The 20th Anniversary Arts and Music Festival will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 11:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer, NJ.
The Festival is an annual event that attracts thousands of visitors to Appel Farm's scenic country venue in Salem County on the first weekend in June. It is easily one of the top events of the summer season in the Philadelphia / South Jersey area.
More Than Just MusicIn addition to some great music that is presented on the Festival's two stages, there are also opportunities for over 50 arts and craft artisans to display and sell their creations, and for children to participate in the Children's Village with art & crafts projects and performances by storytellers, jugglers and puppeteers.
Food vendors will be on hand to satisfy concert-goer's taste buds with ethnic and all-American specialties. Vegetarian and vegan items will be available.
Last Year's Festival
I attended the Festival in 2007 and it was one of the best events of its type that I've ever attended. The musical entertainment is top notch and the shopping at the Crafts Fair is wonderful with great deals to be found in a wide variety of arts. The children at last year's Festival clearly had a great time with the Bubble Guy, Tucker's Tales Puppet Theatre, storytellers and numerous arts & crafts activities which included themed coloring pages, button making, fan decorating, keychainn and necklace beading and mural painting.
You can view my photos of the 2007 Arts and Music Festival.
This Year's PerformersMusic performance take place on the Festival's two outdoor stages - the sunny Meadow Stage and the shaded Grove Stage. This year's lineup of artists includes: Grammy Award-winners Marc Cohn and They Might be Giants, acclaimed singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega, New Jersey-bred rock group The Smithereens, folk musician Lucy Kaplansky, Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis, folk trio Red Molly and the acoustic-cello rock group Alfred James Band.
Also in attendance will be pianist/singer/songwriter Vienna Teng, young rocker Matt Duke, violin-vocal phenomenon Christina Courtin and the jazz-infused socially conscious songs of Nicole Reynolds.
Appel Farm Wins State AwardAt the Governor's Conference on Tourism, held at the Trump Marina in Atlantic City in April, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center was honored with an Award for Tourism Excellence. The Festival was cited for " its strong social conscience and artistic integrity that highlights both established and emerging artists and musicians, reminding visitors of New Jersey's extensive, illustrious musical history."
Special "20" CelebrationTo help celebrate 20 years of bringing exceptional music and artists to southern New Jersey, Appel Farm will be offering free admission on the day of the Festival to:
- All concert-goers who are 20 years-old
- Patrons who are celebrating a 20th wedding anniversary on June 7 (Proof will be required for free admission)
Tickets and DirectionsTicket prices:
- $40 (adult), $35 (students, seniors and members of the armed services) May 31 - June 6, 2008
- $45 (adult), $40 (students, seniors and members of the armed services) June 7, 2008
- Children 12 and under are always admitted free of charge.
Patrons with hearing or speech disabilities may call TRS (800) 852-7899 or dial 711, and the Festival is accessible to patrons with disabilities.
Appel Farm Arts and Music Center is located at 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, NJ. It's 40 minutes from Philadelphia and Wilmington, and 2½ hours from New York City.
The Center's website has detailed directions on how to reach Appel Farm.