Cape Cod arts & crafts: from one-of-a-kind works to delectable dips

Mashpee Summer Arts & Craft Festival to feature 75 juried craftspeople Aug. 1 & 2
Painter Frances Henderson will be one of the featured artists at the Mashpee Summer Arts & Craft Festival August 1 & 2. Castleberry Fairs photo.

The Mashpee Summer Arts & Craft Festival will be held at the Mashpee Public Library Commons in Mashpee this coming weekend, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. This fourth annual festival is presented by Castleberry Fairs and features more than 75 juried artisans and craftspeople.

Today, "arts and craft" covers a vast array of media including the expected-- painting and sculpture, photography and jewelry, pottery and floral arrangements--and the unexpected--fiber arts, one-of-a-kind handbags, blown glass, wood, metal and leather works and custom signs. Festival goers will also be thrilled to find handmade soaps, headbands and other hair art, home decor, house flags,furniture, folk toys and doll clothes.

All works are American made, many are one-of-a-kind.

The Mashpee Summer Arts & Craft Festival is truly a place for all the arts.  Authors will be on hand to sign their books and musicians will be there providing a theme for the occasion. Today's arts & craft festivals share something with farmers markets. Handmade works are complimented by homemade treats and specialty foods from dips and dressings to honey and jellies (be sure to save room for samples).

The festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Mashpee Summer Arts & Craft Festival is a fundraiser for the Mashpee Public Library. 

Admission to the show is free, as is parking. Even friendly pets on leashes are welcomed. 

Castleberry Fairs presents some of the largest and best attended arts and crafts festivals on Cape Cod and across New England. Upcoming local shows include the Hyannis Late Summer Arts & Craft Festival on August 22 & 23, the Kill Tide Arts & Craft Festival in Brewster on August 29 & 30 and the Labor Day Weekend Arts & Craft Festival in South Yarmouth on September 5 & 6. For more information about Castleberry Fairs and future shows, call 603-332-2616 or visit their website here.

The Mashpee Public Library is on Steeple Street in Mashpee. From Route 6, take Exit 2 to 130 South to 28 North. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on