Art on Chocolate Kicks Off Epic Summer

Art lovers of all ages will gather on Chocolate Avenue Saturday, May 14 for a day devoted to celebrating talented artisans and performers. Art on Chocolate, the second annual fine arts festival, will bring together more than 130 artists and craftsmen along with a variety of food vendors and prime entertainment. This family friendly event also will include children’s art activities, face painting, and local students’ art on display at The Hershey Story, the museum on Chocolate Avenue.  

Art on Chocolate will take place from 10 am – 5 pm in the heart of Downtown Hershey between Ridge Road and Cocoa Avenue, and in ChocolateTown Square. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day in the park at ChocolateTown Square and at Ridge Road. Food and beverage options will be offered in a variety of locations. Take this opportunity to shop downtown at the unique local vendors Hershey has to offer and stop by for fun family activities. Admission to the event is free to the public.

Art on Chocolate will feature unique artists such as Jen’s Turn, owned by Jennifer Tulaney, specializing in functional ceramics created with an extra flair; Dan Hayward Glass, fine stained art; and Gay Lapalucci representing Leaf Me Alone, whimsical ceramic leaves. Other displays will feature Jennifer Kerper Metalsmith, who crafts fine jewelry with unique detail; Scrappy Bags by Wendy Diem, who offers paper art designs; and Nick Duvall of Duvall Leatherwork whose leather art is for everyday use.

Art On Chocolate, sponsored by the Downtown Hershey Association in partnership with the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society, is the signature kickoff event in a series of Life on Chocolate events to follow in the upcoming season. Stay tuned for more information on these events including Farmers Market on Chocolate, Music on Chocolate, Choctoberfest, and Downtown Hershey’s Holiday Celebration. Join us for another season of Life on Chocolate in Downtown Hershey!

About Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society: The Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society (HDTHS) is a community-based organization composed of members and volunteers who support the mission of preserving, promoting, and interpreting the history of Derry Township. The Historical Society hosts an annual Preservation celebration to bring awareness and focus to our community’s historical legacy. For more information, please visit HersheyHistory.org.

About Downtown Hershey Association: The Downtown Hershey Association (DHA) is a diverse group of volunteers made up of Derry Township residents, business leaders, and government officials working to enhance the beauty of the downtown, attract new businesses, and improve the quality of life for local residents.  DHA has planned a host of events for 2016, including a summer concert series, farmers market, Choctoberfest fall festival, and holiday celebration. For more information, visit DowntownHershey.com.