After a three-year hiatus, the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival has returned to the town’s already vibrant downtown for its 28th year and with more than 200 artists showingcasing their fine art and crafts.
A smattering of light rain early Saturday didn’t deter visitors from strolling the closed-off streets, browsing and buying from a record number of artists, each with their own canopy as the event is held rain or shine.
Since COVID hit, as is the rule more than the exception, most places on the roster of eclectic eateries downtown offer outdoor seating. Alfresco Diners added to the festive, yet laid-back atmosphere in one of the oldest communities in what was originally known as West Jersey between 1674 and 1702.
One notable distinction this particular festival can claim which no other on earth can is the presence of one Hadrosaurus foulki — a sculpture, anyway.
Less than a mile away, the first reasonably intact dinosaur skeleton ever found was discovered in 1858 by William Parker Foulke. The New Jersey fossil was also the first dinosaur skeleton ever put on public display.
In modern times, a bronze, eight-foot-high, 15-foot-long statue of the prehistoric beast created by sculptor John Giannotti looms menacingly out from Lantern Lane, a pedestrian walkway in the center of town.
Steve Kuzma, an artist, photographer and musician, alternated between playing violin and guitar for passers-by in front of a stand he shared with his artist sister, Catherine Kuzma.
“I’m raising awareness and some money to send to hospitals in Ukraine,” he said between songs. He said he currently has a photo exhibit in Atlantic City and is a touring musician. Kuzma was born in Philadelphia and is of Ukrainian heritage.
The two-day outdoor festival, sponsored by Subaru, is held Saturday, July 9 from 11 am-7 pm and Sunday, July 10 from noon – 5 pm along the town’s main street, Kings Highway, between Washington Avenue and Haddon Avenue and along Tanner Street to Euclid Avenue and on Kings Court.
In 1993, Renaissance Craftables, a local family business, along with Haddonfield’s business community, came together to create the Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival as a way to promote artists and the Downtown. Over the last 27 years, the festival has increased the number of artists and has grown beyond the main stretch of Kings Highway to include Tanner Street and Kings Court.
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