Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival Kicks Off American Craft Week in Vermont

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When the cooler days of​ ​autumn​ ​approach,​ ​that’s​ ​when​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​festival​ ​season​ heats up. ​Craftproducers​ ​​ ​kicks off​ ​the Fall Foliage season​ ​in​ ​Vermont​ ​with​ ​​​31st​ ​​​ ​Annual​ ​Manchester​ ​Fall​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Craft​ ​Festival​. ​The show ​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​October 4 through 6​ ​at​ ​Riley​ ​Rink​ ​on​ ​Route​ ​7A,​ ​a​ ​mile​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half​ ​north of​ ​downtown​ ​Manchester,​ ​Vermont.​ ​It​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​cozy​ ​confines​ ​of​ ​Riley​ ​Rink and expands outdoors with array of exhibitors, the food court and a dining tent, lending a festive mood.  There are 40 or so exhibitors outdoors and 110 inside the building. 

According​ ​to​ ​organizers​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week,​ ​“While​ ​other​ ​industry​ ​associations​ ​have​ ​long​ ​touted their ​ ​products,​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​industry​ ​has​ ​lacked​ ​a​ ​single​ ​way​ ​to​ ​be​ ​highly​ ​visible.​ ​​ ​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.”​ ​​ ​As​ ​one​ ​craft​ ​artist​ ​put​ ​it,​ ​”this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​creative​ economy!” 

The ​ Manchester show ​features​ ​140 ​ ​artists​ ​and​ ​artisans​ ​displaying​ ​and​ ​selling​ ​traditional​ ​and​ ​contemporary crafts ​ ​and​ ​original​ ​art​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​specialty​ ​food​ ​section.​ The exhibitors are a fascinating group of people. “Meet the artists! Hear their stories! And buy their work!” says producer, Tim Cianciola. In fact many customers start and finish their holiday gift buying at the show.

​ ​While​ ​craft​ ​shopping,​ ​customers​ ​are​ ​delighted with great food, and Vermont craft beers.  Adding to the ambience there are several exhibitors who demonstrate in the outdoor area.         

​Once ​ ​again,​ ​the​ ​Manchester​ ​Fall​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Craft​ ​Festival​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​October 4-6​ ​at Riley ​ ​Rink.​ ​Hours​ ​are​ ​10-5​ ​daily,​ ​Friday​ ​through​ ​Sunday.​ ​Adult​ ​admission​ ​is​ ​$10,​ ​children​ ​are​ ​free.​ ​Rain or​ ​shine-inside​ ​building and outdoors. Saturday is Health Awareness Day with MVP and its RV and staff sharing tips for a healthy lifestyle. ​ ​Free​ ​parking.​ ​No​ ​pets; service animals only.​ ​Complete​ ​information​ ​is​ ​available​ ​at Craftproducers.com.

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