Once again the Dutchess Fairgrounds play host to the Rhinebeck Arts Festival, a juried gathering of some 200 artisans – more than 50 of them from the Hudson Valley – for a two-day wallow in beautiful objects that blur the line between art and craftsmanship.
Live music from the Lindsey Webster Band, gourmet specialty foods, tastings from Hudson Valley distilleries and wineries, craft demonstrations, interactive experiences and family activities are on the menu as well. Among the artists demonstrating their skills will be marbled silk scarfmaker Patricia DiSantis, engraver/embosser Chong Lim and wooden pen-turner Don Hart. Kids can have hands-on fun at Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo, while grownups sample edgy chocolate- and chili-flavored wines from the Pazdar Winery.
Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, June 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, June 26. Tickets cost $10 general admission, $9 for seniors and $4 for children aged 6 to 16; kids under 6 years of age get in free. Parking is free. The Dutchess County Fairgrounds are located at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue (Route 9) in Rhinebeck. For more info on the Rhinebeck Arts Festival, including a full list of participating artists, visit www.artrider.com.