Arts & Drafts Fest at the Brewerie at Union Station

By Julie Caldwell

This weekend, Thursday March 6th through Saturday March 8th, The Brewerie at Union Station located atartsdrafts2014 123 W 14th St, will host Erie’s favorite independent arts and music festival.

The Arts and Drafts Fest 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.

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.

Now celebrating its 12th Bi-Annual 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.

As shining examples of how much diversity and truly world-class musicianship we have right here in our own backyard, this event will include musical artists Jake Johns, Tyler Smilo, East Clintwood & the New Morning Sunrise, Justin Moyer, Sean P. Clark, Chris Beiswanger, Optimistic Apocalypse, Sean Patrick and the New Grass Revolution, The Mighty Sea, Tony Kellogg, Colette Bone, Potwhole, Wall Bridge, East Ave, and Heather DeVore.

Since its inaugural event, the Arts & Drafts Fest has been hosted by the Brewerie in the historic Union Station building in downtown Erie.

Among all of the bits of distinctive history that Union Station can boast about is that during his 1st campaign for presidency Franklin D. Roosevelt made a whistle stop in Erie at the station, in 1948 President Harry Truman also came through the station, making visits in the early 50’s were baseball’s legend Babe Ruth and Heavyweight Boxing Champ Jack Dempsey who spent about an hour in the Union Depot.

More recently, in 2008, ABC’s Good Morning America team made a visit to the station. The morning show was on a whistle stop tour of 50 states in 50 days.

Now as the home Erie’s finest brewer of handcrafted ales, with a one of a kind menu of outstanding food and fantastic service and a 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.

For more information of the Arts & Drafts Fest, band line up and showing artists, please visit the Facebook Event Page.