Folk Art Guild in Middlesex Hosts Open House and Apple Festival

The varied and unpredictable color on each of these three mugs comes from the wood firing process. There is a new wood fire kiln at the Folk Art Guild in Middlesex that the Guild potters are using to produce unique effects on their ware. Tours of the workshops and studios at the Open House and Apple Festival, October 10 and 11, are possible, as well as sampling live music and a delicious lunch.

The Folk Art Guild will kick off the Fall craft season by hosting its annual Open House and Apple Festival on Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This unique celebration of local art, food, and music takes place at the Guild, 1445 Upper Hill Road in Middlesex.

This free event offers a variety of activities ranging from live local music, cider pressing, artist demos, a homegrown farm lunch, fresh baked artisan breads, and tours of the workshops and orchards. Organic fruit grown at the Guild will be available for tasting and for sale, and there will be fun apple activities for children.

Afternoons will feature live music that appeals to a variety of tastes. Some of the musicians who will perform include The Stid Hill Stompers, Mike Joseph, Eli Carr, Susanna Rose, Haley Davis, and the Woodsy Boys. Alan Simon will also be playing tablas. Local vendors including the Sacheli’s Onion Jelly and Kneading Wellness Aromatherapy will also participate in this year's festivities.

The East Hill Gallery will be open all weekend, where you can see the work of Guild artists displayed together.

Admission is free, so bring your family and friends, and watch the leaves change colors at East Hill Farm. For directions visit

A not-for-profit arts community and educational institution, the Guild began its work in crafts almost 60 years ago.  Located for the last forty eight years on a 350-acre farm in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, the Guild has grown to receive worldwide recognition for its handcrafts which have found their place in museums, private collections, shops, and galleries through the United States and abroad.  The Guild also offers workshops for adults and conducts educational outreach programs for children.  Apprenticeships are available for adults and young people who are searching for a practical, hands-on approach to learning and living.  Working alongside experienced master craftspeople, apprentices learn proficiency in a craft and how to live alongside others in a community setting.

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