On Saturday, May 19th, the Perkins Center for the Arts will host Handcrafted ,an event celebrating local artistry with craft beer, food truck faire, and live musical performances. In previous years, New Jersey laws prohibited home breweries from selling their beers, limiting the amount of people able to enjoy local handcrafted alcohol.  After changes to the law took effect, the Perkins Center was inspired to hold an event that introduces locals to New Jersey’s beer craft.

Handcrafted is  a celebration meant to support New Jersey craft beer culture and the many factions of creativity that occur at Perkins. The event showcases inner creativity of artisans.  Executive Director, Karen Chigounis states, “The creativity doesn’t just happen on a canvas… It happens in the kitchen. It happens in your writing… It happens if we make room.   We should be the ones making room to celebrate creativity.”

In previous years, attendees of the event participated in activities such as making  jewelry and mixing their own drinks. This hands-on aspect establishes  an experience for visitors to explore their artistic talents.  Associate Director, Diane Felcyn says,  “The idea is that everyone is born with an instinct or need to make. It is the way that you expand that act of making that turns it into the art form, whether you are a visual artist, crafter, or artisan food practitioner.”  Be it through handcrafted beer, homemade grilled cheese sandwiches, or a painting on a canvas, Perkins aims to foster an environment where all forms of art and creativity are celebrated.

Handcrafted creates that communal space for those who live near by and others who cruise a while to arrive.  Tom and Joan Leonard, live just a few blocks away.  Tom says, ”I like the event because it is a blend of art, music, food & fun.  Christa from Cinnaminson has been coming for over three years and takes the bus provided from Perkins Center in Moorestown.  “I like the exposure to the local wine and beer distilleries.  I was introduced to Sweet Lucy’s BBQ here, and now I often go over to dine at their restaurant in Philly.”

Of course, this year, favorite beer, wine and food artisans will be back.  Newly added to Handcrafted is a VIP Event with Candace Ryan, Wine Educator, and Sommelier.  She will host a Wine vs. Beer Tasting, featuring wine from local vineyards, beer from Tonewood Brewing and hors de’oeuvres from Roots catering.

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