BELLEFONTE – With Center County’s two most popular arts festivals canceled for the second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Titan Market has stepped up to fill the void.
The popular market, located at 2042 Axemann Road in Bellefonte, will host its first-ever arts festival today and Saturday July 10. The arts festival was designed by Titan Market founder Corinna Anskis.
“We had a few artisans who came to the market suggesting (that we have) an Arts Fest after the People’s Choice Festival was canceled,” Anskis explained.
Titan Market has become a popular destination for weekend shoppers. Vendors usually sell everything from local pickles, baked goods, housewares, arts, crafts and everything in between. This weekend’s arts festival will feature its regular lineup of vendors, as well as many artists, artisans and even live music.
According to Anskis, the response has been overwhelming.
“We had an excellent response and I think people in the community are delighted with it”, said Anskis.
And while there are a few other places in Center County that host alternate arts festivals this weekend, Anskis said Titan Market will stand out from the crowd. One of the things that makes it unique, she said, will be a âYoung Block Artist. “
âThe Young Artist Block gives our children the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works. Art is a wonderful way for our young people to express themselves. Thanks to Happy Valley Landscaping by Stauffer, we are also able to offer this special section free of charge to children. said Anskis.
Since Titan Market is indoors, the Festival of the Arts will be held this weekend, rain or shine.
âThe other thing that sets us apart from other festivals is that everything happens inside. So, no matter what the weather is like, people can come and enjoy the festival. And we have so many open spaces that it never seems crowded â, said Anskis.
There will be a lot of food vendors at the Arts Festival. Bellefusion will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, hoagies, chicken sandwiches, walking tacos as well as chicken and waffles. There will also be a nice selection of goodies – everything from fresh donuts, cookies, pies and homemade ice cream. And, of course, the popular Axemann Brewery is right next door for those who want a pint or a bite to eat before or after browsing the selection of artwork.
The arts festival won’t be Titan Market’s last event – by far. On July 31 there will be a party for the kids who participated in Titan’s “Summer reading program”. On the same day, local auctioneer Al Hamilton will hold an auction. On August 6 and 7, there will be an arts and crafts fair at the market. On Saturday August 14, Titan will host an auto show.
Overall, it’s shaping up to be a busy July and August, Anskis said.
âWe have a great mix of artisans, artisans, farmers and small businessesâ, said Anskis.
The Arts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.