Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: September 17 to 18, 2016

 

41st Annual Old Deerfield Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, Deerfield, MA, September 17 & 18

 

Held in one of New England's most beautiful villages,175 artisans will display, demonstrate and sell their unique handmade crafts.  Visitors can expect to find one of a kind woodworking, jewelry, apparel, glass, pottery, furniture, prints, paintings,  creative mixed media art, and much more.

 

Tracy Lizotte Studio

 

Deerfield, Massachusetts, August 29, 2016 - The Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Festival, held in the center of one of New England’s most beautiful villages (8 Memorial Street, Deerfield), returns for its 41st year Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18. Event times are Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4. Admission is $7 adults both days, $1 for children 6-12 on Saturday and children 12 and under are free on Sunday.
 
“The village of Old Deerfield is widely recognized for its association with the international Arts and Crafts Movement of 125 years ago,” according to Tim Neumann, founder of the fair in the mid-1970’s and long-time executive director of Deerfield’s non-profit Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association which benefits from the fair proceeds.  “The Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Festival carries on the earlier artistic and craft tradition of the village with both traditional and contemporary artisans. This year Craft Fair Coordinator Ella Colton and her team have brought together 175 artisans who will create a vibrant marketplace.”
 
Held on the lush and beautiful grounds surrounding Memorial Hall Museum, these 175 artisans will display, demonstrate and sell their unique handmade crafts.  Visitors can expect to find one of a kind woodworking, jewelry, apparel, glass, pottery, furniture, prints, paintings,  creative mixed media art, and much more.
 
“Many popular artisans are returning with some exciting additions,” reports Ella Colton, Coordinator.  “For example, three new additions to the festival artists, Marty Phinney, Kristen Blaker, and Piper Foreso, are creating garden sculpture installations around the grounds."
 
“Free children’s programs and a children’s book sale will be held in the Children’s Activity Hall, with crafting activities and some fun with dinosaurs and fossils from the Jurassic Road Show. Very importantly, Sunday will be Family Day. On Sunday only, all children 12 and under can attend the fair at no cost, have their faces painted, and enjoy free live performances from the Dinoman and Annie and the Natural Wonderband.  
 
All tracks lead to Dinoman with magic, merry mayhem and magnificent props. The whole family can rock out to original songs by the Natural Wonderband.
 
“Also this year, fairgoers can delight in the Deerfield Tea Party, a free, tea tasting hosted by the Tea Guys based in Whately, Massachusetts, one of New England’s most respected tea blenders since 2002.  The festival’s newest business sponsor the Tea Guys will be sharing their favorite fall flavors, as well as some scrumptious appetizer bites, under a festive tent in the elegant Memorial Hall Museum gardens. The first 1,000 visitors to stop by the Tea Guys garden party will receive a small free gift.  On Sunday, the first 500 stopping by the Tea Guys’ party will receive a sample pack of Tea Guys teas (one per family).  Both days, everyone can enter the drawings for a $75 basket of Tea Guys wares.  There will also be Tea Guys discount coupons available in the free festival guide that visitors can pick up at the admission gates, good for purchases at the Tea Guys sales booth adjacent to the festival garden tea party, at their Whately tea room, or for purchases from their website.
 
The festival’s long-time corporate sponsor, Yankee Candle Village, is expanding its booth with a selection of beeswax candles, additive free, and all natural.
 
“These candles are hand-made start to finish in the Yankee Candle Village Museum workshop,” explained Jay Gerace of Yankee Candle Village. “Pillars are hand poured and tapers are hand dipped on large dipping wheels.  Our molded ornament creations follow the German tradition of shaping beeswax in gingerbread molds. Shop at our festival booth and pick up a $20 off coupon for purchases at the Yankee Candle Village.”
 
Visitors can learn about going green at the Sungevity Booth.  Sungevity, also a festival sponsor, is a global solar energy provider focused on making it easy and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power.
 
Specialty foods and an expansive food tent are an important part of the festival. A new taste to try this year is Holyoke Hummus Company.  Bart's Ice Cream is returning, serving their sweet scoops, alongside many other chocolate, cookie, and specialty food artisans.
 
“Everyone is welcome to delve into all the smells, tastes, sounds and styles of fall at the Old Deerfield Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, September 17 & 18. Admission is $7 adults both days, $1 for children 6-12 on Saturday and children 12 and under are free on Sunday,” invited Colton.
 
For details, schedule of events, list of exhibitors, and discount coupons visit the recently redesigned Old Deerfield Craft

 

Fair website at www.deerfield-craft.org

 

Asparagus --- Kristen Blaker of Kristen B Studio

 

 

Nericcio Leather

 

Nurabela Jewelry by Nurit Niskala

 

 

Diana Boyle , Gourd in Hand Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Ella Colton

Email: ecolton@deerfield.history.museum

Phone: (413) 774-7476

 

Old Deerfield Craft Fair

Deerfield, Massachusetts

Web: www.deerfield-craft.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Old Deerfield Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

Event Date: September 17 to 18, 2016

Event Time: Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Event Location: 8 Memorial Street Deerfield, Massachusetts

Admission: $7 adults both days, $1 for children 6-12 on Saturday and children 12 and under are free on Sunday

Web: www.deerfield-craft.org

Contact: Ella Colton, ecolton@deerfield.history.museum, (413) 774-7476

Description: The Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Festival, held in the center of one of New England’s most beautiful villages (8 Memorial Street, Deerfield), returns for its 41st year Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18. Event times are Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4. Admission is $7 adults both days, $1 for children 6-12 on Saturday and children 12 and under are free on Sunday. Held in one of New England's most beautiful villages,175 artisans will display, demonstrate and sell their unique handmade crafts.  Visitors can expect to find one of a kind woodworking, jewelry, apparel, glass, pottery, furniture, prints, paintings,  creative mixed media art, and much more.

 


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