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Art and Chocolate Festival 2019 3rd Annual Event

In Washington, Kentucky
Celebrate Art, Chocolate & Spring in 1700’s Village! 
Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00-5:00
Come enjoy the numerous artisans, pottery, print making, chocolate and delicious baked goods, pioneer toys and games, live music, Easter Egg Hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny highlight the 3rd annual Art and Chocolate Festival in Old Washington on Saturday April 13 from 10:00-5:00.  All in an 18th Century storybook setting of flagstone walks, log cabins and architectural styles combine its 232 years of history to create one of the most picturesque village scenes in the country.  Admission is FREE.
Shops and Temporary Vendors are Open for this event.  Antique & Specialty Shops a picture framing and lamp shop and have made this Village their home for over 47 years.  They will have chocolate recipes, put candy in each bag and have hidden Easter Eggs. 
A free printmaking activity with artist Ken Swinson will be held at the Log Cabin Print shop (originally the Cane Brake, a pre 1790 log cabin), where you can sample raw chocolate beans from Mexico
Make pioneer toys and games with the MCIS social Studies Club at C 1797 Mefford’s Fort,
the original home of pioneers Mr. and Mrs. George Mefford and their thirteen children.
Maysville Academy students will make crepes and host an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 pm
at the C. 1807 Harriett Beecher Museum.  Make crafts with the St Patrick Little Flower Girls Club and
come inside to play games and win prizes.
The Easter Bunny will be at Simon Kenton Shrine and Ann C Denham will take
photographs from 12:00-3:00.  This is one of the original 119 log cabins. This museum honors this famous explorer who settled the area and spent 14 years of his life here.  Example of a Frontier General Store such as Simon had here at one time
Art from a Student Art Contest will be on display at Paxton Inn. 
Paxton Inn - Since before 1810, built by prominent Washington lawyer and abolitionist, James a. Paxton, it was the favorite meeting place for lawyers and citizens to discuss politics and other key issues of the day.  Mr. Paxton, his wife and four children lived next door in the Paxton House.  It was a station on the Underground Railroad with a hidden stairway between the first and second floor where runaway slaves were hidden until they could be safely transported across the Ohio River under the cover of darkness when owned by Mr. Paxton.  By 1838, Willis Lee had taken over the successful tavern near the Courthouse. .
Live music will be performed throughout the day.  Harry Pedigo will be on stage
from 10:00-12:00.   Sara Wood will be singing from 12:00-2:00 and Nick Denham and
MCIS students will perform from 2:00-3:00.
Washington Hall features the Ohio River Valley Art Guild with a variety of
beautiful art:  paintings, pottery, baskets, felt art, shirts, ornaments, jewelry, etc. 
Visit Rob Weingarten’s studio upstairs as he makes jewelry and other beautiful art. 
L’il Jumbo’s Coffee Shop uses locally grown food to cook everything fresh and from scratch!
April 13 marks the beginning of the tourist season with the reopening of the museums
and the Visitors Center which is now housed in Paxton House.  It has opened the second floor
with items from US Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed.  Numerous artisan and food vendors will be throughout the town. They will have a variety of art, chocolate, and baked goods.  

Washington is nestled, 4 miles south of the banks of the Ohio River and Maysville just 1 mile south of the AA (#9) Highway on US 62, formally US 68, 50 miles northeast of Lexington, KY, 50 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio, and 51 miles east of Cincinnati, OH, (take the Wilder Exit #77 off I-275 onto Route #9 - also known as the AA Highway), then turn right at the light by Wendy's onto US 68, turn left at third light up into Old Washington.   Plan a fun family day trip to Washington, (now part of Maysville), where we are waiting to welcome you.  For more information or vendor setups E-mail laceyholleran@maysvilleky.net or
call 1-606-563-2596.S
 
 
 
 
              
 
 

 


 
                                            24th  Annual Chocolate Festival  

                    April 16-17. 2011 in Washington, KY  
                       2011 is our 225-Year Anniversary


