Glen Rock Arts and Brewfest combines beer festival, family activities
If you go
What: Glen Rock Arts & Brewfest
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30 (rain or shine)
Where: Along the rail trail in Glen Rock between Machovec Design Gallery on Baltimore Street and Ruins Hall, 30 Enterprise St.
Brewfest: Craft beer and wine tasting will be available from 1 to 6 p.m. at Ruins Hall. Cost is $1.50 per 4 oz. pour or $6 for a pint.
5K Fun Run: Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. from the corner of Water Street and Hanover Street. Cost is $30. Proceeds benefit ALS Association.
Parking: Off-street parking is available at Glen Rock Park and Southern York County School District campus. Shuttles will transport guests to the festival area.
Street closures: No streets will be closed for the festival.
For more information: Visit www.glenrockartsandbrewfest.com .
Every day between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., Nikke Shanabrough sits at her work station stringing beads, measuring and cutting chains and stitching appliques.
With two young children in the house, it's the only time she can find to work on her jewelry.
But the late nights pay off when she sees customers' faces light up as they walk by her Nikkay Fashions booth at area festivals.
On Saturday, Shanabrough, 31, of Manchester Township, will have that experience again when she sells her handmade necklaces, earrings and body jewelry at the first-ever Glen Rock Arts and Brewfest.
The festival, organized by Glen Rock Borough, features work by local artists like Shanabrough.
"People forget about the small guy who makes things handmade," Shanabrough said. "It gives us a chance to showcase our talent and what we can do."
While Nikkay Fashions is a local, one-woman business, Shanabrough said she has sold to celebrities, including country music artist Leah Burkey and "Real Housewives of New York City"'s Jill Zarin.
Each necklace, pair of earrings and body jewelry that she makes is different, Shanabrough said, but body jewelry — which is a necklace with added chain to drape the body — has become her focus.
"It's a great way to dress up a bikini, a simple black dress or a tank top," she said.
Shanabrough will be one of more than 60 local artisan and craft vendors at the festival in downtown Glen Rock.
"The whole premise behind the festival is to try and source our local talent," organizer Victoria Ribeiro said. "In some way, every vendor participating and every entertainer has a connection to Glen Rock or Southern York County directly."
The festival kicks off at 8 a.m. with a 5K Fun Run, organized by the Glen Rock Mill Inn. The run will benefit the ALS Association in observance of ALS Awareness Month. Almost 100 runners signed up as of May 19, Ribeiro said.
Between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., guests can check out jewelry, pottery, clothing, photography, wooden creations, growler carriers and more made by local artisan and craft vendors.
"It's as local and regional as you're going to get," Ribeiro said. "It's all hand-crafted specialty stuff."
From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., guests over 21 can taste beer and wine samples from 12 breweries and three wineries at Ruins Hall near Glen Rock Mill Inn.
Ruins Hall will also be home to two live music stages, featuring local bands and acoustic groups from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Music will play non-stop throughout the day, rotating from the Main Stage to the Side Stage at Ruins Hall.
"The concrete structure (of Ruins Hall) lends itself to being a good event space for block parties and live music festivals," Ribeiro said.
Two other stages will also provide family-friendly entertainment during the festival.
Adrenaline Dance Group and a guitar group will rotate performances from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the borough parking lot between Mignano's Family Restaurant and the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library. An Elsa meet-and-greet will also take place at that location from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.
More family entertainment, including a magic show, Dance Expressions and an organ/choir performance, will take place at the indoor stage at Zion Lutheran Church on Hanover Street from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
"We wanted to be able to have a brewfest and still make it a family festival," Ribeiro said. "There's something for everybody without excluding anyone."
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: CAUTION!
1-2:30 p.m.: Three Dollar Suit
3:15-4:30 p.m.: A.D. Chandler & Band
5:15-7 p.m.: Buzzard Luck
12:20-1 p.m.: Brian Kendig
2:30-3:15 p.m.: Dave Thomas & Friends
4:30-5:15 p.m.: Gavin Elder \
Participating breweries and wineries
Crystal Ball Brewing Company — York
Evolution Craft Brewing Company — Salisbury, Md.
Full Tilt Brewing Company — Baltimore
Gunpowder Falls Brewing — New Freedom
Jack's Hard Cider — Biglerville
Jackson Square Vineyard — Spring Grove
Lancaster Brewing Company — Lancaster
Liquid Hero Brewery — York
Logan's View Winery — Loganville
South County Brewing Company — Fawn Grove
Spring House Brewing Company — Conestoga
Victory Brewing Company — Downingtown
Vineyards at Hershey — Middletown
Wacker Brewing Company — Lancaster
Weyerbacher Brewing Company — Easton