About The Festival
The first ever online Folk Art and Community Makers Festival has been created by the Folk Art Alliance at the Walk In Art Center in light of pandemic cancellations. Folk artists and community makers have come together to create the festival experience virtually.
Browse the vendors, bake a traditional recipe, join in on a craftsmen's workshop, check out the exhibit and get to know the community in a happy hour/meet and greet event! Get acquainted with the unique region and it's community. Follow the itinerary or scroll through at your leisure. While you're at it, explore some of our new programs!
Wine and Cider Co.
Specializes in Elderberry Wine and Traditional American Hard Cider made from local and wild harvested fruit.
Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs
Pennsylvania Redware - Ornaments, Plates and Bowls
Specializes in fiber arts, specifically weaving, basketry, felting and knitting.
Pysanky Egg and Ukrainian Paint with Thread Artist
Russian Influenced Neo-Byzantine Iconography
Begun in 1932, the Roughwood Seed Collection is devoted to the preservation of culturally significant heirloom food plants.
Enjoy the views of our lavender farm and picturesque surroundings while shopping in our farm store for products made to smell wonderful naturally and lavender culinary items, too.
Third generation family-owned country store with a 50 year old tradition of producing farm fresh milk and homemade ice cream in the Berks Schuylkill areas.
Metal Work with Serious Innovation
Experience the best, most locally produced foods that Berks County Farmers have to offer; direct from our farms to your table!
Workshops and Live Music 10am- 4pm
Workshops and performances will be available at the posted time. Please push "refresh page" at the workshop time so the videos will show up published. Click the corner to expand the screen!
Willow Basket Weaving
Learn the process of willow basketry in a presentation by fiber artist Lorraine Felker.
Heirloom Seed Gardening
Hosted by seed manager Stephen Smith, learn about maintaining and growing heirloom seeds.
Prepare a coal-region signature dish at your own pace in a step-by-step provided by the Coalcracker in the Kitchen!
Live Music By Dave Matsinko
Community "Get Together"
In this demonstration, blacksmith George Dennis shares techniques for creating a bronze leaf.
Click Here For Live Music by Dave Matsinko!
Join in the community "Get Together" Zoom
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Folk Art Exhibit at the Walk In Art Center
In 2019 the Folk Art Alliance opened a folk art exhibit at the Walk In Art Center. Exhibit panels featuring five artists are in the slideshow below. Visit the Walk In Art Center when restrictions pass to see the entire exhibit!
NorthEastern Pennsylvania's contemporary culture has been formed by it's original inhabitants and the waves of diverse immigrant populations that migrated here in the 1700's for opportunities to work in the coal mines. The diverse cultures together created shared American culture, unique to eastern Pennsylvania. Visit the Schuylkill County Historical Society to learn more and enjoy the slide show with historic pictures below!
Explore The Region
An iconic comfort food in the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the dish features a mix of rice and ground beef rolled in individual cabbage leaves and baked in a sweet/tart tomato sauce.
Choose any of these coal regions signature dishes provided by "A Coalcracker in the Kitchen" for an authentic taste of Eastern Pennsylvania you can make in your own kitchen. Enjoy while watching the live entertainment or the community "get together"!
Grocery list's are included with the recipe and stories about the history of each dish in the region! Be sure to check out the "A Coalcracker in the Kitchen"'s blog for an extensive collection of coal region dishes!
Heritage Foodways Trail
About the Trail
Eastern Pennsylvania's Heritage Foodways Trail winds through Carbon, Berks, and Schuylkill Counties guiding locals and visitors alike through the region's culinary landscape. Come discover the traditional culinary history of the region and the new influences that are contributing to eastern pennsylvania's unique culinary culture.
With over 45 sites to visit, participants can choose their own adventure or follow one of our themed trails for the local's recommendations.
Community "Get Together"
Have specific quesitons about the region, a signature dish, or traditional art? Join community members and visitors alike in a social hour of connecting and community making. Zoom link below!
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86092859198