082313 082313 34th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in Meredith this weekend (441 w/3 col arts festival) MeredithCraftFair pick a photo for 3 col.

MEREDITH — Arts and crafts enthusiasts will want to be in this community on Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25 as the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank presents the 34th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.

This event will transform the Main Street of the quaint lakeside village as well as the upper parking lot of the Mill Falls Marketplace into an out door art gallery featuring the works of more than 70 painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters. Spectators will be impressed with the variety and quality of exhibits this Festival has to offer.

Booths will include wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather projects, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors. All items are original creations and the artists and craftsmen will be available throughout the weekend to meet and converse with customers. Over the years, the Festival has gained a solid reputation among New England arts and craftsmen and is the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area.

Live music will fill the air for those walking through the Festival. Performing at this year's event on both Saturday and Sunday will be Marc Elbaum and Christine Chaisson who will play jazz, classic rock and great American songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Simplicity The Clown will entertain the younger fairgoers as well as adults on Saturday with comedy magic and balloon entertainment. Phil and Janet Sanguedolce as well as Ray Porcell will round out the Saturday entertainment with Classic Folk and Rock.

Sunday's entertainment will feature songs from the Great American Songbook and at 11 a.m. Christine Chaisson will entertain with Kindermusik. During the afternoon from noon time until 2 p.m. an added attraction, the twenty piece Lakes Region Big Band, with a repertoire ranging from the swinging standards of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to contemporary charts by Gordon Goodwin, will delight the crowd. The Lakes Region Big Band embraces everything one would expect from a big band.

Culinary delights and tasty treats will be available from the Meredith Kiwanis Club, the Chocorua Lodge of Masons, and the Sno Streakers. Featured will be the popular sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, soda, homemade pies and ice cream, and sno cones.

Free shuttle bus service will be available from both the north and south sides of Route 3 and will run continuously both days. Admission is free and for more detailed information contact the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-279-6121.



Stained glass will be among the many arts and crafts at the 34th annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. (Courtesy photo)