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"In the MKNG" Creativity Festival Announces Celebrity Appearances


TLC's "While You Were Out" Host Mark Montano and "Project Runway" Stars to Inspire Making During Two-day Event

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (PRWEB) August 24, 2018

The inaugural "In the MKNG" creativity festival, a Hudson Valley festival inspiring and celebrating creativity across demographics and generations, has added several celebrities to the schedule, including Mark Montano, the popular designer, best-selling author, and former host of TLC Network's hit show "While You Were Out". "Project Runway" stars Helen Castillo of Season 12 and Ben Mach of Season 11, Mood Designer Fabrics' mascot Swatch the Dog, the Subway Knitter Louis Boria, and influential social media creators will also make appearances and trigger the artist inside the event's expected 10,000 attendees. The event will be held September 29-30 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y.

Montano will demonstrate unique paint pouring techniques each day at the DecoArt booth and provide tips for attendees during make and take sessions. Castillo and Mach will also attend both festival days, providing opportunities for attendees to meet the fashion stars and learn about their "Project Runway" experiences. Joining the two stars at the Mood Designer Fabrics' booth is their famous-in-his-own-right mascot, Swatch the Dog, who will model canine fashion and, presumably, pose for selfie photos with attendees.

On Sunday, September 30 at 2:30pm, Boria, the Subway Knitter and one of Lion Brand Yarn's Ambassadors, will talk about his passion for knitting and how a chance encounter led to fame. He will also talk about #HatNotHate, a campaign that Lion Brand has launched against bullying.

Influential Crafting Artists Also Added to Festival
Attendees will also enjoy the excitement of meeting well-known crafting artists who are sure to draw a crowd with their extraordinary creative talents. The schedule for these innovative artists is:


Alexandra Stapleton-Smith
Join Alexandra Stapleton-Smith of The Hedgehog Hollow in a fun crafting made easy seminar at 11am on the Creator Stage! She will show you fun memory keeping projects that are easy to make using the most recent Hedgehog Hollow Subscription Box full of craft products along with Tonic Studios products! Memorialize your festival experience, birthdays, or any fun event in your life in a flash!

Marie Segares and Jessie Rayout
Join Jessie Rayout from Jessie At Home and Marie Segares from Underground Crafter for an interactive presentation of styling handmade shawls. At 2:15pm on the Creator Stage, they will share some of their favorite shawl designs, show off how they style shawls of different shapes and lengths, and share tips for taking care of handmade shawls so that they always look and feel great. Goodie bags will be distributed to the first 30 participants and there will be giveaways throughout their demonstrations.


Marly Bird & Tamara Kelly
Marly Bird, Red Heart's National Spokesperson, and Tamara Kelly, Creator of, want to find who can Loop-It the fastest. They will host this 30 minute craft competition of who can make the longest Red Heart Loop-It™ Scarf at 1:00pm on the Creator Stage. No tools required, just Finger Looping Fun™!

Lynn Lilly
Influencer Lynn Lilly of Craft Box Girls will host Duck Brand's craft competition on the Creator Stage at 3:30pm. Join Duck Brand for this two round creative competition. In Round one, contestants will be challenged to make three types of Duck Tape flowers. In Round two, the winners of Round one will be challenged to make a wearable item and embellish it with their Duck Tape flowers.

"It is an honor to have these inspiring celebrities and influential creators join the first year of ‘In the MKNG,'" said Mark Hill, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Association For Creative Industries, the event organizer. "The creative spirit exhibited by these talented artists will add to the festival's atmosphere that fosters innovation, ingenuity and craft appreciation."

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In the MKNG™ is a Hudson Valley festival inspiring and celebrating creativity across demographics and generations. Stemming from the phrase "in the making," the festival highlights the creative process as one that is constantly in development. The event is organized by the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) and includes live demonstrations, interactive activities, charity involvement, regional food, live music and a lot of fun. The event is September 29-30 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y. in the Hudson Valley. For more information about participating, visit

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