Eat, Shop, Learn
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Written by Laura Arnesen
Eat, Shop, Learn: 49th Annual Craft Fair, Labor Day Weekend, Waitsfield
Picture yourself in the shadows of the beautiful Green Mountains walking through a majestic tent full of one of a kind pieces - unique gifts, keepsakes for your home, or special touches to add to your wardrobe. Pieces range from small whimsical items for a few dollars to major artwork and jewelry. I’ve been managing this Craft Fair for over 20 years and have loved watching artists evolve while helping the Valley Players Theater (the beneficiaries of the fair). It's a great family day in the heart of scenic central Vermont where kids can have fun and you can check off lots of gifts from that long holiday list.
Stop by Kenyon’s Field before or after a hike or ziplining at Sugarbush, located only a short 15 minute drive between the two locations. The Fair is Saturday & Sunday, August 31st and September 1st from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. It’s rain or shine and mostly situated under a giant tent. The Fair is host to 105 juried artists, four bands, a delicious food court including craft cocktails and local beers, door prizes, free kids' activities and more.
With so many talented local artists around the area, our goal is to share the wealth and help visitors learn our many crafts and talents. That’s why we are offering Smart Phone Photography Workshops at 11 AM and 3 PM on both days. You can take your mobile photography to the next level with Elena Kendall-Aranda, an award-winning photographer who focuses on lighting, settings, perspective and editing techniques. It’s free, just be sure to bring your phone with you. We will also have Weaving Demos with Mary Anderson of Loominations of Vermont. She will offer weaving demonstrations on a four-harness floor loom throughout the weekend. For a small fee and thirty minutes of your time, you can weave your own dish cloth to take home with you. To learn more and reserve your spot, email Loominations@gmail.com. There will also be on site registration.
Best Kept Secrets
The most unusual booth setup? Shannon Morrison of N3Potter, Waterbury, brings her Burro Camper and uses the kitchenette to set up a display of her pottery.
Custom work? Sue Carey of Marble Meadows, Wallingford, makes felted animals and will even make a small version of your pet.
The newest category of handcrafted items is Spirits and Beer. Stonecutter Spirits and Barr Hill will have tastings all day long and while selling their hand crafted spirits. Mad River Distillers and Cooperative Brewing (Valley locals) will be set up near the music tent where you can sip and listen. Interested in products from afar? DAFNI Greek Gourmet is family run and brings olive oil and other Greek products to Vermont. Wonder who is our most well-known artist at the Fair? It’s Woody Jackson of Holy Cow, Middlebury (think Ben & Jerry’s colorful cows, yes, he did their original artwork). Looking for an a-typical Craft Fair purchase? Try a mini lighthouse made from license plates by Upscale Silvertiques of Highgate Center.
At the Fair, there will be artists who teach their craft professionally, others that are authors, and some are folks with unusual sidelines like, Stuart Wilkins of Fairfield who offers his lighting and home decor to wedding planners. Our artists make items out of recycled fabric, license plates, Alpaca wool, botanicals and much more.
For the little ones, get your face painted, jump in our free bounce house and enjoy homemade ice cream and lemonade. We will have seated chair massage offerings and shopping ‘til your heart’s content. On-site event parking is free and event tickets are good for both days! Visit www.madrivercraftfair.com to learn more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (mrv_craft_fair) and be sure to tell all your friends.
Craft Fair Manager