by Kate Nixon
Fall has officially started — and for those of you in East Aurora, get ready to celebrate with the Roycroft Campus! The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of autumn will be in full force in the Roycroft Campus Fall Festival, this weekend September 29th & 30th from 10 am to 5 pm on the Roycroft Campus. Located in the heart of small-town East Aurora, the event – free and open to the public – features over 60 artists, antique vendors and community groups. This year will see some new additions to the festival — fresh local produce, meat products, maple syrup and pumpkins, along with tastings from local breweries, wineries and distilleries.
“The Campus will be all dressed up for the season, and we’re adding some old-fashioned games for kids too.” – Alan Nowicki, Program Director of the Roycroft Campus
Other highlights include: animals from Thistle Creek Alpacas and Wild Spirit Education; kids activities; a mosaic community project and printmaking demos; food/beverage vendors and trucks; and gourmet popcorn. A special teaser story-telling session will be provided by East Aurora’s own Mason Winfield of Haunted History Ghost Walks, and live music will be happening throughout the weekend courtesy of Deja2, Noah Moses and The Buffalo Ukulele Club.
“With the success of last year’s Fall Art Show, we decided to expand our offerings making the event more of a festival,” says Alan Nowicki, Program Director of the Roycroft Campus. “The Campus will be all dressed up for the season, and we’re adding some old-fashioned games for kids too.”
As always during your Campus visit, make sure to stop by the Copper Shop Gallery which features the work of over 100 local, national and international artists as well as a variety of unique gifts and home décor. The M&T Bank Visitor Center at the Power House will also be open all weekend, featuring the works of Juliarose Triebes (textiles) and Keith Wiesinger (furniture) in the Neil and Barbara Chur Family Gallery on the second floor. The Campus’ Museum will be open with discounted admission, and don’t forget to check out the Print Shop Artist Studio Wing, and the Furniture Shop which houses antiques and additional art shops.
The Fall Festival will run 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, and is free and open to the public.
For further information on this and other events on the Roycroft Campus, please call (716) 655-0261, 7 days a week from 10 am – 5 pm or visit www.roycroftcampuscorp.com.
The Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Roycroft Campus, a National Historic Landmark in East Aurora, New York. From 1895 to 1938, the Roycroft Campus was one of the most successful and well-known components of the Arts & Crafts Movement in the United States, consisting of a community of over 500 artisans and craftspeople led by writer and charismatic leader, Elbert Hubbard. The RCC’s mission is to inspire visitors to experience the creativity, ideals and future of the Arts & Crafts Movement and to further promote and preserve the Roycroft Campus.