Spirited Away

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First it was cheese. Then craft beer. Now it’s distilled spirits. And like Vermont Cheese and Vermont Craft Beers, Vermont Spirits are winning awards and raising the bar (no pun intended) for whiskey, rum, rye, vodka, and gin.

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At the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, we are very pleased to welcome five fabulous distilled spirits Exhibitors:

Whistle Pig 100% Rye Whiskey – Award winning and one of the best whiskeys in the world.

Dunc’s Mill – the longest running distillery in Vermont, distilling small batches of rum made from scratch.

Saxton’s River Distillery – featuring Maple Liqueur, Maple Bourbon, and Maple Rye.

Caledonia Spirits – award winning gin and vodka made with honey.

Appalachian Gap – making a variety of spirits from their solar powered distillery.

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Samples will be available at the Festival, and you can purchase your favorites right on the spot and take the bottles home to enjoy later with friends and family. Gift shopping? look no further! These wonderfully crafted spirits will please even the most discerning palette.

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First and last photo via Whistle Pig Whiskey, Middle photo via Appalachian Gap Distillery

CERF’s “At the Ready” Fund

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For 30 years, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, or CERF+, has helped artists get back on their feet after personal and natural disasters. Providing immediate financial aid through grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment, CERF+ allows artists from all over the USA to get back on their feet and back to creating.

Donations to CERF+’s “At the Ready” Fund will be matched by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Help support American Artists and keep our creative economy strong. Donate to CERF+ today!

Bennington Top-Ranked in Arts Vibrancy Index

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Bennington, Vermont: Quaint Vermont village, historical hot-spot, and top-ranked in National Center for Arts Research Arts Vibrancy Index! The recently published  NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index: Hotbeds of America’s Arts and Culture includes Bennington in the top 20 Arts Vibrant Medium and Small Cities, even ranking higher than its more well-known artsy neighbor to the North, Burlington VT. “Bennington, VT is home to a diverse population of visual artists who are community oriented and take part in public art projects, individual showings and non-profit events,” the article reports.”Visual artists, film makers, and musicians are drawn to the area.”

Craftproducers is proud to be a part of this community of Artists, Artisans, and Arts Supporters with our Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

A gorgeous day in Bennington, Vermont

A gorgeous day at the Art and Craft Festival in Bennington, Vermont

A New Year of Great Art and Craft Festivals!

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Happy New Year! At Craftproducers we are looking forward to a new year of successful and enjoyable Festivals. We have great things in store for 2015!

We begin the year with the Crafts Pavilion at the New England Home Shows in Boston and Foxborough, MA. These extremely popular home shows are augmented by the addition of a dedicated handmade art and craft section organized by Craftproducers. Fine art, clothing, fine furniture, and more will be on display. These shows are coming up quickly – Boston in February and Foxborough in March! You can find out more about the New England Home Shows here, and even buy tickets in advance.

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Craftproducers own fine Art and Craft Festivals begin June 19-21 in Saratoga Springs, NY with the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival. This is the second anniversary of this Festival which features over 150 fine art and craft Exhibitors set up in soaring Camelot tents. Specialty foods, food and beverages to eat on site (including beer and wine!), and live music create an exciting and festive atmosphere, and then of course there are the balloons! Hot air balloons will be launched each morning and evening (weather allowing – high winds can be dangerous and we are all about safety at the SBCF!) and tickets for this once in a lifetime experience can be purchased prior to the show at www.balloonandcraft.com. On Saturday and Sunday evenings the Festival will be open late for the magical Balloon Glow – over 15 tethered hot air balloons lit from within, with live music and concessions. Don’t miss it!

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Next up is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, July 31- August 2, a southern Vermont summer tradition that was moved from Manchester to Bennington three years ago. Bennington has proven a delightful home for the Festival, with a supportive arts community and easy access for visitors from the surrounding areas including Albany, Saratoga Springs and northern Massachusetts. Come meet and purchase fine handcrafted items from over 150 Exhibitors, enjoy great food and live music, and then explore lovely and historic Bennington, Vermont. This weekend kicks off the newly formed Bennington Art Week.

