SOMERVILLE, NJ – Dozens of talented artisans, craftsmen and photographers will display their original works of art, contemporary crafts and fine art along Main Street Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 4th annual Arts & Crafts Festival sponsored by the Somerville Business & Professional Association.
There will be original handmade works such as oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, decorative fiber works, metal works, paper, stone, garden works and more. This is a juried event.
Some exhibitors will be demonstrating their craft.
In previous years, the event has drawn thousands to historic downtown Somerville; more than 75 exhibitors are expected, as Main Street Somerville will be transformed into a broad pedestrian boulevard. Vehicular traffic will be detoured.
It’s a shoppers’ paradise, against a backdrop of specialty retailers and a smorgasbord of restaurants, many that offer open-air seating.
There will be live music in the entertainment area adjacent to Alfonso’s Restaurant at 99 West Main St. and a “hands on” free craft section for the children nearby.
Like a Jersey shore boardwalk or a carnival midway, Main Street will feature a variety of food vendors and food truck vendors serving gyros, chicken fingers, shish ka bob, fries, baklava, zeppolle, crab cakes, kettle corn, sausage sandwiches, cheese steaks, funnel cakes, pretzels and more.
“Because the event attracts people from throughout the state as well as New York and Pennsylvania, it’s a wonderful opportunity for residents, civic organizations and the business community to come together and promote the town, as well as enjoy the great buys, great food and great entertainment,” said Lorraine Sarra, SBPA president.
“We are a family-friendly destination. There’s no better way to spend the day than browsing up and down Main Street with friends and family,” Sarra said.
There is plenty of shoppers' parking located off of Bridge Street and West or East High Street and behind all of the stores along Main Street.