Schedule is not complete more will be added as confirmed

10:00 - 5:00 
Saturday, April 16


10:00 - 5:00    Most Shops open with Chocolates for sale - Ask to Register for Prizes
10:00 - 5:00    Street Vendors and Vendors inside Meeting House in center of village 
10:00`- 5;00    Train Rides Through Village Street 
10:00 - 5:00    Jewelry Making and Engraving 
10:00 - 5:00    Homemade Ice Cream
10:00 - 5:00    Fishing for Sharky 
10:00 - 5:00    Small High Striker 
10:00 - 5:00    Balloon Dart 
10:00 - 5:00`   Cork Gun 
10:00 - 5:00    Painting on Glass and Barn Squares 
10:00 - 5:00    Sand Art
10:00 - 4:30    Paxton House Visitor's Center Open, Tours Available
10:30 - 12:30  Baby Show, Little Miss & Mister Contests - Call Ann Porter 606-584-2510.  Dress: "Easter Outfits" 
                        9 Divisions: Birth through 6 Years  
10:00 - 5:00    Rob Weingartner, Silversmith - all hand made jewelry
10:00 - 5:00    Toby Fried, Potter
10:00 - 5:00    Artists Ken Swinson & Michael Colemire will instruct FREE Screen Printing 
                        Bring T-Shirt to William Goforth House - 1934 Old Main Street
11:00 -           "Chocolate Cake Contest" Inside Meeting House in center of Village - Bring whole cake with recipe
12:00              "Chocolate Cup Cake Contests" Ages 6 to 8 & Ages 7 to 12 years - Bring 3 Cup Cakes with recipe 
                        For more information on all Chocolate Contests Call 606-584-2510 
1:00 - 2;00      Diane Peacock of Richmond, KY on Dulcimer 
2:00                Cloggers - Presented by Vicki Morgan & Crew 
3:00                "Chocolate Pie Contest" Inside Meeting House in center of Village. Bring whole pie with recipe 
3:00 - 4:00      Dulcimer Music
                        George Jones will be playing Accordion on the porch of Keepsake Treasures 
                        Most Museums will be open


Sunday, April 17  

10:00 - 5:00    Most Shops open with Chocolates for sale - Ask to Register for Prizes
10:00 - 5:00    Street Vendors and Vendors inside Meeting House in center of village 
10:00`- 5;00    Train Rides Through Village Street 
10:00 - 5:00    Jewelry Making and Engraving 
10:00 - 5:00    Homemade Ice Cream
10:00 - 5:00    Fishing for Sharky 
10:00 - 5:00    Small High Striker 
10:00 - 5:00    Balloon Dart 
10:00 - 5:00`   Cork Gun 
10:00 - 5:00    Painting on Glass and Barn Squares 
10:00 - 5:00    Sand Art
10:00 - 4:30    Paxton House Visitor's Center Open, Tours Available 
10:00 - 5:00    Rob Weingartner, Silversmith - Hand made jewelry 
10:00 - 5:00    Toby Fried, Potter   
10:00 - 5:00    Artists Ken Swinson & Michael Colemire will instruct FREE Screen Printing 
                        Bring T-Shirt to William Goforth House - 1934 Old Main Street 
1:00                New Beginnings - Adult and Youth Praise Teams  
1:30"              Chocolate Candy Hunt" on Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum lawn - sponsored by Maysville
                        Younger Womans Club  
2:00                 "Chocolate Fudge Contest" Inside Meeting House in center of Village.  Bring 6 pieces with recipe                     
3:00                 "Chocolate Brownie Contest" For Adults - Inside Meeting House in center of Village -Bring 6 pieces with recipe  
3:00                 " Chocolate Brownie Contest" Ages 6 to 12  -Inside Meeting House in center of Village  - Bring 6 pieces with recipe
                        For more information on all Chocolate Contests Call 606-584-2510  
                        Most Museums will be open

Each Shop participates in their own way.  Some will put "Kisses" in bags, have Contests inside their shops,
"Hourly Drawings" for Chocolates, Free Recipes for Customers, and more.
           

For Booth Space or if you would like to participate in the Entertainment 
Contact Phyllis Helphenstine - E-mail phyllis@maysvilleky.net  


Chocolate Festival is Sponsored by: Historic Washington Shopkeepers Association 
          


            24th Annual Chocolate Festival April 16-17, 2011, in Washington, KY  

If you are a true Chocoholic and believe that a little too much Chocolate is just about right then you will love the 24th Annual Chocolate Festival in Washington, KY, (now part of Maysville, but still 4 miles from downtown Maysville and the banks of the Ohio River), in Mason County, April 16-17 from 10 am to 5 pm - a tribute not only to Chocolate but to a town rich in 18th and 19th century history.  Washington, a 1790s village with shops, museums, and tours, was established in 1786, by the Virginia Legislature, six years before Kentucky became  state.  It is our 225-year anniversary and we are starting the celebration with Chocolate! 