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Moving into Autumn, we have the 27th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, October 2-4 in Manchester, Vermont. Surrounded by the green mountains with their flaming orange and gold foliage, the setting is nearly as impressive as the art and craftwork within the tents. The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an institution in southern Vermont. Formerly known as the Hildene Festival, the name and location have changed along the way but the quality and production of the Festival remain top-notch. Around 200 Exhibitors include fine art, furniture, clothing, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood products, and more and many Exhibitors demonstrate their craft techniques in their booths. A separate tent is home to a selection of Specialty Food Exhibitors – jams and jellies, maple syrup, salsas, and locally distilled spirits and liqueurs. Head over to the Dining Tent when you need a break, sit down with a plate of great food and a glass of beer or wine, and enjoy live music until you are ready to shop once more!

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The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is our northern Vermont equivalent to the Manchester show. Taking place the following weekend – October 9-11 – just outside the quaint village of Stowe, this Festival is usually right at the peak of the Vermont foliage color. Stowe is a destination year round, but if you want to experience a Vermont Autumn this is the time and place. 200 Exhibitors, Specialty Foods, craft demonstrations, great food and beverages, live music and entertainment combine to make this a not to be missed family weekend event. The Festival takes place at the Stowe Events Field, which is located on the Stowe Bike Path for easy access from the village and on up into the resort and mountains.

October Art and Craft Festival in Manchester Vermont

We end the 2015 Festival season with a brand new show! The First Ever Queen City Art and Craft Show in Manchester, New Hampshire will take place October 30-November 1. We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting new adventure soon!

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We are beginning a new year with unlimited potential and we plan to make the most of it. We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 Fine Art and Craft Festivals!

The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Returns to the Stowe Events Field

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The Stowe Events Field, located right on the bike and pedestrian trails just outside the beautiful village of Stowe, is once again hosting the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival this coming weekend, October 10-12.

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With close to 200 art and craft Exhibitors, specialty foods and spirits, food and beer, and live entertainment, the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is the perfect way to enjoy a crisp autumn weekend in the Green Mountains during peak foliage season. This is a family friendly event, with comic juggling, ice cream, and crafters demonstrating traditional and innovative techniques of their art.

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Bring your friends and family, but out of respect for the Exhibitors who bring their handcrafted creations for your enjoyment please leave your pets at home. There is plenty of free parking and easy access to the festival from the Stowe bike path. Adult admission is $10 for the day or $12 for the entire weekend, kids under 12 are free. Get a coupon for $1 off adult admission when you join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the page for the sign up form).

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Opening Day at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival!

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Starting today!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am-5pm

Art, Craft, Food, Music and more at The Practice Tee, Hunter Park Road in Manchester, Vermont.
Bring your friends and family and enjoy a beautiful weekend in picturesque Manchester.

Details here >>>

 

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.

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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).

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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…

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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.

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

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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.

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

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When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. The 23rd Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont. The Festival will be held October 3 through 5 at the Practice Tee on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of the new roundabout in downtown Manchester, Vermont.

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Coming to the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”

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While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. Along with craft organizations across the USA, Vermont is a leader in supporting American Craft Week. American Craft Week is held 10 days in October and the hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces.  The crafts industry contributes to our nation’s economy and the fabric of our national history. Craftwork is original, beautiful and enduring.  

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The Manchester show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food tent. Exhibitors are housed in large Camelot tents, tents transformed into veritable cathedrals of creativity. While craft shopping, customers are delighted with culinary choices served by local restaurants and food trucks. The Dining Tent, which is heated, offers tables and chairs with a relaxed ambience. Vermont craft beers are served to accompany the luncheon plates. Live music will be played here too.  Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos and a Vermont Cheese Tent.

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As part of the American Craft Week celebration in Vermont, the Vermont Craft Council is planning its Fall Open Studio Weekend on October 4 and 5. Maps will be available at the Festival so craft show patrons may also visit those studios local to Manchester. For more details about the Open Studio Weekend, visit VermontCrafts.com.

Once again, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be held October 3-5 at the Practice Tee in Manchester. Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-under tents. Plenty of free parking. No pets, please.

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