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On Centre | Penns Valley: Mayfly Festival celebrates arts, culture in Millheim

The Up Texas Chapel Choir entertains the crowd along Main Street during last year’s Millheim Mayfly Festival.
The Up Texas Chapel Choir entertains the crowd along Main Street during last year’s Millheim Mayfly Festival. CDT file photo

The third annual Mayfly Festival is creating a buzz in Millheim.

On Friday and Saturday, the Millheim Business Community is celebrating with live entertainment, live artists and craft demonstrations, craft vendors, children’s activities, and more.

Erin McCracken, who is helping organize the event, said the fest was created to feature the cultural and outdoor opportunities in the area, along with paying tribute to the mayfly, “an insect that signifies the beginning of the local fishing season when it hatches in the late spring.”

“With so many talented local artists and musicians all living in such a naturally beautiful area that has easy access to fishing, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities, it’s easy to see why Millheim is experiencing such a renaissance,” she said in an emailed statement.

IngleBean Coffee House will host live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday that includes Walt Whitmer, Jeremy Tosten, Steve Tuttle and Kurt Grotz.

Harold Taddy’s Variety Showcase will be held at the Bremen Town Ballroom at 8 p.m. Friday, along with Anne Sullivan who will be back with her harp at the Green Drake Gallery.

Red Dog Run will be playing at the Elk Creek Cafe 8 p.m. Saturday.

Arts and crafts are also on tap.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Bremen Town Ballroom will host a craft show featuring local artisans with unique gifts and treasures.

The Green Drake Gallery will also host its annual Plein Air Paint Out, which features about 25 artists painting outdoors at their easels in and around Millheim. From 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, the gallery will host a show and art sale of the original artwork created during the weekend.

Children’s activities can be found at the Millheim Theatre.

Local food will also be available.

The festival is hosted by the Millheim Business Community, a nonprofit organization that works to foster economic and cultural development.