Arts, Crafts and Food

abf-craftsSpread out in colorful booths all over the tree-shaded park and through the quaint streets of town, more than 200 vendors offer everything from traditional crafts and antiques to home canned goods and mountain cooking. There’s a farmer’s market section for locally grown and regional produce.  West Virginia wineries have their own tasting row.

Traditional and contemporary arts and crafts fill Berkeley Springs State Park. Just down the street, the Morgan Arts Council’s Ice House art center has a gallery exhibit and sale of one-of-a-kind items from the most popular artists in this nationally recognized art town. More than a dozen galleries, bookstores and gift shops along the park and main street join in the festivities with specials of their own.

Everyone eats at the Apple Butter Festival. There are sides of beef, whole hogs and thirty feet of grills packed with chicken-halves all roasted over open fires. Apple dumplings and funnel cakes lead the list of sweet tooth satisfiers. Pepperoni rolls, bean soup, country ham sandwiches and onion blooms are festival favorites too. More than half a dozen downtown restaurants have special treats to lure festival goers inside.

Click here for vendor information or call 1-800-447-8797.

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL MEMORABILIA

The producing Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce offers a line of festival wearables including tee shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and hats all bearing Apple Butter Festival logos. There are also “official” magnets featuring local scenes and a commemorative program — nearly 100 pages of photographs, history, feature stories and schedule of festival activities.   All are on sale beforehand at the Visitors Center and during the festival at the Apple Butter Festival “store” as you enter the park.

OFFICIAL APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL QUILT

Every year since 1978, a quilt is specially made to be chanced off as the final event of the festival on Sunday afternoon.  The quilt makes its debut each year in May at the annual Quilt Show and Sale at the Ice House.  Chances are available from then on.  On festival weekend, the quilt hangs at the entrance to the park and chances are sold for $1.

APPLE BUTTER QUILT SALUTES 40 YEARS

The “official” quilt for 2013’s Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs is the 22nd one stitched by Berkeley Springs fabric artist, Rika Bennett.  Responding to festival director Beth Curtin’s request for “something with apples” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the festival, Bennett created Apple Baskets.

The large, nearly seven foot square quilt is dominated by a dozen baskets filled with appliqued apples in various colors. Each basket square is different with a special feature ranging from a jar of apple butter to a friendly worm.  The basic palette of borders, background and pieced squares is comfortable and earthy.  Squares are covered with elaborate patterned quilt stitching.

“It’s the 36th year we’ve chanced off a locally created quilt,” said Curtin.  “Rika did her first quilt for the festival in 1983 and has done one every year since 1995.”

The 40th annual Apple Butter Festival fills the streets and park in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia on October 12 and 13 when thousands of people come to the tiny mountain town, many lining up to take a chance on Bennett’s quilt.  The quilt drawing is the final official activity of the festival late Sunday afternoon and always generates lots of interest.  “Some lucky person will go home very happy when they win this commemorative quilt filled with apples,” said Curtin.

The Apple Butter Quilt is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Premier Homes.  Until festival weekend, the quilt hangs on display at the Berkeley Springs Antique Mall where chances are available as well as at the Chamber of Commerce office.

For more information about Apple Butter Festival, contact:

Chamber of Commerce
127 Fairfax St.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
304-258-3738
chamber@berkeleysprings.com