Chocolate booths galore, Chocolate Contests inside the Meeting House in the center of the village include: Chocolate Cake and Pie for adults, Cup Cake for ages 6-8 and 7-12  bring 3 cup cakes with the recipe on Saturday.  Sunday; Chocolate Fudge Contest and Chocolate Brownie Contests for adults - and Brownie Contest for ages 6-12 years all bring 6 of each with the recipe.  Call 606-584-2510 for more information.  The annual "Chocolate Candy Hunt" for children on Sunday is sponsored by the Maysville Younger Womans Club.  Train rides, games, vendors, entertainment and many activities take place on Main Street. 
FREE Admission.  

The area's flagstone pathways where Daniel Boone, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston and Simon Kenton once walked will be lined with booths selling chocolate-inspired confectionary concoctions, including home made ice cream, chocolate fountains, Easter candies, chocolate truffles, cream candy, fudges, chocolate covered petite fours, cake pops, truffle cake, Mississippi mud pie, Chocolate ganache tarts, deep fried Oreos, Twinkies and banana splits, (I have to try this), chocolate dipped pretzels, sunflower seeds and about everything you can dip in chocolate, Nut Barks, Buckeye, Bourbon Cherries, Cheesecake Strawberries, caramel turtles and eggs, peanut butter eggs, funnel cakes drizzled in chocolate, bake sales, chocolate banana boats with chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Every kind of festival food you can imagine and Artisan cheeses and spreads, all natural whole milk from Aryshire cows.  
The variety of vendors is the best yet, from Baby items, clothing, shoes, Usborne Books, old toys, Doll clothes, jewelry and engraving, purses, personalize rings, pocketknives, Collopy Candies, Wooden and brass pens and pen boxes. wooden items, toys, and huge variety of craft, art and antiques.  One vendor will give away a Miche purse filled with chocolate bunnies. Permanent shops in Washington will be participating with drawings, giveaways, contests and more - ask in each 

shop.  The Visitor's Center will be open with tours and museums will be open.  

Baby Show and "Little Mr.". and "Little Miss" Pageants.  Dress is "Easter Outfits".  Both Boys and Girls: 0 to 6 Months, 7-12 months, 13-18 months, 
19-23 months, and 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 year olds - 9 Contests in all begin at 10:3 am Saturday on stage in the center of the village.  Contact Ann Porter 606-584-2510 for more information. 

Artists Ken Swinson and Michael Colemire will offer FREE screen-printing both days from 10 am until 5 pm.  Bring your T-shirt to the William Goforth 
House at 1934 Old Main Street. 

Enticing people to explore Washington's unique business district are several well-known specialty shops: an Antique Brass & Copper Restoration Shop, an Antique Lamp Shop that also offers lamp restoration and rewiring as well as 100s of shades of all types and sizes - specializing in Fenton Cranberry and other Fenton shades and lamps, other lamps and replacement shades, parts and chimneys.  There are Picture Framing shops, a Dollhouse Shop, Kentucky and Custom made pottery, Antique Shops, crafts, jewelry, Sterling, Period Cut Glass, a large selection of antique mantle lustres, Fenton, Bluebird dishes, Jewel Tea dishes ,linens, quilts, brass, copper, furniture and so much more.

Sponsored by Washington Shopkeepers Association with support from the Maysville/Mason County CVB and the City of Maysville. This Washington 
website: www.washingtonky.com keeps the schedule updated as news is received.  Visit other links on our website for pictures and much history on the village, museums, shops and other events.   

            Location:
Washington is nestled, 4 miles south of the banks of the Ohio River and Maysville, 50 miles northeast of Lexington, KY, 50 miles west of Portsmouth, Ohio, 90 miles west of Huntington, WV and 51 miles east of Cincinnati, Oh, (take the Wilder Exit #77 off I-275 onto Route #9 - also known as the AA Highway), then turn right at the light by Wendy's onto US 68, turn left at the third light up into Old Washington..  Washington is 1 mile south of the AA Highway on US 68. 

You may find us by going to www.mapquest.com  - directions - put your address in and 2112 Old Main Street, Maysville, KY 41056 to get turn by turn directions to the center of our 1700 village of shops, museums, so much history and a hearty welcome.  We are actually in Washington, but since the two towns merged you have to use Maysville (4 miles away) to get directions. 

           

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