By Heather Killen
Tupperville’s annual Art Show and Sale is taking place on July 28 at the community hall while a few doors down, the museum is hosting its annual Ice Cream Festival.
Ellen Ruggles-Bent said she expects about 15 area mixed media artists to participate in this year’s show and sale that includes photography, textile art, and fine art. Trudi Inglis, Sharon Babier, Doug Parks, Peter Smith, and Cluney Mahar are among the artists featured this year. Mary Wills, the lavender lady, is also setting up shop to offer her assortment of lavender products.
The Women’s Institute will be selling lemonade and iced tea as a small fundraiser, but otherwise admission to this event is free. All proceeds generated by the art sales will go directly to the artists, she said.
About 100 people attended last year’s event, which managed to be a fairly successful year despite the bad weather that knocked out electricity, she said. The idea behind the event started several years ago, when various members of her family joked they should put their work together and have a show, according to Ruggles-Bent.
But the idea quickly blossomed into a community event when they realized how many talented artists lived within the community.
“The artists return year after year,” she said. “It’s a fun get together for everyone. The people that go enjoy it and those who miss it always wish they’d gone.”
The Art Show and Sale takes place at the Community Hall from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., while the Tupperville School Museum’s annual Ice Cream Social takes place from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring ice cream making demonstration, children's games, barbecue, music, and lots of homemade ice cream.
The ice cream festival has been a popular event since 1973 and any proceeds go to the Tupperville School Museum. The Tupperville School Museum is located at 2663 Highway 201.