Celebrate all of the wonderful sights, scents and flavors of fall at the 12th Annual Fine Crafts Fall Festival, which takes place at Memorial Park — Main Street and Route 50 — in historic Mays Landing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Presented by the Mays Landing Merchants Association, this fun, family-friendly event will feature the many autumnal epicurean delights that enchant our senses every year.
There will be many traditional seasonal activities throughout the course of the day such as a hay toss, train rides, bouncy castles, live music and pumpkin painting. But there will also be some harvest hoopla such as two entertaining and interactive contests — one for best chili and another for most decorative scarecrow. And the more macabre members of your family will surely dig the “mummy wrap.”
An array of food vendors will be available to tempt your taste buds and fine crafts vendors will be showcasing and selling their unique wares all day long.
The party continues at night with “Celebrating Area Artists,” an evening dedicated to local multimedia creativity.
Phase two of the day’s events begins at Marcos Monteiro’s Studio (6066 Main Street) from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Peruse the original artworks by Master Painter Monteiro as well as those created by his many talented students. Paintings will be on sale for 20 percent off during this evening only.
Work your way down to Main Street American Cafe, 6002 Main Street, where Chef/Owner Richard Spurlock has a full plate planned — both literally and figuratively — that includes more local artwork, a poetry reading, a book signing, a CD release, live jazz and a specially designed menu until 9:30 p.m.
Join local poet Bill Benton as he shares his original poems straight out of his recently released book “Singing a New Song.” Benton’s poetry, which stems from his life experiences, expresses a distinct duality — a depth of soul and a lightness of spirit. The book will be available for purchase, at which time Benton will happily inscribe it for you.
Also, celebrate the release of Adelante’s new live CD, “Breathe Again.” This jazz trio is a master of free-form improvisation and will wow the audience with their musical inventiveness during a live performance all night long.
During all that festiveness, it will be time to gratify your hunger. And Chef Richard plans to “excite your palate, tickle your stomach and satisfy your soul” with his special menu of original, award-winning dishes served in honor of this occasion. Twenty dollars will get you dinner at this jumpin’, Cajun-inspired BYOB that recently won a “Best of the Press” Gold Award.
“We’re excited to bring together the tremendous and varied amount of talent found within our community in a variety of ways during this fall festival,” Spurlock says.
“It’s a terrific way to celebrate our neighborhood’s artists, musicians and poets — all while enjoying some outstanding local food.”