LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – Lancaster will be full of art for the next few days. The long-running Long’s Park Art Festival is happening this weekend, but another newer interactive artistic tradition is taking place in the city on Friday: the fourth annual Lancaster Print Crawl.
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During the Print Crawl, guests can visit eight local print shops that specialize in various techniques such as letterpress, screen printing, and laser cutting.
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At the first shop, the participants receive a partially finished poster. Then they add another piece to the poster at each subsequent stop until it is done at the end of the crawl. Participants can even print themselves.
“We have children [who] can barely look over the press bed, which is perhaps a meter high. They’re so small, but they can turn the handle when I hold the paper for them, so they’re really involved and having so much fun, ”said Megan Zettlemoyer, who owns Typothecary Letterpress and helped organize the print crawl. .
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However, the event is not just for children. Zettlemoyer said people from young children to retirees attend the print shop.
Zettlemoyer was inspired to create the Lancaster Print Crawl after seeing a similar event in Nashville, Tennessee. Unlike the Nashville event, the Lancaster Print Crawl is entirely within walking distance and spans about a mile of the city.
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The crawl includes eight stores in Lancaster City, but Zettlemoyer said there are more printing plants in the area. “We have a really vibrant design and printing community in Lancaster,” said Zettlemoyer, and the print crawl helps make that community stand out.
The Print Crawl also helps raise funds for the graphics programs and student scholarships at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Zettlemoyer works with students from these schools to design the posters for the print crawls.
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Participants can donate money directly or purchase tickets for a raffle that is new this year. One of the items in the raffle is a framed set of five printed crawl posters that includes a poster for the 2020 event that did not happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fourth annual Lancaster Print Crawl won’t be a disappointment, said Zettlemoyer. “Bring your friends and family. I swear everyone’s fun, I promise. ”
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The print crawl takes place on the first Friday in September. This year it is Friday, September 3rd, from 5 pm to 9 pm. A map of the participating stores can be found here, and more information is available on the Facebook event page.
Guests can start the print search anywhere, though Zettlemoyer suggests starting at Typothecary Letterpress or the Heritage Press Museum for the most efficient experience.