Makers Festival 3.0 a Must-Do at Manahawkin Lake Park Saturday

Sep 12, 2017

The third annual Makers Festival comes to Manahawkin Lake Park this Saturday in celebration of the changing landscape of production and consumerism in America. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., more than 150 Makers will showcase and sell their wide-ranging wares, be they handcrafted or vintage, fine art or craft, sculpted, painted, carved, cut, woven, welded, sewn or strung.

Accompanying the art will be craft beer in the Breaker Biergarten, and a large variety of wholesome, healthful, tasty gastropub-style food items. The bandstand will see the talents of a choice lineup of live musical acts: Above the Moon, Dreadful Sea Shanties, Likeminded, Ty Mares, Sahara Moon, The Disfunction, Two Sixteen and Daniel Tigre. Rejuvenate the soul with some yoga or a hammock nap, or a moment of quiet contemplation in a teepee tent.

A new wrinkle in the Makers Fest makeup is the addition of last year’s Chowderfest champions Chicken of the Egg (white), Stefano’s (red) and Blue Water Café (creative) among the food vendors. Conversely, Merchants Mart on Sept. 30 will feature for the first time a MakeShift Row. Lori Pepenella of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce called it “a nice tie-in” for cross-promotion purposes.

“We’re just days away from this massive event that, three years ago, was an idea shared between friends. If not for the artisans, sponsors and community members that believed in us in 2015, there wouldn’t be the promise of this coming Saturday,” Dani Corso said. She along with fellow organizers Erin Buterick, Jeannine Errico, Brie Fagan, Dawn Simon, Jessie Temple are “beyond grateful to those who first said yes, and we are continuously honored to have the support that we have had since the event’s inception.”

“Our vendor lineup has expanded to include 25 more handmade and three more food vendors,” according to Buterick. “We are also really excited to see what Dawn Simon and Pete Sullivan from Swing Graphics / Breaker Zine come up with for the Breaker Biergarten. This is our third year, but I’m still as excited and nervous as ever.”

Errico echoed her excitement for the Breaker Biergarten. “I can’t wait to see Dawn Simon and Pete Sullivan’s vision come to life,” she said. Yoga instructor Crystal Froberg’s schedule of sessions will add great value to the festival, she added. “As always, I’m grateful for all the sponsor support and the trust of our vendors.”

Admission to the festival grounds is free; biergarten access is $10. Guests are encouraged to bring refillable bottles for the water station and reusable shopping totes.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit art scholarships at Southern Regional and Pinelands Regional high schools, Alliance for a Living Ocean and the Stafford Township Historical Society. —V.F.

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