The Rhinebeck Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival brings together enthusiasts for the paper crafts, with an emphasis on those crafts involved in memory-making. Scrapbookers, cardmakers, calligraphers, papercrafters, book artists and those who collect or make use of rubber stamps will all find material here that is of interest. Exhibitors will be on hand from throughout the papercraft world. The list includes Another Stamp Company, Class Act, Chapel Road Art Stamps, Marco's Paper and Stamp La Jolla, among many others. Items that will be for sale range from art papers, vellums and scrapbooks to rubber stamps of every conceivable image. Inkpads, binding implements, glues, glazes, cords and lots more will help patrons festoon their memory books and art projects with the decors they desire. There will be time for exchanging artist trading cards (ATCs) both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., and a contest will reward the judges' favorite ATC with "rubber bucks" to spend at the Festival.
The Festival takes place Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Festival is $8 at the door on Saturday (this includes Sunday admission, too) and $6 on Sunday. Children under 12 are free. For a full list of exhibitors and other details on the event, check out the production company's website at www.heirloompro.com.
This year's Mid-Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Show is the 39th annual. It celebrates the "Earth's Bounty": the array of minerals that humans "harvest" from the Earth for use in the products of our daily lives. The show is put on by a local organization, the Mid-Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Society, an interest group that connects those who are interested in rocks, gems, minerals and fossils. The group hosts monthly meetings in Poughkeepsie and puts together this annual show each year.
The show's central feature this year is a collection of display cases illustrating the links between minerals taken from the Earth and the products they help create, including such everyday items as toothpaste and lightbulbs. In addition to the display pieces provided by the Society, the New York State Museum's Mineral Institute in Albany will contribute mineral-and-product paired displays to the show, and Vassar College will display its finest specimens of each of these types of mineral. Canadian soapstone sculptor Sandy Cline will demonstrate his craft, and 38 dealers will vend everything from rock books to minerals to wire wrappings (in which ultrafine gold and silver threads are used to mount gemstones to rings and other jewelry pieces).
According to Show chair Carolyn Reynard, the show will also have a significant education component. "We'll have a very large painting on the wall that we call Glitter Mountain," she says, noting that it's meant to draw children to the bins of rocks and minerals beneath: Each child gets six free pieces. High school Earth Science students bearing special questionnaires distributed through Earth Science teachers are admitted free; a series of Lucite-encased gem and mineral displays scattered throughout the show provide the answers. There will also be demonstrations of how to cut and polish stones, as well as how wire-wrapping is done.
The show takes place Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, with seniors admitted for $4 and children 12 and under admitted free. For more information on the group, see its website at geocities.com/nyrockhounds. For more information on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, including directions, see its website at www.dutchessfair.com or call (845) 876-4001.