A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS: MAYFAIR, 2018

Precise prides itself on a staff of individuals who draw creative inspiration from a wide range of backgrounds and influences. The MayFair Festival of the Arts host an expansive appreciation for all forms of expression. It stands as a weekend reminder of the diversity and creative ingenuity that drives us, along with the rest of the Lehigh Valley.

More than 30 years of tradition meets artistic evolution at the MayFair Festival of the Arts, this year to be held at Cedar Crest College. Featuring more than 100 local artisans, visitors will find sculpture, fine art, photography, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, and more to admire and even take home the final weekend of May.

And don’t worry if your stomach starts a-rumbling; Pairing art and cuisine will be a breeze with the slew of food vendors making a temporary home on campus.

 

Beyond the Artist Market

Vendor hotspot aside, a variety of live performances promises to delight visitors. Bands from the rocking Lucky 7 to the rhythmic Go Go Gadget will grace the RCN and St. Luke’s stages, not to mention multiple shows from mainstays like the Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley. If supporting our community’s schools is your game, the Dieruff High School Jazz Band will even be making an appearance.

For crowds with more than a musical inclination, Queen’s English will roam the Artist Market grounds for laughs. The Civic Theater will even be presenting Shrek Jr. You can find a handy schedule on the Cedar Crest College website for all the weekend’s performances, prepped and ready for your eager perusal.

A Cedar Crest Exclusive

As if art, music, theater, and food weren’t enough, the William F. Curtis Arboretum offers an experience unique to this year’s host. Arboretum walking tours will be given to the first 50 people to register each day. These tours will be given at the competitive price of $0 per entry. The campus arboretum boasts more than 150 tree species from around the world. Tours focus attention on the role of trees in both the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania’s history and environments. With immersion in nature providing a tried and true connection to creativity and artistic inspiration, it’s an event that offers much to casual artists and professionals alike.

And where would we be without our youth?

For our fellow worker bees looking for family fun in the spring, here’s one last tip: Keep those creative juices flowing with the whole family by taking advantage of Franki’s Fun Zone for Kids and the Kids’ Art Tent. For those unfamiliar, Franki stands as the official mascot of Cedar Crest College Athletics. He’s bringing inflatables, arts and crafts, pony rides, a rock wall, and more to the Lehigh Valley’s doorstep. Meanwhile, the Allentown’s very own Baum School of Arts will host kid projects Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 27th.

Don’t forget, all this entertainment, not to mention all the inspiration sure to follow you back to work on Monday, is free. So why miss it? I know I’ll be there.