Welcome to the Folk Art Alliance at the Walk In Art Center's 2021 Traditional Arts and Heritage Festival!
Join us this year in-person or virtually to celebrate the traditional arts and cultural heritage of Schuylkill, Berks, and Lancaster Counties!
About The Festival
The online Traditional Arts and Heritage Festival hosted by the Folk Art Alliance at the Walk In Art Center to brings our live festival event to those who can't make it in person. Folk artists and tradition bearers have come together to create the festival experience virtually.
This years festival features demonstrations and performances by local artists. Check out the day's schedule for times then check out the "stage" for a live stream!
Browse the vendors, bake a traditional recipe, join in on a artists demonstration, check out the exhibit and get to know the community throughout the day! 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!
Demonstrations and Live Music Streaming Stage
Wine and Cider Co.
Specializes in Elderberry Wine and Traditional American Hard Cider made from local and wild harvested fruit.
Pennsylvania Redware - Ornaments, Plates and Bowls
Pysanky Egg and Ukrainian Paint with Thread Artist
Begun in 1932, the Roughwood Seed Collection is devoted to the preservation of culturally significant heirloom food plants.
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.
Experience the best, most locally produced foods that Berks County Farmers have to offer; direct from our farms to your table!
Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Signs
Specializes in fiber arts, specifically weaving, basketry, felting and knitting.
Russian Influenced Neo-Byzantine Iconography
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.
Metal Work with Serious Innovation
Family Scavenger Hunt!
As you explore the festival, take on the role of a folklorist with this traditional arts scavenger hunt! Just like a folklorist you will seek out and learn about the cultural heritage of your community!
See if you can find correct answers to the questions to the right and complete the activities! Good luck with your search and be sure to message us about your completed form to be featured on our social media pages!
New Panel Display at the Folk Art Exhibit at the Walk In Art Center
Explore The Region
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!
Images from the Field
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!
The Coalcracker in the Kitchen could use support after a personal tragedy. If you enjoy these recipes please consider supporting her at the link below.
Mazurek, also known as mazurka, is a flat Polish cake made with a shortbread style dough and topped with any combination of almond paste, preserves, dried fruits, nuts, meringues, chocolate, hazlenut or sometimes left plain. The one thing they have in common is they are rarely over 1 inch in height.
Learn to make authentic coal region boilo, the champagne of the coal region, in this video provided by Lori Fogg, A Coalcracker in the Kitchen. It's traditionall served warm and a great way to warm up on nippy nights! Cheers!
Hex Cat of Tumbling Run Legends and Lore Marker
About the Hex Cat of Tumbling Run
The Folk Art Alliance at the Walk In Art Center is very happy to announce we have been awarded a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to celebrate local legend "The Hex Cat of Tumbling Run Valley." The legend will be commemorated with a marker installed at Tumbling Run this Fall. The legend comes from a 1902 reported sighting of a 4-foot-long Hex Cat that terrorized a local family. Learn more and read original newspaper reports at the link below!