Other Happenings

Traditional Crafts Try-It Tent

Try your hand at a variety of traditional crafts.  Artisans will show you the basics and share their love for what they do. You might leave with a new hobby! Find this tent in the Festival Marketplace, 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 10am to 6pm AND Sunday 10am to 4pm: Traditional African Henna with Afaf Kormouna & Nialwak Athow, hand-painted designs on skin.

Saturday 2pm to 6pm: Pysanky Eggs with Georgine Borchick: beautifully detailed eggs made in the Ukrainian tradition.

Sunday 10am to 2pm: Jewish Papercutting with Susan Leviton: intricate designs snipped from a sheet of paper.

Sunday 2pm to 6pm: Iconography with Kim Fritzges: Middle-Ages paintings of religious figures.

Eight images showing crafts to be demonstrated at the Traditional Crafts Try-It Tent.

We are especially excited to host Afaf and Nialwak to demonstrate the beauty of henna art, which is an important part of traditional weddings in East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.  For $5, you can enjoy their work on your own hand!


WITF Film Screening: Ken Burns' Country Music

Pop into the Alpine Room to sample Ken Burns' latest documentary, Country Music, courtesy of our good friends at WITF. This 16-hour film explores the history of country music from its deep roots in ballads, hymns and blues, to its mainstream popularity. The film debuts September 15th on WITF TV.

35-minute preview screenings are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.

Talk-Back sessions with local musicians follow some of the screenings: Saturday 2:35pm Shane Speal • Saturday 4:35pm Neidig, Koretzky & Campbell • Sunday 12:35pm Bluestone • Sunday 4:35pm TBA

1930s photo of a young man with guitar and young woman with banjo, grinning and singing.
An image from http://kenburns.com/film

WITF’s Local COUNTRY MUSIC Project will explore the genre’s roots in Pennsylvania. Our state has a long history of musical storytelling, reflected in the music of coal miners, lumberjacks and railroaders. One of the nation's first folk festivals was hosted at Bucknell University, and Easton's C. F. Martin Guitar Company makes instruments coveted by countless famed Country and Bluegrass musicians as well as rising stars. Bluegrass legend Del McCoury is from York, PA and still owns two homes there! Explore some of these untold stories and hear from a new generation of Country and Bluegrass musicians.

Save the date for WITF’s Signature Storytellers Event: Sunday, September 8 from 6-8pm at American Music Theatre in Lancaster. The event will feature musical performances by Country & Bluegrass artists and reflections on the classic country artists who have inspired them.