Cooperstown's Artisan Festival to return for third year

Karla Andela, a Milford resident and pottery instructor, trims a vessel at the Cooperstown Artisan Festival’s 2017 revival. The Artisan Festvial will return to 197 Main St. in Cooperstown for a third year, with activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1.  File

Cooperstown’s revived Artisan Festival will return for its third season as a Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce event, with two days of activities on the Otsego County property at 197 Main St. in Cooperstown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. 

“We wanted to expand what the festival offered this year,” said chamber Executive Director Tara Burke. “We want to highlight the artisans and also offer family friendly activities.” 

The festival will partner with the Cooperstown Beverage Trail to offer a beer and wine tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Red Shed Brewery, Pail Shop Vineyards, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Butternuts Beer and Ale and the Fly Creek Cider Mill are all scheduled to be at the tasting, according to a media release.  

“It is a celebration of all things craft,” Burke said, “and we feel they fit right in with the craft label.” 

According to the release, more than 50 vendors will sell their goods at the event, with products that include: jewelry, woodworking, fiber, soap, fine art, metal, quilts and candles.

From 1966 through 2013, an Artisan Festival was presented by the Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club. The event was revived in 2017 by the chamber and its previous executive director, Matt Hazzard. 

This year’s event is the first big event for Burke, who replaced Hazzard in April. Soon after she took over, the chamber’s Board of Directors announced it would cancel the other end-of-the-year event, Cooptoberfest. Burke said at the time she wanted the most popular parts of Cooptoberfest to transfer to Artisan Festival weekend, including children’s activities and more food options. 

“We are really excited to be including The Green Cow, a new business near the festival, on Railroad Avenue, and their gourmet hot dogs,” Burke said. “We will also be having The Giving Truck coming back with their vegan options. 

“And because the Cooperstown Art Association is also holding its Fine Arts on the Lawn (at 22 Main St.) at the same time, and we want to encourage people to walk back and forth between the two events, there will also be other restaurants offering outdoor sales in between the events,” she said. 

There will be music from 2 to 5 p.m. by The Council Rock Band. Local musicians Dan & Faith, The Neo Trio, Will & Sue and Jack the Banjo Man will also play. The Farmers’ Museum and the Utica ZooMobile will have exhibits, and there will be face panting and other art activities for kids. Stewart’s Shops will provide free ice cream Saturday. 

Burke said festival planning has been a big switch from her settling-in phase earlier in the year. 

“We’re in full-on festival mode right now,” she said. “Right now there is nothing else going on.” 

Go to www.cooperstownartisanfestival.info for more information. 

Greg Klein, staff writer, can be contacted at gklein@thedailystar.com.

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