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It’s the Eve of MoonTree Festival—Happening Saturday, September 20,

MoonTree_logoThe weatherman predicts a glorious day, with sunshine and a temperature in the 70’s this Saturday, September 20, for the third annual MoonTree Festival at the Center at Donaldson. The festival comes alive at 9:00 a.m. EDT on the prairie surrounding MoonTree Studios with Art Fair, Catapult Contest, and street entertainers.

MoonTreeFestival_groundsThe Festival Art Fair has grown, with a variety of artists slated; some of their wares will include watercolor and oil paintings, jewelry, fiber art, clay sculpture and pottery, felted creations, embroidery, mosaics, wood carvings, honey, natural body care items, perennial plants, and Fr. John Z’s Baklava and Pay Day bars. Some artists will be demonstrating their work, and inviting festival visitors to join in. There will be street performers roaming about the art fair, such as a storyteller, a jester, and a “live music box.” The New Town Cryers, a folk duo from Southwest Michigan, will provide alfresco entertainment beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Cryers’ motto is “the unforgettable songs of a whole generation who can’t remember.” Plan to spend the morning and afternoon, and definitely stay for lunch–The Country Griller will be offering scrumptious fare.

Inside MoonTree Gallery, you can enjoy the extensive 18 Artists art exhibit, Reflections. This display includes watercolors, acrylics, oils, oil pastel, colored pencil, pottery, sculpture and jewelry. Be sure to allow enough time to take it all in. Or you can check up on the Silent Art Auction inside the Painting Studio and perhaps place a bid for a wonderful piece of art work that you would be proud to own. These works of art for auction have been donated to MoonTree Studios over the last few years by exhibiting artists and other artist friends of MoonTree. The auction includes pieces by Tony Droege, Barb Kobe, Sondra Sula, Maria Pfropper, Fred Shepard, Laurie Balla, and Sr. Damian McNamara, PHJC. You can also view and bid on the Silent Auction artwork online now, at The silent auction bidding will close at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, following intermission at MoonTree Festival Dinner Theater.

The MoonTree Festival Art Fair and outdoor entertainment wrap up at 3:00 p.m. as preparations for the special evening entertainment–dinner theater, begin. This year, Metamorphis Traveling Theatre will present two uplifting, original plays collectively called “the green plays.” Both “A Different Drummer” (imagine Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond) and “The Assisi Rest Home Follies” (seniors do a show to benefit endangered animals, including themselves) will be performed. If you don’t have a reservation for dinner theater, it’s too late for this year. There are no tickets sold at the door. But keep MoonTree Festival in mind for your September 2015 agenda. MoonTree’s 2015 catalog of events and experiences at the studios will be available in December. Be sure you are on the mailing list! Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712, or email See you at MoonTree Festival!


MoonTree Studios, located at The Center in Donaldson, is a LEED® Gold certified complex of buildings with studios for Clay, Textiles, Painting, and Wood/Metal. There is a Gallery, where established artists display their work for the inspiration of others. MoonTree Studios is a place where skilled facilitators in a variety of creative disciplines impart creative techniques and experiences to interested participants. MoonTree Studios is a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Visit for a schedule of experiences or to register. Call 574-935-1712 or email for more information. 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, Indiana 46563.


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