Harmony Weekend begins Saturday

HARRISVILLE – Harrisville Arts Council is celebrating its 40th Annual Harmony Weekend Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Harmony Weekend began with sponsorship by the Lady Lions and consisted of only six exhibitors at the Harrisville Harbor. Since then, the Harrisville Arts Council became a separate entity for planning and producing the annual Harmony Weekend and now offers more than 300 exhibitor booths.

“There will be lots of crafts by the craftsmakers including doll clothing, aprons, dresses, quilts, honey and fudge,” arts council President Judy Pyne said.

Pyne said there also would be art by painters, sculptors and pottery makers.

All art will be hand crafted by each exhibitor as specified on the exhibitor application that is carefully sorted and checked by the council.

“Fine artists will be here with lots of beautiful jewelry,” she said.

Judging of the exhibitor’s work will be completed on the first day of the show.

Music on the Hill will include performances by Sweet Adelines and barbershoppers in their annual reunion during Harmony Weekend. The groups will hold a more formal concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maria Hall.

An old-fashioned parade will occur at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

“There isn’t a theme but there will be several floats, antique cars and tractors and music. This year the grand marshal is Marlene Conklin. She was president of the arts and crafts show for many years,” Pyne said.

There is no admission charge to attend Harmony Weekend including the music events.

All money raised by the arts council is used to promote art in the community including the funds that allowed the Arts Council Building to be constructed. The building is used for art classes during the time the Harmony Weekend committee is not using the space. The arts council encourages visitors to stop by and view the local art work anytime a vehicle is present.

Art related events are encouraged to submit a letter to the council for funding consideration.

Food items available for purchase include both food truck vendors such as The Flattery, and nonprofit vendors such as the Hubbard Lake Neighborhood Watch Group and local fire departments.

“(Hubbard Lake Neighborhood Watch Group) serves strawberry shortcake which is popular,” Pyne said.

Exhibitors will be able to set up their booths Friday afternoon with the assistance of Harmony Weekend is located at the corner of M-72 and US 23 in Harrisville.

For further information visit www.harisvilleartscouncil.com or call 724-7197.

Paige Edwards can be reached via email at ptrisko@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Paige on Twitter @pt_alpenanews.