Ridgeway ‘Opens Door to the Arts’

RIDGEWAY — Opening Doors to the Arts is the theme for the seventh annual Fairfield County Arts on the Ridge festival that will be held in downtown Ridgeway Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. The popular venue provides local artists, craftsmen and musicians the opportunity to display their creations and talent.

The weekend opens Friday evening with a Meet the Artists reception and art sale for the public at the Century House from 6-9 p.m. The evening will be filled with award presentations and recognitions including this year’s Friends of the Arts Award presented by the Fairfield County Arts Council.

An art walk will be held through the downtown area where many of the shops will feature art work and complimentary tastings of wine, cheese and other treats. Plus the shops will be stocked with spring merchandise for Mother’s Day and graduation gifts.

And there’s more fun on Saturday when the Century House opens at 10 a.m. with an art show and sale. The streets and the cotton yard will be filled with local artists and crafters selling their works of art. There will be musical performances and art demonstrations throughout the day as well as an authors’ roundtable discussion during the morning.

And when you tire of shopping and eating, take time out to relax on the Mayor’s shady front porch to listen to some old fashioned Front Porch Tales.

A special feature of this year’s festival is an exhibit of artwork by students from Fairfield and Blythewood area schools. The Fairfield Magnet students have created some especially colorful and unique paper mache items. The student art work will be on display in the Century House and is not only a must see, but will probably be a must buy.

For information about the festival, call the Town of Ridgeway at 803-337-2213 or go to www.ridgewaysc.org. Volunteers are still needed for both days and can contact Phyllis Guitteriz, the chair of the 2013 Arts on the Ridge, at the Town phone and email contacts.

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