After a three-year hiatus, the Haddonfield Craft and Fine Arts Festival is back in the already vibrant city center in its 28th year with more than 200 artists displaying their fine arts and crafts.
A little light rain early Saturday didn’t stop visitors from strolling the closed streets, browsing and buying from a record number of entertainers, each with their own umbrella as the event rained or sunlit.
Since COVID has hit, more is the rule than the exception, most places on the list of à la carte restaurants downtown offer outdoor seating. Alfrescos added to the festive and laid-back atmosphere in one of the oldest communities in what was originally West Jersey between 1674 and 1702.
One notable difference that this particular festival can claim that no one else on earth can claim is the presence of one Hadrosaurus foulki—a statue, anyway.
Less than a mile away, the first reasonably intact dinosaur skeleton was discovered in 1858 by William Parker Falk. The New Jersey fossil was also the first dinosaur skeleton ever to be shown.
In modern times, an eight-foot-high and 15-foot-tall bronze statue of a prehistoric monster created by sculptor John Gianotti of Lantern Lane looms over a pedestrian walkway downtown.
Steve Kuzma, artist, photographer and musician, alternated between playing the violin and guitar for passersby in front of a stage he shared with his sister, artist Catherine Kuzma.
“I am raising awareness and some money to send to hospitals in Ukraine,” he said between songs. He said he currently has a photo gallery in Atlantic City and is a touring musician. Kuzma was born in Philadelphia and is of Ukrainian descent.
The two-day outdoor festival, sponsored by Subaru, is held on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from noon – 5 p.m. along the city’s main street, Kings Highway, between Washington Street and Haddon Street and along Tanner Street. To Euclid Street and into Kings Court.
In 1993, Renaissance Craftables, a local family business, along with the Haddonfield business community, came together to create the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival as a way to promote artists and downtown. Over the past 27 years, the festival has grown in number of performers and has grown beyond the main extension of Kings Highway to include Tanner Street and Kings Court.
The festival is easily accessible via PATCO and there is ample public parking surrounding the downtown area.
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