SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — A celebration of folk arts from around the world is the theme of the “Big, Wide, Wonderful World” festival Saturday at Lakeside High School.
Spokesman Maryann Jordan said, “People from the area who express themselves through the arts will fill the day with activities.”
The event takes place from noon to 7 p.m., with an arts and crafts fair, musicians, a food court, the Ashtabula County Brass Band and Erie Heights concert and Ashtabula County Choral Music Society.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children 6 to 12, with those under 6 getting in for free.
The arts and crafts fair will feature area artists demonstrating, displaying and selling their hand-made artistry which will include jewelry-making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, clay pot people, tatting, quilting, hand sewing, paper crafts and cards, hand-painted glass, drawings, ceramic pieces, goat milk soap, soy candles and more. The Finnish-American Heritage Association will also display ethnic costumers, art work and historical items.
A full-sized quilt created in a log cabin design and donated by Lori Overy of the American Quilt Shop at 588 Harbor St., Conneaut, will be raffled to benefit the Ashtabula County Choral Music Society. It will be on display at the fair, as will two white oak Adirondack chairs built by the Edgewood High School Industrial Arts Department. There is also a package donated by the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Tickets are available from Ashtabula County Choral Music Society members and at the festival.
Performances include: jazz duo of Kathryn Zetts (soprano saxophone) and Richard Sesco (flugelhorn) at noon; Celtic Union, featuring Irish and Scottish music at 12:30 p.m.; Bruce B. Blair, folk singer with guitar at 1:15 and 2:25; Stacy Sensky, performing on the hammered dulcimer at 3:45; Winds of the Lake recorder ensemble performing music for dancing, ballads and love songs from the Renaissance at 4:15 p.m.
The Ashtabula County Brass Band, directed by Joseph Tredent, will present a concert in the auditorium at 2 p.m. Afterward, Erie Heights Brass, led by Richard Sesco, will present a similar style of concert.
Folk songs from more than 20 countries or cultures will be sung by the county High School Youth Choir, under the direction of guest conductor Hae-Jong Lee of Youngstown State University and the Ashtabula County Choral Music Society Choirs, directed by Kathleen Milford.
Also performing is the Ashtabula County Chorale Music Society Youth vocal ensemble at 6:15 p.m., with the Chorale Society closing at 7:05 p.m.