Artist’s Alley in Manheim, PA

Once again, I believe I learn something new every day. I have been told that all of the “artsy” people in our area live in the next town over. I have been involved in art and craft shows in that town and the people almost seemed surprised to find out where I live. It’s sad, really. However, this summer, a few of us are out to set the record straight. There are artisans in Manheim, and they have talent!

Let’s start at the beginning. Manheim has had a history of glassblowing and recently a group of folks got together to bring the glassblowing tradition back into town. This group, Stiegel Glassworks 1976, is growing by leaps and bounds, so much so that they have already built an addition onto their building. I don’t know about you, but there aren’t many artisans I enjoy watching in their craft as much as a glassblower. It’s beyond fascinating!

This summer, Stiegel Glassworks 1976 will be hosting a series of events entitled “Artist’s Alley,” which will not only feature Stiegel Glassworks, but several of the most talented artists from Manheim (and possibly the surrounding area) will be displaying their talents as well.

So far we have a pen and ink artist, a wood carver, and jewelry, and we have a few others waiting in the wings. The hope is to have a complete variety of artisans instead of several repeated styles. If you live in the area and are interested in participating, please let me know and I can get you the contact information you will need.

Here you can find out more about Stiegel Glassworks 1976: Stiegel Glassworks 1976

Here you can find out more about Artist’s Alley: Artist’s Alley

With the economy being what it is, I have heard more people are “staycationing” this summer and these events would be a great local destination for a day trip. Kids will find the glassblowing absolutely fascinating, and there are some great restaurants around to fill you up. Rumor has it there will be trolley rides, too! Come visit us for a day!

Thanks for reading!


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