The 2020

Folk Art and 

Community Makers Festival


Everything you want from a Folk Art Festival

Help us recreate the festival experience by hosting it with us in your own home!


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!

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Wild Elder

Wine and Cider Co.

Specializes in Elderberry Wine and Traditional American Hard Cider made from local and wild harvested fruit.

Carbon County


The Hex Factory

Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs

Berks County


Wilz Pottery

Pennsylvania Redware - Ornaments, Plates and Bowls

Lorraine Handmade

Specializes in fiber arts, specifically weaving, basketry, felting and knitting.

Georgine Borchick

Pysanky Egg and Ukrainian Paint with Thread Artist

Kim Fritzges

Russian Influenced Neo-Byzantine Iconography


The Roughwood Seed Collection

Begun in 1932, the Roughwood Seed Collection is devoted to the preservation of culturally significant heirloom food plants.

Chester County


Hope Hill Lavender FarmLLC

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.


Schuylkill County

WayHar Farms

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.

Berks County


DFS Designs

Metal Work with Serious Innovation

Carbon County


The Nesting Box Market and Creamery

Experience the best, most locally produced foods that Berks County Farmers have to offer; direct from our farms to your table!


Berks County

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.

Coal-Region Cookin'


Prepare a coal-region signature dish at your own pace in a step-by-step provided by the Coalcracker in the Kitchen!

Blacksmith Demonstration

Live Music By Dave Matsinko

In this demonstration, blacksmith George Dennis shares techniques for creating a bronze leaf.

Click Here For Live Music by Dave Matsinko!

Community "Get Together"

Join in the community "Get Together" Zoom


Folk Art Exhibit at the Walk In Art Center

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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!

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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!

Living Traditions: 

Patrick Donmoyer, Director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Center, shares the legacy of Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars in a documentary by Wunderbar.

Explore The Region

The History:


The Land:


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!

Eastern Pennsylvania's
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.

Regional  Music:

Local Musician Jay Smar shares stories and music about the history and people of the coal region.

Click here to learn more about Jay and his music. 

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Christmas Ornaments
Holiday Season in Eastern Pennsylvania

Updated Vendor list for our Outdoor Holiday Market (as of 11/4/20)

-Dina Nelson- Floral Crafts, Banks, Wreaths

-Sandy Calderone- Stella’s Closet

-Amy Kirby- Creative Crispies Company

-Helene Elko button jewelry

-Face Monster- Skateboards

-Windy Valley Art Works- Pottery

-Rebecca Donohue Photography

-Lorraine Handmade- Fiber Art

-BeautyCraftCo- Self Care Products

-Corrine Lee Roskos- Jewelry and Hats

-DooDahDaze- Candles

-Anne Wateska- Handmade Belgian Chocolates

-McSmith Creations- Holiday Decor

-The Sewing Sisterhood--American Girl clothes, Fabric Roses & more...

-Gary MacCready--Watercolors

-Lady Lynora's Gemstone Treasures

-CM Bars- Chocolate Moonshine

Interested artists and handmade vendors, please click here for more details and to register to be a vendor:

Learn the recipes and methods for creating traditional coal region holiday dishes!



December 5th, 2020  10 am-4pm

220 Parkway, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972



December 3-5, 2020

1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street Pa., 17584



December 5, 2020



December 4 - 12, 2020

Ephrata PA

16 E Main St

Ephrata, PA 17522

Thank you for attending our Festival!

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Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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