Arts, Crafts & Music Festival revamped at The Barns | News

NAPPANEE — There will be some improvements at this year’s Arts & Crafts Pageant at The Barns of Nappanee. One of the important adjustments is the addition of the word “music” to the title.

Arts, Crafts & Music Pageant Coordinator Abbigail Griffin reported, “The arts are so all-encompassing, and music is aspect of that and all that goes with it.”

There will be two headliner outside concerts this yr — Steven Curtis Chapman on Thursday and Diamond Rio on Friday.

Tickets for these concert events are possibly $35 or $65 on Thursday or $25 or $50 on Friday. The reduced priced tickets are deliver your possess chair or blanket the increased-priced tickets are VIP seating. Tickets for the concerts are acquired individually, but according to their web page, pageant admittance is incorporated.

Aside from the headliners, a selection of nearby bands will be entertaining during the festival. (Full agenda in box.)

“We’ll have nine neighborhood bands — three for each individual day of the competition,” Griffin described, “They go over a vast assortment: reggae, pop, state, jazz and more.”


“Most of our distributors are new, not much too quite a few are pre-current,” Griffin reported. “We explored new avenues by way of social media and contacts with neighborhood distributors in South Bend, Fort Wayne and Elkhart location. We do want to be conscientious to people about us and guidance more locals, those people manufactured in our individual yard.”

She claimed there’ll be about 80 distributors this year. “We desired additional focus on real handcrafted or built by tiny business enterprise owners,” Griffin reported. “We consider it’s vital that individuals matters be appreciated.”

People can assume to see extra pottery and some of the Amish suppliers.

Griffin reported, “We’ll have a individual dedicated section for boutiques that we’re contacting ‘Boutique Row.’”

Some of the sellers will include: Sonshine Baskets, State Florist, Inside of Resin Pendants, Mulberry Soaps, Thistlemoon Pottery, Antlers by Design and style, Roger Matthews Gallery, Laser Fox Studio, Greg’s Art and Garden Iron, Dave’s Coffee Cakes, Sarah Chamberlain Artwork, Mariana Publishing and more.

Griffin said they desired to add much more factors to get family members associated considering the fact that “we realized our demographic was 45 and up, so we have the Ax throwing, caricature artwork and henna artwork.”

Aside from the foods obtainable at the Restaurant Barn and Ben’s Pretzels, there’ll be 10 meals distributors — regulars like Blue Kettle Popcorn, Amish Kuntry rolled ice product and fried pies, Rico Suave and Kona Ice. New this calendar year is Tonka BBQ from Nappanee, Smoky Blue BBQ, Wicked Wraps, Sweet Eliza’s Baking Co., Rapha Roast Coffee Co. and Stampers Concession.

Neighborhood QUILT

Griffin said when they have not made a quilt in the schoolhouse the past pair of several years, she rather contacted group associates who donated items of material for a neighborhood quilt. For each individual one particular-quarter piece of material donated, their identify will go in a drawing to earn the quilt. For all those who did not donate material they can donate $1 and get entered in the drawing, which will be drawn at the conclude of the working day on the last day of the competition.

Griffin reported this will be the previous calendar year for a a few-working day festival. In the upcoming they will nonetheless have a massive occasion the identical weekend, but it will be a two-working day or a single-day event. She explained they’ve identified 3 times is not as doable or price-successful for vendors.

“To make up for not having a a few-working day competition we’re going to be doing a lot more micro-activities, far more one working day events,” she stated.

The musical “Oklahoma” is presently playing in the Round Barn Theatre and the very last weekend of its run is the weekend of the competition.

Griffin inspired persons to occur out to the pageant.

“Just simply because tradition has modified, it does not necessarily mean it is for the worst — occasionally it is superior,” she stated. “Community is what knits us collectively and why we have created some of the selections we have.”