ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - August 21st will be a day full of fun, arts and crafts, live music, special food, and community celebration in Atlantic Highlands. That’s when the 38th annual Arts and Crafts Festival, one of the longest running in eastern New Jersey, will be held along First Avenue. Unique jewelry, watercolors, prints, ceramics, woodwork, fabric and floral displays, photographs, decorative and gift items, and other original artistic creations will be shown and sold by dozens of artists. Their works will be set out in Veterans Park opposite Borough Hall on First Avenue. Organized by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Festival runs between 10 a.m and 4 pm. The rain date is Sunday, August 22.
The event also includes a street fair on First Avenue where local businesses will be open. At spots along the avenue, some of the fabulous shops will promote their special products and services and hold street sales. You can stop in for lunch, snacks or dinner at one of the many restaurants along First Ave, or sample some chefs’ specialty menus at “tasting tables” on the street.
Also along the avenue community organizations will be present to meet and greet the public, offer handouts, advertise their programs and activities, and sign up volunteers. In one place you can learn about – for example – the town library, environmental events such as Waterfront Day, First Aid services, church programs, November election candidates and Arts Council activities.
A gift raffle will give you a chance to win valuable and interesting prizes. Music and entertainment will add to the day’s enjoyment. Guitarists will play and sing at two sites along the avenue, and the MTM Dance Factory will present a street show. There will also be face painting and other activities especially for children.
If you are interested in being an Arts and Crafts vendor offering only handmade items, spots are still available at $60 for a 10 by 10 space. Contact Ken Frantz of the Historical Society