Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: July 31 to August 2, 2015

 

37th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival Returns to Bennington, VT, July 31 to August 2

 

Kicking off Bennington’s Arts Week, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival features over 150 fine art and craft exhibitors; specialty foods and Vermont-distilled spirits; delightful dining; and live entertainment. Formerly the summer Hildene Festival in Manchester, this is their third year in Bennington.

 

Potter Jonathan Woodward of Clinton, NY at his booth at Festival View Larger Image

 

Bennington, Vermont, July 2, 2015 - After two successful years in Bennington, the 37th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is once again returning to Camelot Village in Bennington July 31, August 1 & 2. 150 artists and artisans will display and sell their own handcrafted creations. The artists and artisans will be housed in Camelot style tents. In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic magicians, and Vermont craft beers.
 
Bennington was without a major craft show since the American Crafts Council departed Mount Anthony High School in 1972. In 2013 Craftproducers brought its famous Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival to Bennington. This event had been held at Hildene in Manchester for nearly 30 years. When Hildene announced that its Meadows would be converted into agricultural pasture land, Craftproducers was left without a venue for its summer show as well as the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. As necessity is often the mother of invention, Craftproducers listened to the overtures of the Bennington community and decided to move the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival there. Manchester’s loss became Bennington's gain. Craftproducers Fall Manchester event was successfully moved to The Practice Tee at Riley Rink in 2013.
 
Now in its third year in Bennington, word has gotten out among the artists and artisans. “Bennington is back!” Even after 40 years the craft community still remembers the original craft market. The public has come out in droves and avidly bought an abundance of craft-works. With such stellar sales, the grapevine spread the news. While the Festival has enjoyed an auspicious start, unless there is continued public support, the exhibitors will turn to more lucrative shows in larger markets.
 
Many Bennington organizations are helping to create Bennington Arts Weekend, built around the Art/Craft Festival. On Friday July 31, Better Bennington Corporation has many activities planned. Under the umbrella of Bennington Arts Weekend, festivities will take place all around downtown Friday evening, July 31. Several galleries, the Masonic Temple, and the Village Chocolate Shoppe will take part. On Saturday there will be a Craft of Homebrewing Competition at Four Corners North at the intersection of County and North Streets from noon until 4PM. A free shuttle bus will run between the Art/Craft Festival and the Competition during those hours. Other Bennington Arts Weekend events will be announced before July 18.
 
The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is hosted at Camelot Village, also home of the Southern Vermont Garlic Festival. Camelot Village is worth a visit on its own. It is a sprawling multilevel barn full of antiques, collectibles, and furniture. The Festival is located on their lawns and pathways. There is 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 lunch and listening to the live music.
 
There is a different musical act daily. Friday offers The Bondville Boys known for their original, eclectic roots and blues; Saturday centers on Spencer Lewis, musician, composer, and explorer; he appears with his Vermont Folk Rock project; Sunday concludes with Bucky O'Hare, a soulful blues outfit that stretches the boundaries of the genre into jazz, funk, country and rock. All acts appear at Noon and two o’clock daily.
 
What’s a Festival without great food? This one will deliver delicious choices: falafel, chicken wraps, steak sandwiches, Greek salad, sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches, French fries, espresso and lattes, lemonade, ice cream, hamburgers and hot dogs, and authentic tacos. An assortment of Vermont craft beers will be served as well as a selection of summertime wines.
 
For children there is a Kids Zone that will offer face painting, pony rides, and comic magicians.
 
The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held July 31, August 1 & 2 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, $2 children 5-17. Rain or shine- under tents. No dogs are allowed.

 

For more information and the latest details, visit http://craftproducers.com/festivals/37th-annual-southern-vermont-art-craft-festival

 

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Leather designer, Charles (Chick) Donofrio of Danbury, CT, exhibiting at Festival

 

Jeweler Sara Gay Klebanoff of Manchester, VT, exhibitor at Festival

 

Fiber artist Ellen Howard of Pawlet, VT, exhibitor at Festival

 

         

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Tim Cianciola

Email: tim@craftproducers.com

Phone: (802) 425-3399

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 Condensed Version  

 

37th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival Returns to Bennington, VT, July 31 to August 2

After two successful years in Bennington, the 37th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is once again returning to Camelot Village in Bennington July 31, August 1 & 2. 150 artists and artisans will display and sell their own handcrafted creations. The artists and artisans will be housed in Camelot style tents. In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic magicians, and Vermont Craft Beers. Many Bennington organizations are helping to create Bennington Arts Weekend, built around the Art/Craft Festival. On Friday July 31, Better Bennington Corporation has many activities planned. Under the umbrella of Bennington Arts Weekend, festivities will take place all around downtown Friday evening, July 31. Several galleries, the Masonic Temple, and the Village Chocolate Shoppe will take part. On Saturday there will be a Craft of Homebrewing Competition at Four Corners North at the intersection of County and North Streets from noon until 4PM. A free shuttle bus will run between the Art/Craft Festival and the Competition during those hours. Other Bennington Arts Weekend events will be announced before July 18. There is a different musical act daily. The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, on Route 9. The Festival is open 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 Adult, $2 children 5-17. Rain or shine- under tents. No dogs are allowed. For more information and the latest details, visit http://craftproducers.com/festivals/37th-annual-southern-vermont-art-craft-festival

 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: 37th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival

Event Date: July 31 to August 2, 2015

Event Location: Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT

Admission: $8 Adult, $2 children 5-17

Full Event Information: http://craftproducers.com/festivals/37th-annual-southern-vermont-art-craft-festival

Contact: Tim Cianciola, tim@craftproducers.com, (802) 425-3399

Description: After two successful years in Bennington, the 37th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is once again returning to Camelot Village in Bennington July 31, August 1 & 2. 150 artists and artisans will display and sell their own handcrafted creations. The artists and artisans will be housed in Camelot style tents. In addition to the arts and crafts, there will be a Kids Zone, a food court, music, comic magicians, and Vermont Craft Beers.

 


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