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YWCA Westfield resumed its annual Arts & Crafts Festival last year after skipping 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is on track for another successful event this year, which will be the annual festival’s 50th anniversary. The free two-day event will take place on Friday and Saturday July 30 at Moore Park, where visitors can browse dozens of stalls offering handmade items including home decor, clothing, toys and artwork. of original art.
“We look forward to attending this year’s Arts & Crafts Festival,” said YWCA Westfield Executive Director Stephanie Stevens. “YWCA Westfield thanks the committee members for all the work necessary to organize a successful event.
Around 125 vendors are expected to participate and around 5,000 people will attend the community event. Food is provided by a variety of vendors and includes healthy salads, chicken wings, beef on weck, wraps, baked goods and ice cream. There is something for all palates!
“We look forward to hosting the Arts & Crafts Festival every year, and we know the community looks forward to it as well,” said Kathryn Bronstein, Chair of the YWCA Westfield Board of Directors and Event Chair. “This event showcases the impressive work of local artists and artisans, and it also highlights Westfield as a great place to visit in our region. We believe this year, our 50th, will be our best yet!
The history of the event dates back to 1971 when Kate Alexander and Linda Dunn decided the village of Westfield needed an arts and crafts show. The chamber agreed to provide insurance and 16 exhibitors set up tables throughout Moore Park. Local organizations have provided food in recent years: the Dutchmeister has sold hot dogs and sauerkraut, Wives for the Survival of Agriculture has organized a pie stand, the Knights of Columbus has provided curly fries , the Presbyterian Church sponsored a Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner, JayCees offered homemade ice cream sandwiches, and the Exempt Fire Department sold waffles. Many volunteers contributed to the success of this annual event.
Over the years, proceeds exceeding $150,000 have been invested to support community projects such as holiday decorations, a soup kitchen freezer, park benches, trash cans and lights to beautify the area and funds Start-up funds were provided to help launch the Economic Development Corp. .
In 1992, the village entrusted the festival to the YWCA Westfield who took over the planning and organization of the event which is now known as the YWCA Westfield Arts & Crafts Festival.
At that time, Linda Dunn reportedly said “We had a lot of fun and have fond memories of those early years. After the first 20 years, it was time to look for new energy, new organizers and a new sponsor. We congratulate the YWCA and look forward to another 20 years of the show.
Who could have imagined in 1971 that the show would still be a popular attraction 50 years later? Mark your calendars so you don’t miss this spectacular event. For attendees, parking is available throughout the village as well as at the Westfield Academy and Central School bus garage with continuous shuttles to and from the park. Proceeds from the booth rental are now used by YWCA Westfield to support its mission to empower women and end racism.