Fun with folk arts

Children making candles at last year’s Folk Arts Fair in Prescott (Photo courtesy of Sharlot Hall Museum)

Kids getting a bit restless? World beyond your house feeling a tad too warm? Wishing you’d spent the long weekend traveling instead of tackling chores? The fine folks in Prescott have a little something to take your mind off such troubles — the 39th annual Folk Arts Fair “Village of Traditions” taking place this weekend at the Sharlot Hall Museum. Think June 2 & 3 from 10-5pm both days.

While you’re there, check out the Phippen Museum. Their “Arizona’s Pioneering Women: Early Women Artists (1905-1945)” exhibition runs through July 8. Weekend hours are Sat. 10am-4pm and Sun. 1-4pm so you can easily enjoy both museums. Admission is $7 for adults, and kids under 12 get in free. Those of you who share my “more museums” mantra can explore three additional museums in Prescott while making the trip this weekend.

The Fort Whipple Museum, housed in a 1909 military officer’s quarters, exhibits medical instruments, Army weaponry, maps, photos, memoirs and more. Admission is by donation and it’s open Sat. 10am-4pm. The Smoki Museum, presenting a “Hopi Summer” exhibition through Aug 31, is open Sat. 10am-4pm and Sun. 1-4pm. Admission is $5/adults and children under 12 get in free. A children’s museum called “the spot” is open Sat. 1-5pm inside the Prescott Gateway Mall (admission is a whopping $3/person).

If musical performance is your thing, you’ll find it at both the Folk Arts Fair and the Blue Rose Theater — which presents “Ted Ramirez in Concert” Sat., June 2. Musical performers for the Folk Arts Fair include Az It Was, Barbara Swanberg, Susan Bailey Smith and Sistah Mary Grace.

Folks who attend the fair on Saturday can enjoy dance performance by a local Irish group. Other fair festivities this weekend include roping, tatting, sheep sheering and quilting demonstrations. Also millinery (hat making) lessons, old-time children’s games and hands-on activities for kids. Think making candles and corn husk dolls.

During the fair, the Sharlot Hall Museum campus will be transformed into “a 19th century Arizona village” featuring several themed districts — animal, clothing, craft, food, folk women and folk men. Living history types donning period garb will be on hand to share practices of times past in Arizona. Daily admission is $5 for adults ($3 for museum members). It’s free for those under age 18. Click here to learn more.

— Lynn

Note: Always confirm event/location details before attending, and remember that all sorts of family-friendly events are described in print and online editions of the Raising Arizona Kids calendar.

Coming up: A couple of crafty chicks, Fun finds for Father’s Day

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