“Artists & Artisans in Paradise” brings arts, crafts, performance and community inspiration, to Stratford’s Paradise Green on Sunday August 24. The theme is “All local, all handmade,” featuring artists and artisans selling all-original, handmade art and handiwork.
There are two new features to the fair this year. There will be a Stratford Student Art Competition, where high school art students are invited to compete for ribbons and recognition. Also new to the fair is a “Poetry on the Hour,” poetry reading series, which will welcome established poets from across the state to share their work at the top of each hour. Award-winning Stratford Poet Norah Pollard will be on-hand throughout the event.
Live music will be provided by singer-songwriter Dave Hogan, singer-songwriter Lys Guillorn, barbershop quartet Coffee Break, the “musical joy” of the Alpaca Gnomes, and folk rocker Valiante Hart.
“Last year’s event was a big success, ” said Anne Mulligan, event coordinator. “People loved the handmade, beautiful art and handiwork, and the wonderful vibe of the event. We can’t wait to take it to a new level this year.”
The event is brought to you by the Stratford Arts Guild which was created to support and foster the growth of the arts and cultural experiences in and around the Stratford area. This is done through an organized arts collaborative comprised of artists, patrons of the arts, community organizations and businesses. The Guild believes a community’s quality of life is enhanced by diverse and thriving cultural arts activity by the members of that community.
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