Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

After a rousing success in 2013, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is returning to Camelot Village in Bennington August 1, 2, & 3. 150 artists and artisans will display and sell their own handcrafted creations. The exhibitors will be housed in Camelot tents. In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic juggling, and Vermont Craft Beers. The Festival is open on Friday and Saturday from 10a to 5p and Sunday from 10a to 4p. Admission is just $8.00. Parking is free. No Pets Please.

Don’t miss the Bennington Arts Weekend Paint Out! August 1-3, 2014

 All day Friday, August 1, watch professional “plein-air” painters render the best scenes of downtown Bennington into finished and framed oil paintings and watercolors. Then see the results and the jury for prizewinners at 5 pm in the BBC downtown Welcome Center, 215 South St.

On Saturday and Sunday, August 2 & 3, all of the paintings will be displayed together and offered for sale at the Southern VT Art & Craft Festival in Camelot Village, Rte. 9 West.  What an incredible weekend for the Arts!!

 

  • Now in its second year in Bennington, word has gotten out among the artists and artisans. ‘Bennington is back!” Seemingly, memories of the former craft show in Bennington were vividly alive. After 30 years the craft community still remembered the original craft market. The public came out in droves and avidly bought an abundance of craftworks. With such stellar sales, the grapevine spread the news. In 2014 there will be more exhibitors and the quality of craftwork will be improved.

     

    Don’t miss the Bennington Arts Weekend Paint Out! August 1-3, 2014

     

    All day Friday, August 1, watch professional “plein-air” painters render the best scenes of downtown Bennington into finished and framed oil paintings and watercolors. Then see the results and the jury for prizewinners at 5 pm in the BBC downtown Welcome Center, 215 South St.

    On Saturday and Sunday, August 2 & 3, all of the paintings will be displayed together and offered for sale at the Southern VT Art & Craft Festival in Camelot Village, Rte. 9 West.  What an incredible weekend for the Arts!!

     

  • There is a different musical act daily: Saints and Liars on Friday, Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen on Saturday, and The Bondville Boys on Sunday. Comic juggler Jason Pipitone will provide the laughs with daily intermittent shows.

    Bob Stannard is an eighth generational Vermonter, who’s been playing and singing the blues since 1969 when he quit playing the drums and took up the harmonica. A self-taught blues harmonica player and singer now endorsed by SEYDEL Harmonicas of Germany, Mr. Stannard has enjoyed playing for a variety of audiences around the world. Mr. Stannard has played with numerous musicians throughout the world including Sandra Wright of Nashville and the late Big Joe Burrell; formerly of the BB King band.  He has also played with Rick RedingtonDuane Carleton.  He had Dennis Wilmott, Tommy Buckley, Jason Corbiere and Nick Sherman and Bill Carruth  join him on one of his albums, which also included guest appearances from Grammy and W.C. Handy award winning pianist, David Maxwell and west coast harmonica virtuoso, Mark Hummell.

    Since 1990, the Bondville Boys have played hard-edged bluegrass throughout Western New England, sharing the stage with Del McCoury, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Buddy Cage, and the Gibson Brothers, among others. The group currently has two live records with a new studio album “Rivergrass” now available.

     

  • What’s a Festival without great food? This one will deliver delicious choices: falafel, chicken wraps, vegetarian curry, steak sandwiches, Chinese dumplings, sesame noodles, Greek salad, sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches, French fries, espresso and lattes, lemonade, ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs, and kettle corn. There is served in a lovely food court under the shade of tall maple trees where picnic tables are available.  A dining tent with tables and chairs provides shelter for eating and listening to the live music.

  • Kids Zone with children’s arts activities and face painting.

  • The show is hosted at Camelot Village, home of the Southern Vermont Garlic Festival. Camelot Village is worth a visit on its own. It is a sprawling multi-leveled barn full of antiques, collectibles, and furniture. The Festival is located on their lawns and pathways. The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held August 1, 2, and 3 at Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, on route 9, a little over  a mile west of the Intersection of routes 7 and 9 in downtown Bennington. The Festival is open 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and parking is free. Rain or shine- under tents. No dogs, please.