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Mayfair returns bigger and better to Cedar Crest College, Allentown

Mayfair Festival of the Arts returns to Cedar Crest College in Allentown for the Memorial Day Weekend to kick off summer with a free family festival full of activities, artists, performers and food vendors.

Mayfair promises much that is familiar from favorite area bands to popular foods, as well as some things that are new.

The festival will run 4 - 10 p.m. May 27 and noon - 10 p.m. May 28 - 29 on Cedar Crest’s tree-lined campus. There is free parking on-site.

Popular bands from prior years are returning to the Main Stage, including Philadelphia Funk Authority, Large Flowerheads, Jimmy and the Parrots, Go Go Gadjet and Sofa Kings.

New this year by audience request is country rock band Reservoir Hill.

Also new to the festival this year is CampConnecT1D, a free camp for children with Type 1 diabetes.

The camp, which runs 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 29 was created by Cedar Crest College School of Nursing to connect members of the Type 1 diabetes community in the Lehigh Valley with other families, allies, role models and resources.

The camp will feature games, crafts and an appearance by Mandy Marquardt, a Pro Track Cyclist for Team Novo Nordisk and USA Cycling National Team member who is diabetic. The camp will also feature Mitch and Carly Lenett from the Team Carly Rocks Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes fitness as a way to manage diabetes and a visit from Miss Pennsylvania Meghan Sinisi.

To register: type1dm@cedarcrest.edu

Mayfair will host an Artist Market featuring more crafts with 36 artists in Lee’s Hall and outdoors on the lawn, including nine artists in action who will demonstrate their work.

The artists offer a variety of handmade items, including jewelry, home décor, fine art, photography fabric art, resin tables, wood carving, candles and sign art.

Some highlights include quilted table runners, wall hangings, doll clothing, wood bowls, cutting boards and coasters by Beth & Dot’s Boutique; artisan soap and body care products by Noraa Body Love; fine photography by Amy’s Angle Nature Photography; sterling silver jewelry by Wellington Metal and Gem; wooden ornaments, vases, bowls and utensils by The Woolly Woodworker; macrame coasters, planters and wall hangings by Wild Honey and Gold; napkins, table runners and kitchen towels by Alphie and Ollie; gemstone jewelry by Skyseeds; gourmet wine slushy mixes by Nectar of the Vine; scented candles by LilyBean Cottage Scents; original oil paintings by Alley Arts, and jewelry made from gemstones, crystals, meteorites, fossils and minerals by Pam Smith Jewelry Design.

The festival has added more workshops, which organizers say have been a hit with festival-goers.

This year there are five workshops, including the popular fairy garden workshop.

New is a “Nature Photography Walk and Talk” workshop, 3 - 5 p.m. May 28.

Amy Langman, owner of Amy’s Angle Nature Photography, will lead photographers around the Cedar Crest campus to Cedar Creek Park and the Rose Garden. Those interested should meet in Lee’s Hall and wear comfortable footwear. The rain date is May 29.

Learn the art of fluid painting at the “Paint Pouring” workshop, 4 - 6 p.m. May 28, Harmon Hall.

Oneness Art Studio will lead attendees in paint-pouring techniques to complete two canvases. No artistic skills or painting experience required.

Discover the centuries-old Japanese form of garden art at the “Kokedama “ workshop, 1 - 2 p.m. May 29, Harmon Hall.

Similar to bonsai, Kokedama involves wrapping a plant’s roots in a ball of soil which is covered with moss and fixed to a platform, or suspended in the air with a string. Bring gloves since the workshop involves working with mud.

Bring your own beer and create a painting of poppy fields at the “Paint and Sip” workshop, 4 - 6 p.m. May 29, Harmon Hall.

Make a miniature fairy garden in a two-tier clay pot with Wee Folk Gardens at the “Fairy Garden” workshop, 1 - 2 p.m. May 28, Harmon Hall.

Workshops charge a fee and require advance registration.

LV Rocks will set up a rock-climbing wall for those looking for a physical challenge.

There will be plenty to eat with popular local food stands returning, including Bull and Bear Restaurant, Heaven On A Bun, Take a Taco, Puerto Rican Culture Association, Caribbean Island Cuisine and JR’s London Broil and E-Z Concessions.

Kettle corn, frozen banana whip, pie in an ice cream cone and shaved ice are some of the sweet treats that will be available from Ski’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Pie In A Cone, Merry Poppins Kettle Corn , Bananarama and Ce-Ce’s Lemonade.

There will be a selection of beer and wine from Franklin Hill Vineyards for purchase by those over 21.

There is no face mask requirement. Social distancing and hand washing will be encouraged.

To register for workshops: www.cedarcrest.edu/mayfair

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Artist Market, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, May 27-29, Cedar Crest College, Allentown
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Artist Market, Mayfair Festival of the Arts, May 27-29, Cedar Crest College, Allentown