed from Walnut Street to Lemon Street from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The event itself is slated to run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We’re excited to bring the MAKERSFest to Lancaster,” says Brandi Clark, executive director of the Guild. “It's a great opportunity for everyone to get their hands on craft--whether as a brand new maker experimenting at one of our demonstration and maker tables, or as an art lover who picks up beautiful handmade works from the many master artisans at our event."

Over 50 craftsmen will be selling and demonstrating their crafts. Artists from throughout the state will be there, as well as artists from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Virginia. Several mediums are also included. The artists work in wood, print making, photography, mixed media, metal, jewelry, glass, fiber, clay and basketry.

The RBW graffiti crew and Annex 24 Gallery will hold a street art demonstration. The Hempfield National Art Honor Society will hold a chain maille demonstration. The Lancaster Creative Factory will chalking up the sidewalks. The Heritage Press Museum will display personalize bookmark printing.

The Red Rose 4-H Fiber Artists will offer a sheep-to-shawl demonstration at the festival. The demonstration will not include the actual shearing. Commonwealth on Queen will offer coffee making demonstrations.

The River Valley Music Collective will organize live music on two stages. Playing at the BUiLDiNG CHARACTER stage will be Matthew Wenger at noon, followed by local folk band The Blue Mountain Owls, Angela Michele Walker, and Amanda Wells. Vin Fischer & Kin will be the final act there. The Zell Brothers, a local progressive rock band, are the first act performing at the street stage. Justin Angelo, SweetLife, Ben & Joe will follow. The final act there will be Bobbi Carmitchell.

In addition, Manheim Township Students will present a drop in benefit concert at Art & Glassworks, 319 North Queen Street. The concert is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and raise awareness for ALS. Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS actually is an acronym for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, according to the ALS Association.

The food trucks in Lancaster have become popular. Nine trucks will be parked in the courtyard at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. Sunday’s street faire coincides with the 2nd Sunday Flavor Fair at BUiLDiNG Character. Catering by Christina will be serving up Puerto Rican fare. Baron Von Schwein and Personal Chef Pierre DeRagon are both confirmed vendors as well. Other food vendors include: Upohar, Lancaster Pickle Company, Grammies Kitchen and Wes’ Water Ice.

The graphics department at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will be creating screen prints for tee shirts. Bring a shirt or buy one there. The shirt will display one of three “Lancaster City of Makers” designs.

Admission to MAKERSfest is free. Parking is available on neighboring streets or, for a cost, in nearby parking garages.

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