MONTCLAIR, NJ- The Glen Ridge Avenue’s Arts & Music Festival was bustling with live entertainment and crowds of visitors on Saturday.
Craig Cornell owner of Diamond Cycle, who was proudly displaying his wood bicycle, said, “The bike is handcrafted out of white ash and black walnut. Eastern ash and black walnut trees come out of Montclair and are turned into lumber.”
James Owens from Mercer County had a line of children waiting to be candy clouded. Letrice Thomas told us they are perfect for catering, party favors and fundraising.
Meanwhile across the way, children reached for the delightful looking treats that turned out to be confections for dogs from the Grooming Gallery on Willow Street.
A couple manning a booth of felt items made from 100% designer wool, hand sewn into tabletop and home accessories.
Montclair’s Rachel Grochowski’s Architecture firm was responsible for the soft and renewable industrial grade felt napkin rings, runners and other home accessories.
Two young ladies who were first timers at the fair, Jillian and Elicia, said it was at the prompting of local business, Dolly Moo, that they brought their online presence out on the street today. Their handmade jewelry is normally sold at JTM Creations on Etsy but today they were, perhaps, hoping to delight mother’s day shoppers.
The fair also boasted street artist Rob Jelinski, a large bouncy slide, a henna booth, local artisans and many families enjoying a fun outdoor Saturday.
Despite the threat of rain, musicians were setting up stages both on Church Street and Glen Ridge Avenue, under the direction of Joanne Smalls who is also responsible for producing, booking, managing and advertising for Montclair Center Stage.
Montclair attracts a large number of musicians and diverse talent, and this afternoon A. Bird was the musician people were flocking to see. Other musicians were on the roster for this evening’s entertainment, such as Ryan Hobler, Bern and the Brights, Mongooch, and Brother Valiant.
Montclair is a destination in May with a month-long festival of art shows, concerts, fairs and markets, delighting both residents and visitors.