As we reported in our Weekend Roundup, The 52nd annual Michigan State University Arts and Crafts Show will be held this weekend in the area around the MSU Union. It will take place Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. The twice-yearly event is put on by the MSU University Activities Board, with another event taking place every December.
More than 350 artisans will be in attendance to sell handmade art including jewelry, candles, furniture, home/yard décor, aromatherapy, clothing, children’s toys, paintings, graphics, pottery, sculptures, photography, and more.
Some of the vendors include Saponify Herbal Infused Soaps, Leaton Metal Designs, Furry Friends Furniture, Two Sisters Gourmet Dips and Dessert Mixes, Petoskey and Pine, Tie Dye Guy, Mud Momma’s Pottery, Full Ark Tees, Extreme Squirt Guns, Stained Glass Treasures, among many, many others. The fair gives East Lansing citizens a different (and possibly more affordable) way to take home something special.
East Lansing resident Mary Zack has lived in East Lansing most of her life and goes every chance she possibly can. “I like that it is affordable and there are things that are really nice,” she says. In the past, she has bought “jewelry, prints, frames, and fun stuff for kids.” What is she looking for this year? “I’ve moved to a new home and am looking for some fun things for my garden,” Zack said.
Vendors are as excited as attendees. Many have posted on the event’s Facebook page promoting their productions and encouraging people to visit their booths.
Aside from the arts and crafts, there will be plenty of food available for patrons. Food tents will include the Stadium Grill, Amie Joe’s (elephant ears and Italian ice), Fun Foods (kettle corn, cotton candy, almonds, Grand Grilling (chicken sandwiches, pitas), Maui Wow! Smoothies, Subway, and Udder Delights (ice cream). Inside the MSU Union, the food court will be open; Sparty’s convenience store, and the Dairy Store will also be open.
There is no entrance fee, and anyone is encouraged to stroll around the hundreds of booths. All visitor parking is free on campus during the weekend, and you can check out a map of available parking here: http://maps.msu.edu/interactive/ (click on Categories on the right and select Visitor Parking).