Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival draws a crowd, despite rain
It's a busy weekend in Central New York with Harbor Fest to the north, Jets Training Camp happening to the south and in Syracuse, several events downtown are making up ArtsWeek. YNN's Erin Clarke takes us to one where unique talents are on display.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Nancy Wasserman travels eight hours from Washington, D.C. to Syracuse every year for the city's Arts and Crafts Festival. Sure there are places closer to D.C. that she can go, but, she said, "It's always rewarding when people come back to your booth and they said 'oh I remember you,'"
The Syracuse community is part of what makes the Arts and Crafts Festival an experience worth traveling for. Despite the weather, visitors to the festival still came out.
"There are some die-hard arts exhibitors and enjoyers," said Sandra Fioramonti, owner of the Liverpool Arts Center.
The show features more than 160 artists from 27 states and Canada showing off and selling their work. And everyone can be part of the festival. At some tents, you can even make your own creation to take home.
Liverpool Arts Center staff encourages children and adults to express themselves through painting and activities in two other locations set up at the festival.
"We have a drum circle running throughout all three days. People can join in, sit down, drum on a big Jambe that we've made ourselves and at another location they can watch all of our students from Liverpool Arts Center sit at some wonderful easels and paint some beautiful oil paintings," said Fioramonti.
These experiences make for what Wasserman says is a high quality show. And that's why after three years, she continues to make the trek back to the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival.
ArtsWeek combines the Arts & Crafts Festival, the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Syracuse New Times Street Painting Festival. An arts walk links Everson Plaza to Columbus Circle to Hanover Square to Clinton Square.