The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

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Autumn is here! In Vermont the days are getting shorter and crisper, the famous foliage is putting on its annual exhibit, and the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is approaching. Artist and Artisan Exhibitors from around the country are making their way to tiny, picturesque Manchester for this annual celebration of art, craft, food, and music.

October Art and Craft Festival in Manchester Vermont

With over 150 Exhibitors, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival has an impressive array of craftsmanship available for purchase: leatherwork; jewelry; clothing; furniture; wood bowls and spoons; inlaid mirrors and boxes; original paintings; prints; photography; and so much more (check out our Artist Listings page to see a list of participating artists).

Gabriel Cole Glass

The Festival has the feel of a bustling marketplace, with a spectacular backdrop of the Southern Vermont mountains at peak foliage. Upon entering the festival, visitors walk through a courtyard where small tents and booths shelter outdoor Exhibitors and food and beverage vendors. Stepping into the soaring white Camelot tents is like entering another world, each brightly lit booth beckons, handcrafted treasures displayed enticingly. A separate tent houses Specialty Food Exhibitors – gourmet chocolate, Vermont maple products, locally distilled spirits, jams and jellies, spice mixes…

Vermont distillery in the Specialty Food Tent

When you are ready for a break, stop by one of the great food carts (gourmet grilled cheese, sweet or savory crepes, pizza, tacos, Asian cuisine, and more…) and then find a table in the Dining Tent. At 12:30 and 2:30 each day there will be live music – Spencer Lewis on Friday, Studio Two Beatles Tribute on Saturday, and The Bondville Boys on Sunday.

Richard Foye raku pottery demo

 

Many Exhibitors will be demonstrating their craft. Here, potter Richard Foye shares his techniques for firing raku pottery. See the results below:

Raku pottery

Take another round of the Festival before you head home with your purchases. If you haven’t had enough, you can upgrade your admission to a weekend pass on your way out and come back again! There’s a lot to see at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival and many incredible Artists to meet.

The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival starts this Friday, October 3, and runs through Sunday, October 5. Hours are 10am-5pm daily. This is a family friendly event, but please leave pets at home. Adult admission is $10, kids 12 and under are free. There is plenty of free parking.

Sign up for our mailing list (at the bottom of the page) and get a coupon for $1 off adult admission.

 

Sculptor Dennis Sparling

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This year Craftproducers is fortunate to host Dennis Sparling, one of Vermont’s best known sculptors, at both the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival and the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. His work will be on display and for sale. Sparling’s latest creation, Leonardo Da Vinci, comes in an 18 foot long trailer and is lighted for nighttime viewing. Modestly and humorously Sparling says of his return to Vermont:

I arrived in Vermont in 1970, borrowed $60 from the new Vermont Craft Council run by Dyanne Fago—went dump diving for metals and arrived at the First Bennington Craft Show to sell nothing until two people came looking for me and helped me stay and get through the next 10 years in Vermont.  Since then I have mainly sold my work out of state; until 2008 when my clientele disappeared.

Before Vermont I studied Architecture at Arizona State and U. of Washington — Built a Gallery in Pioneer Square, Seattle and collaborated with Tom Robins on “The Vincent Van Gough Donut Festival — then fled to Vermont looking for what Life was all about.  Now I know a little more of what life is about, and it is time to pack up the wagon with some above average Stories and sell my pots and pans to Act III of the American Dream.

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Entertainment at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

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Live music adds an extra air of festivity to grounds of the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. Take a break from shopping to relax in the Dining Tent and listen to some great tunes.

On Friday, Spencer Lewis will play 2 sets (12:30 and 2:30). Lewis plays a blend of classical, new-age, folk and country on an acoustic steel-stringed guitar. Have a listen below:

 

On Saturday, enjoy a revival of the Fab Four with Studio Two the Beatles Tribute. Taking listeners back to the early 60s when the Beatles took the world by storm, Studio Two relives the music, instruments, and onstage banter in performing your most favorite hits. Catch them at 12:30 and 2:30 and get a preview below:

 

Sunday brings the Bondville Boys back to the Festival stage. Hailing from right here in Vermont (“some of us are from Bondville and some of us are boys!”) the Bondville Boys play a huge assortment of music, including many original tunes and covers of everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Blondie. Stop by for sets at 12:30 and 2:30 and check them out below:

Bondville Boys: Vermont Bluegrass Jam Band from Travis Wilber on Vimeo.