After three-year hiatus, Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival returns with a bang - world cultures

After three-year hiatus, Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival returns with a bang


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.

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday 9 July 2022 – People dine out at The Bistro in Haddonfield during the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival this year returning to downtown in its 28th year with over 200 artists and craftspeople on Saturday 9 July from 11am-7pm and Sunday July 10 from noon – 5 pmMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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.

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

SATURDAY July 9, 2022 – A Hadrosaurus Volky statue by John Gianotti looms over the Haddonfield Festival of Crafts and Fine Arts. The work, dedicated in 2003, commemorates William Parker Falk’s discovery in 1858, less than a mile away, of the first reasonably intact dinosaur skeleton ever found. The New Jersey fossil was also the first dinosaur skeleton ever to be shown.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

SATURDAY July 9, 2022 – A Hadrosaurus Volky statue by John Gianotti looms over the Haddonfield Festival of Crafts and Fine Arts. The work, dedicated in 2003, commemorates William Parker Falk’s discovery in 1858, less than a mile away, of the first reasonably intact dinosaur skeleton ever found. The New Jersey fossil was also the first dinosaur skeleton ever to be shown.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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.

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday July 9, 2022 – Steve Kuzma plays guitar at the Haddonfield Festival of Crafts and Fine Arts. Artist and musician. He said he was trying to raise awareness and money for the people of Ukraine. Kuzma was born in Philadelphia but is of Ukrainian descent. He plays in the artistic platform of his sister Catherine Kuzma.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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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Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – Artist Julia Ranson Mooney performs live painting in her booth at the Haddonfield Festival of Crafts and Fine Arts, which is back after a three-year hiatus in its 28th year with more than 200 artists and craftsmen on Saturday, July 9. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, from noon to 5 p.m.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – After a three-year hiatus, the Haddonfield Craft and Fine Arts Festival returns to downtown in its 28th year with over 200 artists and craftspeople on Saturday, July 9 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, July 10 from noon-5pmMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – A customer browses the Lolita First Purse bag at the 28th year back downtown Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival with more than 200 artists and craftsmen on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 From noon – 5 pmMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – After a three-year hiatus, the Haddonfield Craft and Fine Arts Festival returns to downtown in its 28th year with over 200 artists and craftspeople on Saturday, July 9 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, July 10 from noon-5pmMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 09, 2022 – Gideon Crane, Amidst the Gideon Forest, assists customers during the 28th year back downtown Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival with more than 200 artists and craftsmen on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 from Noon – 5 pmMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 09, 2022 – Susan Woolley; Haddonfield takes a look at the merchandise at the Contemporary Whirligigs Gallery at Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival which is back downtown in its 28th year with more than 200 artists and craftsmen on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, from noon-5 p.m.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Haddonfield 28th Crafts and Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2022 – After a three-year hiatus, the Haddonfield Craft and Fine Arts Festival returns to downtown in its 28th year with over 200 artists and craftspeople on Saturday, July 9 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, July 10 from noon-5pmMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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