By Julie Caldwell
This weekend, September 6th through Saturday September 8th, The Brewerie at Union Station located at 123 W 14th St, will host Erie’s favorite independent arts and music festival, the Arts and Drafts Fest.Brewing Arts
Biannually this event gives the Erie community a chance to experience a distinctive look at a number of the region’s most exceptionally talented artists and musicians over the course of the entire event.
The Arts & Drafts Fest is held at the Brewerie at Union Station and is one of the most fantastic three-day music & art festivals, featuring a slew of the best local artists and musical performers, showing their work and pounding the sounds, throughout the event.
Founded by Drew Kaufmann, the Arts & Drafts Fest is designed to offer artists and musicians alike, the opportunity to platform their talent and their work for the Erie community to not only enjoy, but as an event the People of Erie can actively participate in as well.
Amanda Ferguson has put a stronger focus on the artists of our community, and has devoted herself to not only the ever growing success of the event, but to the artists which are the life blood of the event and most especially our community as a whole.
With pure passion and resolute determination in what can be an overwhelming and sometimes frustrating process of event organizing, Ferguson continues to deliver one of the most exciting and artistically pure events offered in our area.
As shining examples of how much diversity and truly world-class musicianship we have right here in our own backyard, this event will include 15 musical artists J. Thomas, Teddy Rankin, Adam McKillip, Clever Norman, Claire Stuczynski Band, Brooke Surgener, Shadow Tribe, Josh Travis, Seann P Clark and Friends, Cult Classics, Six Year Stretch, Jonathan Nolan, Jesse Michael, Fred Oakman and the Flood, The New Morning Sunrise, and TK Blues Co.
This year’s event will include works from 70 local artists Elisa Abercrombie, Andrew John Adams, Jason Amatangelo, Aylna Amatangelo, Austin Amatangelo, Douglas Bailey, Kirsten Bole, Kelsie Bulger, Jessica Callerder, Patrick Catalde, Jennifer Christina, Erin Dakas, Victoria Dempsey, Destiny L Dombrowski, Evan K Everhart, Kerrie Fargiorgio, Eric Fargiorgio, Jared Faulkner, Collen E Flatley, Austin Fiedler, Fred Fiedler, Derick Fiedler, Emily Freimuth, Jess Gabbard, Kevin Gates, Andrew Germain, Roman Glass, Amy Zuck Gaughan, Leslie Fiolek Hess, Debra Hinz, Roxann Marie Hudock, Elise von Hurler, Danial Irving, Robert Jensen, Jessica Kimmel, Joe Kodba, Craig Krugger, Mark Leffingwell, Katie LeVan, Vance Lupher, Caitlin Maloney, Johnny Matters, Ryan Matters, Patricia Mazza, Jared McCaly, Joe Merski, Shaina R Michael, Emily Miller, Noah Moraski, Vicki Newell, Andrew Newton, Jocelyn Olin, Fran O’Neal, Philip D. Orinko, Kaitlyn Page, Luke Powers, Casey Rand, Cassie Resta, Kris Risto, Nikki Rossa, Matter Rose, Jess Scutella, Andrew Sontheimer, Mckenzie Lee Sprague, Matthew Blake Steger, Brit Soule, Jennifer Terry, Bryan Toy, Dylan Vanord, Amanda Voricci, Derrick Voricci, Robert Weber, Das Wicklenstein, and Sarah Wilkerson.
Since its inaugural event, the Arts & Drafts Fest has been hosted by the Brewerie in the historic Union Station building in downtown Erie.
Now as the home of Erie’s finest brewer of handcrafted ales, with a one of a kind menu of outstanding food and fantastic service and a historic charm that is truly second to none in the City, the Brewerie at Union Station has dedicated their brewery to those who came before them so that they may be here now.
The Brewerie at Union Station offers their customers more than just a great dining experience, they serve up much more than just tasty treats that come in all shapes, sizes and flavors, they offer each patron that real hometown goodness that comes from a love of people, of food and of brewing, delivering it all with a smile every time.
For an opportunity to check out and even purchase some great art, hear amazing music by phenomenal musicians, please stop by this year’s Arts & Drafts Fest, the hottest spot in town this weekend and the best time you can have in one weekend.
This year’s festival of art and music is open from Noon until Midnight each day, and is open to all ages from 11:30- 8pm each day with no cover charge. The event turns into a 21 years of age and older show each day after 8pm with a $3 cover.
For more information of the Arts & Drafts Fest, band line up and showing artists, please visit the Facebook Event Page.