A season of abundance invites everyone to share. On Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, the Rochester Folk Art Guild will host its annual Fall Open House and Apple Festival from 11 AM to 5PM each day. This year’s Open House and Apple Festival will feature local vendors along with a homegrown Farm lunch and fresh baked artisan bread for sale, with wood, pottery, graphic arts, and weaving studio tours and demonstrations. Fresh organic sweet cider, pressed from just-picked apples throughout the day, will also be available for purchase, as will fresh pears and table grapes from the Guild’s orchards and vineyards.
New from the Woodshop this year are ceremonial vessels inspired by the Scottish quaich, a turned wooden bowl with carved handles used in a marriage ceremony. The Pottery studio will feature carved celadon porcelain, leaf-print work, and crackle glaze in a full range of functional stoneware pieces. Pottery classes for all ages, adults included, will be given both days, by talented local potter Mandy Ranck of Phelps. Clothing Design studio will show the magical results of eco-printing designs on silk. The leaf transfer process has been used to embellish women's tops, scarves, and eye pillows.
The East Hill Gallery, the Guild’s on-site sales shop displaying all of the Guild’s handwork, will be open for its regular weekend hours from 11AM to 5PM. An intriguing collection of books for all ages adds to the offerings. The vendors at the Apple Festival include Jay Freer of Geneva, a local stone fruit orchardist, who will be offering sales and tastings of his plum and cherry preserves, and Colleen Runner from Inspired Designs who uses antique barn wood, vintage tools, and found objects to make one-of-a-kind signs and whimsical sculptures.
The East Hill Gallery will be open all weekend, where you can see the work of Guild artists displayed together.
Admission is free both days, so bring your family and friends to witness the seasonal splendor and share some abundance. The Guild is known far and wide for its great food.