Friday, September 19, 2008

Come Visit the Scituate Art Festival!!

OCTOBER 11th, 12th, 13th 10am-5pm

I have lived in Rhode Island all my life, and in my younger years always avoided the area of the Scituate Art Festival. The traffic was so heavy, bearly moved in fact and when you 18, 19, 20 you just have no patience for it.

Little did I know years later I would be part of this beautiful art festival. I am very fortunate to have a friend that lives just 3 houses from the main entrance that lets me set up on her front lawn. I don't know how people that sell jewelry there make any money as there are so many sellers. The fee is $250.00 for the three day event. They have everything from jewelry, woodwork, original art paintings, crafts of all sorts and antiques.
The food is great!! Doughboys, sausage and peppers, meatball sandwiches, candy apples and more!

Aside from the art festival here are a few other things to visit while here,

FOLIAGE TOURS Columbus Day weekend is a wonderful time to visit Scituate, with the Scituate Art Festival an added bonus. The fall foliage should be at or near peak, offering stunning foliage drives on country roads surrounding the Scituate Reservoir.
Start your loop of Scituate at the Route 116 intersection. Follow Route 14 out of Scituate and then turn left onto Route 12. This will take you across the Hope Dam. At Route 116 turn left, traveling north. At Route 14 turn right and retrace your drive back. You can access I-295 from Route 14.

HIKINGFor those who like to experience the great outdoors, the clean, crisp fall air offers an open invitation to picturesque walks. Scituate is home to a walking trail at Rockland Road. The one-mile scenic trail provides stunning vistas through wooded areas.

HORSEBACK RIDINGHorseback riding for all levels is available at Journey's End Farm on 326 Nipmuc Road (647-3537) and Winsor Farm on 11 Winsor Avenue (934-4458).

SHOP THE VILLAGEThe historic North Scituate Village is home to a unique blend of stores. Enjoy strolling the area's fine shops for some great finds.
The SCITUATE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH is the focal point of the town and the Scituate Art Festival. Located on the Village Green on Route 116, the 1831 church of Neo-classic design has been restored to showcase its historical features. During the Scituate Art Festival, the church is open for public tours and is well worth the time to look inside.

Another historic treasure in Scituate is the LAPHAM INSTITUTE, located on a crest between Route 6 and Route 116 and visible from the Village Green. Built in 1839, the Greek Revival building was originally home to the Smithville Seminary. At the time, it was one of the largest school buildings ever built in the town. In 1863, the building was named the Lapham Institute and then renamed the Watchman Institute. Over the years, the building became ill-kept and in disrepair. In the 1970s, an effort to repair and restore the structure was successful. Today, the building is home to Scituate Commons, an apartment complex. But the exterior, with its magnificent three-story columns, remains true to the original design.

For a look at a one story hip-roofed building with panel pilasters, visit the NORTH SCITUATE COMMUNITY HOUSE on the north side of Route 116. Built in1825, the building's most interesting architectural features are its two recessed entry porches with paneled square posts. The building also is crowned with a louvered, two-part belfry. The structure first served as the North Scituate Academy, before its use as a community center.
Please click on this link for directions to the Scituate Art Festival.


Ann said...

Oh, I wish I could go! You sell jewelry at a tent outside of the festival? That's pretty awesome.

Is it ok if I post a link to this blog entry on my blog?

shiborigirl said...

What a great looking festival! Good luck with your sales.


Hot Rocks said...

Wow, that fair looks awesome! I would love to go to that, just a bit too far away! Lol!!

Tashai said...

What a awesome way for you to "be in the art fair" sneaky. ;)
...$250.00 for entry? My goodness! If you didn't have that you'd have to sell some expensive items to make your weekend worth while with hotel, food, gas, etc.....

Italian Girl in Georgia ~ Suzanne MacCrone said...

Hi Terri,

It looks like a fabulous art fair and the weather that day was just gorgeous! I bet it's lots of fun setting up on your friend's front lawn ~ what a great way to get the buyers in the mood by starting with you!

Ciao amica,


Mermaid Treasures said...

Oh I went! Great fun!

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