Manchester Craft Fair
The 28th annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont. The Festival will be held Friday, September 30 and Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, at the Practice Tee on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of downtown Manchester. The show will feature 150 artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food tent with culinary choices served by local restaurants and food trucks. Vermont craft beers will be available. There will be live entertainment each day, as well as craft demonstrations. Jeffrey Gale will showcase his traditional basket making skills all three days. His baskets are widely collected by individuals and Museums – including the Smithsonian. Jonathan Woodward will be demonstrating how he creates his Raku pottery, and the American Museum of Fly Fishing will offer fly tying and casting instruction, ranging from beginner lessons to a specific course that teaches the nuances of casting with classic bamboo and fiberglass rods. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Adult admission is $10; children are free. The event will be held rain or shine under tents. There is plenty of free parking. Please leave your pets at home. Complete information is available at craftproducers.com.
The Vermont Craft Council is planning its Fall Open Studio Weekend October 1 and 2. Maps will be available at the Festival so craft show patrons can visit those studios local to the area during their visit; to learn more, visit vermontcrafts.com.