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May 8, 2013

MayFest & WineFest to be held May 18 in Mifflinburg

MIFFLINBURG — There’s something for everyone at this year’s MayFest and WineFest from food, historic demonstrations, art works for sale, arts and crafts, food, free music, a special children’s concert, a Maypole, children’s activities and nine wineries. There are lots of fun activities happening at this year’s MayFest and WineFest on May 18 plus a flurry of activities at the Elias Center for the Performing Arts.

MayFest is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be held on Quarry Road from Fourth to Sixth streets and Fifth Street from Quarry to Green. The roads will be closed except for resident and vendor traffic to ensure pedestrian and visitor safety. MayFest is a joint project among MHRA, the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum and the Gutelius House (PMI).  There will be food vendors and craft vendors throughout the area. All of the art and craft vendors produce handmade articles such as pottery, jewelry, book purses, lathe turned art and utensils, contemporary wall quilts, quilted items, handmade wine racks, wine jelly, and more. A number of food vendors will be there serving french fries, hot dogs, bratwurst, cheesesteaks, gyros, sausage, and other goodies. There will also be several local school and nonprofit groups conducting fundraising events such as bake sales, cookie decorating, face painting, games for children and candy sales.

The Maypole will be up and available for groups or people to grab a ribbon and dance around it at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. A caricature artist will be at the corner of Fifth and Green streets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the side of the Weirick House, Karen Nogle and Mark Tomeo will be performing from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Black Tie will roam the festival area singing madrigals from noon to 1:30 p.m. Rocky’s Revival, a Beatles cover group, will perform from 3 to 3:50 p.m. outside the Weirick House. At 4 p.m., Bev Conrad will roam the festival area performing traditional fiddle music.  

The Gutelius House will be open and hosting an exhibit of Gutelius family photographs so people can learn about the importance of the Gutelius family to the history of Mifflinburg and Union County. There will also be an artisan selling hand painted picture frames while the PMI members will be selling french fries as a fundraiser.

The Mifflinburg Buggy Museum will be open and welcoming visitors with tours of the historic buildings offered at a reduced admission rate of $5 for adults and children under 16 years of age free. There will be demonstrators on the museum grounds including blacksmithing, chair caning, needleworking and Isaac Reiff from the Vicksburg Buggy Shop will be in the factory doing a striping demonstration. Buggy rides will be offered throughout the day starting from the Heiss Coach Works (buggy factory) on Quarry Road. The cost for buggy rides is $4 for adults and $2 for children.  New this year are a “hands-on” 18th century activities for children.

A special children’s concert will be held at the Elias Center for the Performing Arts at 1:30 p.m. featuring Grammy and Emmy award winning children’s author and musician, Barry Louis Polisar. Songs include titles such as “All I Want Is You” from the film Juno, “My Brother Thinks He’s a Banana”, “I Miss My Grandma”, “He Eats Asparagus, Why Can’t You Be that Way”, and “Mom Said ‘No’, I Said ‘Why?’”. Tickets are $11 for this special treat and seating is limited due to the size of the venue to 150. Tickets are available at or  

And then there’s the WineFest. Nine wineries will be present for your tasting pleasures including Shade Mountain, Red Shale, Armstrong, Naylor, West Hanover, Bastress Mountain, Seven Mountains, Sandcastle, and Benigna’s Creek. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. ID’s are required for ticket purchase/entrance. Paid attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass and must have both a wristband and wine glass to be served samples. There will also be a wine check area for those who purchase wine but don’t want to haul it around all day. The wine purchases can be checked in and then picked up at the purchaser’s convenience. And what goes better with wine than bread and cheese? MHRA will be selling baguette, cheese and fruit platters to accompany the wine. The WineFest site is on the grassy area adjacent to the Elias Center for the Performing Arts on Quarry Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Plein Air artists will be painting throughout town in the outdoors all week prior to MayFest and on that day. Their works will be displayed at the Elias Center for the Performing Arts and will be available for sale throughout the day.  

Sponsored by MHRA, proceeds benefit the historic preservation efforts and historic property maintenance including the Elias Center for the Performing Arts, The Weirick House and the little log house and the business assistance and revitalization work. For more information on MHRA or the MayFest and WineFest,  go to or call (570) 966-1666 or 966-0888 or email


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