For the past 40 years the Aspasians Art & Craft Fair has been held rain or shine in Rockwall. The very first fair was held in the Brookshires parking lot and raised $100. Now located at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, it has grown to over 200 vendors selling everything from jewelry, gifts and home goods to food, fine art and trendy apparel. The success of the bi-annual fair has enabled the Aspasians to award over $40,000 in scholarship money to deserving Rockwall and Rockwall Heath graduating seniors each year.
Twice a year twenty-four blocks of 6th Street are transformed into The Pecan Street Festival. Featuring over 300 artists and original artisans, three stages of live music, a wide variety of ethnic and regional food, children’s workshops, a petting zoo, magic shows, title sponsors, interactive installments, and so much more; there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Bring the family, bring the dog, love Austin, love Art.
Large two day Arts and Crafts show with a juried and non-juried section. Held the last weekend of June each year at the Louisiana Peach Festival in Ruston, LA. Beta Sigma Phi has been coordinating this show for over 30 years. Over 150 vendors from all over the South. More than 20,000 visitors attend the Louisiana Peach Festival each year.
The Pecan Street Festival is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the first Saturday & Sunday in May and the last Saturday & Sunday in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.
Forty one years ago, a wonderful supporter of the Shreveport Opera, Delton Harrison, decided on a whim to check out an advertised Christmas sale in a New York City hotel. What he found inspired him. The hotel had been transformed into a series of little shops sponsored by various stores in New York City. Harrison knew that the idea was too good to pass up and presented it to the Shreveport Opera as a way to raise money. What he didn’t know was that he along with our first chairman, Dorsey Bronson, were writing the first chapter of “Les Boutiques de Noel,” or the little shops of Christmas. This event has been held every year but one and continues to grow each year.