INFORMATION FOR CALENDARS/SCHEDULES
47th Annual Mt. Gretna Art Show, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday, August 21 and 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday, August 22, Downtown Mt. Gretna. 160 artists. Admission fee of $12 for those 12 and over; free for under 12. Free parking.
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For further information: 717 964-3270. Please call for a complimentary ticket if you wish to cover the Art Show.
47th Annual Mount Gretna Art Show – August 21-22, 2021
MT. GRETNA – Preparations are underway for the 47th annual Mount Gretna Art Show, to be held Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 2021, on the streets and in the parks of Mt. Gretna. Show hours are 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday, rain or shine.
Held on the historic grounds Pennsylvania Chautauqua, the Art Show is consistently ranked highly by artists’ trade publications. The show was ranked in the 200 Best nationwide over the last decade by Sunshine Artist. “We are thrilled to bring the traditional Art Show back to our community. We are grateful for the guidance and support from our community health and emergency services leaders who have advised the committee on the safest ways to host our event. The outdoor Art Show will bring fantastic art, food, and music under the trees of Old Chautauqua once again,” said Art Show Director Kerry Royer.
The Mt. Gretna Art Show features fine artists and craftsmen from throughout the country. This year’s show will feature 160 exhibitors, as well as an “Emerging Artists” area for talented artists who have not exhibited previously and are thought to deserve a wider audience. The Emerging Artists are sponsored by a grant from the Mount Gretna United Methodist Church to support the arts.
The Kids Art Show, created with family in mind, is scheduled for both days. Held at the Chautauqua Playground, children will be invited to participate in make-and-take art activities, a scavenger hunt, spin art, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Parking will be at Soldiers Field on Timber Road, in Mount Gretna, (the fields near the lake) and shuttle service will be available from dedicated parking compliments of WellSpan Philhaven hospital. Emergency Services are sponsored in part by a grant from the Lebanon County Commissioners.
Upon arrival, patrons will be directed to the appropriate parking area. The Mount Gretna Volunteer Fire Company will provide shuttle service for handicapped visitors. During the Art Show weekend, traffic flow in and out of Mt. Gretna is substantially altered. Route 117 will be closed during show hours. All routes are clearly marked and staffed.
The Art Show features a gourmet food court with outstanding local restaurants and caterers, including Urban Olive, Hess’s Barbecue Catering, Gosia’s Pierogies, What If … Hershey, and The Hershey Pantry. The Mount Gretna Craft Brewery will offer craft beer and wine in the Hall of Philosophy during the show. Local restaurants, The Jigger Shop, Porch & Pantry, Mt. Gretna Pizzeria, Mt. Gretna Hide-A-Way and Timbers Dinner Theatre, will also be open.
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE on the stage by the Food Court
Saturday, August 21st
11 am – 1 pm: Andy Roberts Quartet featuring vibraphonist Tony Miceli, playing re-imagined arrangements of contemporary hits and original music.
1 – 3 pm: Paul Colombo Group. The jazz/rock guitarist promoting his latest album, Rio Crystal.
Sunday, August 22nd
11 am – 1 pm: Ken Gehret Quartet. The renowned fiddler and guitarist playing bluegrass and New Orleans style jazz.
1 – 3 pm: Electric guitar virtuoso Trey Alexander and his band playing instrumental rock and original music.
Proceeds from the Art Show are used to support cultural programs of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua and to maintain the Chautauqua’s historic buildings and grounds. The show also contributes substantially to the Mt. Gretna Volunteer Fire Company and funds a variety of community projects throughout Mt. Gretna.
The Art Show has an admission charge of $12 for adults and is free for children under 12. The admission fee includes parking in designated parking locations. Please note that no pets permitted on the Art Show grounds.
Mt. Gretna is a small Victorian community founded in the late 1800s as a summer resort. Initially, the only way for residents to reach their cottages in the woods was to travel by train. The streets in Mt. Gretna were footpaths until automobiles became the regular mode of travel. Many of the original cottages surround the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, an open-air theater where numerous cultural events are held. The quaint atmosphere attracts many visitors every summer for music, theater, miniature golf, a walk in the woods, a ride on the rail-trail, a hike to Governor Dick (an observation tower on top of the mountain), a visit to the Jigger Shop (a local ice cream parlor), and of course, the Art Show!
Volunteers from throughout the community help visitors find their way and keep things running smoothly. The Art Show is made possible by a small army of more than 200 volunteers who work throughout the year to ensure each show surpasses the previous one. Special thanks to immediate past chair Linda Bell and Director of Public Works Bill Care who help to make the complex planning of this event come to fruition.
For additional information, including images of the artists’ work, posters, puzzles and admission tickets, as well as directions to the show, visit the Art Show website at http://www.mtgretnaarts.com. Mt. Gretna is located on Pennsylvania Route 117 approximately three miles north of Exit 266 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike; seven miles south of Lebanon; 15 miles east of Hershey; or 20 miles north of Lancaster. GPS address is 101 Chautauqua Drive, Mt. Gretna, PA, 17064.