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I love fall. I love strolling through crisp afternoons wrapped in a cozy scarf while sips of cider steam my face. I love skirts with tights and quick crafty evenings before the sun all but fades away. And I really love the sense of peace the town gets as it settles in for another winter, exhaling out the last of its traipsing trekker-tourists.
Autumn Festival will feature arts, crafts and brews 090909 AE 2 Capital City Weekly I love fall. I love strolling through crisp afternoons wrapped in a cozy scarf while sips of cider steam my face. I love skirts with tights and quick crafty evenings before the sun all but fades away. And I really love the sense of peace the town gets as it settles in for another winter, exhaling out the last of its traipsing trekker-tourists.

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Booths at the 2007 Autumn Festival. This year's festival will be held indoors in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC) and will include a beer garden.


Photos Courtesy Of Pagan Hill

Booths at the 2007 Autumn Festival. This year's festival will be held indoors in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC) and will include a beer garden.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Story last updated at 9/9/2009 - 11:37 am

Autumn Festival will feature arts, crafts and brews

I love fall. I love strolling through crisp afternoons wrapped in a cozy scarf while sips of cider steam my face. I love skirts with tights and quick crafty evenings before the sun all but fades away. And I really love the sense of peace the town gets as it settles in for another winter, exhaling out the last of its traipsing trekker-tourists.

So, when an old friend, Rachael Juzeler, mentioned to me a few years back that she had created a local festival to celebrate all these wonderful things, I jumped at the chance to join. Now in its sixth year, the Autumn Festival has grown into a full-fledge arts and crafts fair plus. Mark your calendars for Saturday Sept. 19 for this year's festival and read on to find out a bit more about Rachael's idea behind the festival, and what the fest has in store.

TP: What is the Autumn Festival (AF)?

RJ: The Autumn Festival is a yearly public market and festival. This community driven event is free to the public and celebrates local arts, crafts, and skills, providing a venue showcasing these wares. Proceeds generated by this festival go back to the community through a chosen charity each year. This festival is put on by locals, for locals, near the end of the tourist season and will encompass the following:

*Always free to public

*Focus on local/community

*Provide inexpensive tables and space for local vendors

*Provide a venue for Autumn Pour

*Profits to go to funding for local groups/organizations/charities

I started AF in 2003 in response to the building of the downtown cruise ship dock (it was stated the dock was built "for the community") and because Juneau lacked an outdoor farmers/public market at the time. This community event focused on highlighting locally made arts and crafts, music and food, and "getting our town back" - bringing people back to downtown at the close of the tourist season.

Last year AF moved indoors to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center (JACC), where it was able to host more arts and crafts tables, include more bands, and expand the crafts to include a home brewing and a beer garden, which provided a much needed venue for the Autumn Pour Homebrew competition.

Moving the festival indoors and including a beer garden provided Autumn Festival with enough revenue to support itself and make a healthy donation to a select local charity. Last year AF donated $400 to JAHC; this year AF will be donating proceeds to Coastal CODE and supporting the efforts of International Coastal Clean-up Day, which will take place earlier in the day with the festival following.

TP: Are there any new features this year?

RJ: Yes. This year the autumn festival is doubling as a reception point for all those involved in the International Coastal Clean-up, held throughout the world on Sept. 19. After cleaning up the beach you will receive a token for a free beverage of your choice (bring your own reusable mug!) - we will have a beer garden sponsored by both Alaskan Brewing and Specialty Imports, and for those under 21 we will have a "sparkling garden."

TP: About how many crafters can we expect to see and what kind of wares will they have?

RJ: There are over 22 tables reserved at this time. Not only do we have quite a few local food vendors, we have tables which will be filled everything from felt work to batik, jewelry, glass, weaving, botanicals, photography, and ceramics. Specifically, the UAS class will be making beer pint glasses which can be used at the festival to help eliminate our use of plastics.

If you are a local crafter and want to participate in this year's Autumn Festival e-mail Rachael at autumnfestival@gmail.com. Otherwise, swing by to check out the arts, crafts, brews and tunes of fall.

Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from wonderful, rainy Southeast Alaska. View her latest creations at suiteliving.blogspot.com and her shared crafting sitecraftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to tanna.craft@gmail.com.


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