At least 2,500 expected at Mare's Wares Arts Fest in Morristown on Tuesday
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:59 am

MORRISTOWN -- A local pottery business is expecting at least 2,500 people to attend a day of art, music, food and fun for all ages.

Mare's Wares is once again hosting its Arts Fest on July 1 from noon to 8 p.m. at Mare's Wares Pottery, 3938 State Hwy. 37.

"There's something for everyone," MaryAnn Evans, an event co-organizer and owner of Mare's Wares said.

The event will be handicap accessible. Volunteers will drive on golf carts those that cannot walk and wait for them while they check out the show.

In addition to upwards of 90 art and craft vendors, local artisans will be offering demonstrations of their various crafts.

Bill Balling will show off his chair-caning skills. Jack Taylor and Greg Lago will demonstrate their carving talents.

Evans will showcase the rake method of pottery-making. She said the demonstration is a crowd pleaser. Part of the process involves heating the pieces to 1,900 degrees Farenheit and dousing them.

Others showing their trade are to include bakers and a luthier.

For the wee ones, the festival will offer a puppet show, face painting and horse and pony rides. Evans said Breezy Maples Farms of Massena is bringing the animals and a 40-foot corral which will be set up in shady woods.

"[The kids area is] in a nice, cool, shaded spot so the kids aren't in the beating sun," Evans said.

For the ears, there will be a full day of music. This includes the Paul Baldwin Blues Band performing from 5 to 8 p.m. The group has shared the stage with such greats as B.B. King and Buddy Guy, Evans said.

Attendees will be able to fill their stomachs with a pig barbeque, which Evans said will be smoked all night prior to the festival.

Wine and beer lovers will get to try some local flavor. Beverages will be available for tasting from the St. Lawrence Brewery and vintners Coyote Moon, Vinditti, River Mist, Hammond's Bella Brooke Winery and the Thousand Islands winery.

Basta's Flowers of Ogdensburg has donated what Evans says is about $800 worth of plants to spruce up the grounds.

For more information about the event, call 375-8214.