Amish Acres earns recognition; Wellfield Gardens shines on TV

The Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival is an annual favorite.
The Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival is an annual favorite.

 

By Terry T. Mark

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival wins national recognition

Sunshine Artist magazine has named the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival as 21st among the 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows, according to organizers on the Nappanee event.

The rankings are determined by votes from artists who rank the top 10 grossing shows they attended.

The Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival rose from a No. 56 ranking in 2016.

“Every show’s ranking is so weather dependent, particularly in August in Indiana,” said festival founder Richard Pletcher in a report published on GoshenNews.com. “The artists rank their shows based on their sales; our show has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the country.”

Pletcher said, “The increase in ranking is a testament to Elkhart County and the area’s ongoing economic recovery and their enthusiasm and support for the vendors’ creativity and creations.”

Another Nappanee festival could receive a state honor in voting that is going on. The Nappanee Apple Festival, which was Sept. 14-17, 2017,  is one of several festivals in the running for Best Fall Festival in Indiana. Voting closes Oct. 27; to vote, follow this link.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens shines under the TV lights

One of the most popular shows on local PBS station WNIT, Dinner and a Book, recently taped an episode at Wellfield Botanic Gardens.

 

Wellfield Botanic Gardens was the backdrop for a recent taping of WNIT's "Dinner and a Book."
Wellfield Botanic Gardens was the backdrop for a recent taping of WNIT’s “Dinner and a Book.”

 

The show’s host, Gail Martin, Wellfield executive director Eric Garton, and Quilt Gardens project manager Sonya Nash came together to create a delicious meal based on the colors and flowers in Wellfield’s Quilt Garden as well as the history of the quilt pattern that the Quilt Garden is based on.

Together, they discussed all of the components of the Quilt Garden as they had fun chatting, prepping and cooking. More details are expected to come on the air date and time of the episode as well as when it will be posted online.

By the numbers

40,000

Approximate number of Epic Art Adventure guides distributed by the ECCVB in 2017. The guides were very popular with people exploring all the Seward Johnson sculptures.

 

The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition drew thousands of visitors to Elkhart County in 2017.
The Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition drew thousands of visitors to Elkhart County in 2017.

Hot Takes: The Latest & the Greatest

  • The next Vibrant Communities speaker will be Dr. Katherine Loflin, an expert and consultant on placemaking who has been nicknamed the “City Doctor.” The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Crystal Ballroom, 410 S. Main St., Elkhart. REGISTER HERE
  • More Little BIG Idea Grants have been handed out on top of the first three. The most recent grant went to Nayo Ulloa of Goshen for the Encuentro in the Alley Latino arts festival. Another grant recipient, the Middlebury Pumpkin Race, is coming up in a couple weeks. Click here for more information on the micro-grant program intended to empower creative people and their ideas for events that have an impact far beyond its size.
  • Congratulations to two major projects which learned Sept. 22, 2017, that it will receive Regional Cities support from the South Bend-Elkhart Region’s Regional Development Authority. Goshen’s Millrace Multi-Use Pavilion will receive $300,000, while Wa-Nee’s Vision 2020 project will receive $100,000.

Comments are closed.