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Atalaya Castle Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

08 Nov 2015 | By: Litchfield Beach

Atalaya is the former home of the world famous sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington.  This is a Moorish-style castle that is a coastal fortress.  It was built by Archer Huntington in 1930.  During this time, Archer and his wife Anna were working on their current project nearby their home, Brookgreen Gardens.  The Huntington’s donated the castle as well as Brookgreen Gardens for everyone to enjoy.  Many of Anna’s sculptures were created at their home Atalaya. 

This festival is a great way to get out and explore this historical and natural beauty of Huntington State Park and surrounding area.

One of the largest events in the area is the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival.  This event really is the kick off to the fall season.  Visitor and locals alike look forward to this event every year.  You will see art from over 100 artisans from near and far.  What a great time to get your holiday shopping started, or if you just want to spoil yourself a bit, you will find it here. 

You can plan on viewing artwork from Jewelry, Original Printmaking, Basketry, Glass, Metal Work, Oil and Acrylic, Photography, Stonework, Watercolor and Pastels and Woodwork. 

The festival also features some favorite low-country food for the entire family to enjoy.  What can be better then listening to some of the area’s finest musicians as you stroll through the castle grounds while viewing beautiful and unique art.

Entertainment will begin at Noon on Friday with Latitude on the main stage.  Then every hour after a new set of musicians are there for you to enjoy.  The line up includes: Northern Border Bluegrass Band, Bruce Tereo, and The Out-of-Towners Band.  Saturday begins at 10 AM and Sunday at 11 AM.  You will really enjoy all of the music the festival has lined up for you while you shop.

Some key details for the event that you need to know:
The event this year will be held Friday, September 28 – 30. 
Friday, September 28 – Noon – 6:00 PM
Saturday, September 29 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 20 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

You can either buy a daily ticket or a multi-day pass.  Daily admission fee is $6.00 per adult, with 15 and younger are free.  A multi-day pass is available for $10.00 per person.  When you arrive at the park for the festival, park admission is free.  

If you are looking for a festival that enhances all of the senses, make sure to add this one to your list. 

For more information call 803-734-0450 or Huntington Beach State Park 843-237-4440.

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