Artists Gather in Southern Vermont

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MANCHESTER VT — For the 21st year, over 150 Artisans from around the country will gather for the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival to be held October 4, 5, & 6 at the Practice Tee at Riley Rink. The original Hildene Craft Festival, this weekend event has an updated name and has changed location due to Hildene’s decision to return their grounds to agricultural purposes. The new Practice Tee at Riley Rink location promises easy access from Highway 7A, beautiful views of the Green Mountain foliage, and solid footing for Exhibitors and Festival visitors alike.

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The Festival is participating in American Craft Week, October 4-13, a nationwide celebration of American craft in all 50 states. “Craft embodies our national history and heritage” says Festival promoter Charley Dooley of Craftproducers. “By taking part in this celebration, Craftproducers is embracing the practice of purchasing high-quality, American made products while shopping locally.”

Festival-goers will enjoy an incredible variety of Fine Art and Craftwork for sale from jury-selected Exhibitors. Discover delightfully whimsical artwork from Vermont painter Kimberlee Forney (www.kimforney.com), contemporary earth-toned pottery and handwoven textiles from husband/wife team Art and Cynthia Baird (www.artbairdpottery.com), and unique inlaid wooden instruments from Dan Williams of the Woodrow String Instrument Company (www.thewoodrow.com), as well as jewelry, clothing, toys, and so much more. The popular Specialty Foods tent will feature many wonderful treats to take home – jams and jellies, chocolate, hot sauce, baked goods, cooking sauces, wines, and spirits.

All this and more: live music, comic juggling, Vermont craft beer on tap, food vendors selling hamburgers, sweet and savory crepes, tacos, wood-fire oven pizza… At the height of foliage season in beautiful Southern Vermont, this is a family-friendly weekend event not to be missed!

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