The first-rate selection of artisans, charming location and other attractions has earned the Old Deerfield Craft Fair prestigious accolades. Yankee Magazine has named the craft fair as one of the top 20 events in New England and as the top 3 in Massachusetts! Sunshine Artist Magazine, a leading publication for the arts and crafts movement in the United States, has also ranked the Old Deerfield Fall Craft Fairs among the best for many years.
A juried event, the Old Deerfield Craft Fair selects its exhibitors based on the quality of their work. The variety of crafts includes: wood workings, pottery, decorative painting, photography, jewelry, fine art, sculpture, fiber and apparel, specialty soaps, mixed media , specialty foods and more.
The Old Deerfield Craft Fairs are organized to benefit the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of crafts and the history of our surrounding Deerfield area.
Your destination for the best handcrafted gifts New England has to offer!
November 19 & 20, 2016
Sat 9-6 Sun 10-4
Two days of fantastic arts and crafts,
scrumptious specialty foods,
and live music!
Surround yourself with one of a kind crafts and meet over 230 artisans.
Offering fine art, clothing, glass, pottery, woodworking,jewelry,
handmade toys and more!
Held at the Eastern States Exposition Center, inside the Better Living Center, West Springfield, MA
Admission is $8 for Adults Kids 12 and under FREE
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The award-winning 29th Annual Old Deerfield Holiday Sampler Fair will return to the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Ma Saturday and Sunday November 19th and 20th. The Sampler features over 230 juried artisan crafters who display and sell crafts of fine and functional art, in the Better Living Center.
Rated as the number one Holiday Craft Fair in Massachusetts by Yankee Magazine (2015), the Sampler has colorful and creative booths displaying a full range of traditional and contemporary crafts including, but not limited to: jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor, bath and body products, specialty foods, accessories, and the finest handcrafted holiday gifts.
This year the Holiday Sampler will feature over 40 new crafters. Some of the fresh faces to check out this year include Mary Angus of Readsboro Glassworks, VT who will be showcasing her elegant glass blown items, ranging from perfume bottles to candy cane themed ornaments.
Two new jewelers not to miss are Sasha Walsh of Sasha Walsh Designs, Boston, MA who will share her fantastic avant-garde silver and gold jewelry as well as Julia Britell Designs of Pittsfield, MA who will have a collection of original and elegant designs that have been silversmithed to perfection.
Children’s book author, Lauryn Wendus of Oliver Poons Children’s Co., will be sharing her story of the adventures of a cat named Oliver Poon, along with his other animal friends.
Favorite returning artists include: Shibumi Silks of Wallingford, CT who will demonstrate their hand dying techniques on silks and also will offer an opportunity for shoppers to purchase and create their own original silk creations at the fair.Potter, Kyle Gallaway of Inspiration and Creation Studio, Somers, CT will be demonstrating how to use a potter’s wheel and encourages children and adults alike to try it out. The Western Mass Wood Turners will be demonstrating a wide range of wood working and turning techniques, along with returning painter Michael Wolski of Becket, MA.
Live performances will create a festive beat to the fair with music for all, including fiddle and bass duo, Annika Amstutz and Daniel Plane; Jazz pianist Stephen Page, and Bella Voce Duo, with pianist, Michael Rheault. Also there will be Matt Rogers of No Words Required on chapman stick and John Tercyak on guitar and vocals.
All weekend, children can explore the quintessential western Massachusetts miniature village, circa 1897, preparing for their country holiday celebrations. Located to the left of the end of the red carpet at the fair, the village includes a school house, general store, church, bank, book shop, and much more. Crafted by Beverly Kidder in one inch to the foot scale, these carefully made, fully lit displays capture a moment in time, tell a story, and convey our holiday traditions. Children 12 and under may choose a free miniature gift at the display table.
On Sunday, families can come and enjoy free crafting activities, watch and dance to Annie and the Natural Wonderband, and listen to the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. Plus meet the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Pioneer Valley Ballet’s Nutcracker!
Held inside the Young Building at the Eastern States Exposition Center, W. Springfield, MA
Admission $7 adults both days, children 6-12 $1 on Saturday All children under 12 are free on Sunday Family Day!
The Old Deerfield Fall Arts and Crafts Festival returns for its 41st season this September 17 & 18, 2016
Held on the lush and beautiful grounds surrounding Memorial Hall Museum, over 150 artisans will gather, display, demonstrate and sell their unique hand made crafts.
Shoppers can expect to find one of a kind woodworkings, jewelry, apparel, glass, pottery, furniture, prints, creative mixed media arts and more .
Take a rest in the awesome patio furniture garden from Tony Derricotte of Wood and Barrel Co.
Although the main draw of the festival is the amazing collection of artists from near and far, shoppers can also enjoy additional free attractions.
Join the Tea Guys for a tasting in the garden!
New this year, fairgoers can delight in an elegant tea tasting hosted by the Tea Guys, outside in the Museum gardens. They will be sharing their favorite fall flavors with you as well as some scrumptious appetizer bites.
Another new taste to try this year is local and delicious, Holyoke Hummus Co. ,
plus Bart's Ice Cream will be returning and serving up their sweet scoops, as well as many other chocolate, cookie and specialty food artisans.
Explore inside Memorial Hall Museum and view their ongoing and newly aquired exhibits.
Enjoy live music from Sergei Novokov, John Tercyak, Matt Rogers and D.J.Dan Torres, and fiddle and base duo, Annika Amstutz and Daniel Plane
There is something wonderful for every member of the family at the Fall Festival!
All weekend families can participate in free crafting and dinosaur themed activities.
Free admission for children under 12 and special performances on Sunday.
Sunday is being deemed Family Day at the Old Deerfield Fall Arts and Crafts Festival this year. On Sunday only, all children 12 or under can attend the fair at no cost, have their face painted, enjoy free live performances from the
Inside the Children's classroom the little ones can take part in free crafting activities and learn some fun facts about dinosaurs from the Jurassic Roadshow, a project put on by Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.
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The festival is a rain or shine event - Click here for hourly weather updates
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Delve into all of the smells, styles,and sounds of fall at the Old Deerfield Arts and Crafts Festival, Septemer 17 & 18, 2016
All of the Old Deerfield Craft Fairs are juried events.
All applicants need to submit 5 craft images, 1 image of booth set up and an application to be considered.
Please click on forms to download the application and rules
If you are applying to be a specialty food crafter you need to submit an application and a Temporary Food Permit to the town in which the event is being held.
For the Fall Festival, forms need to submitted to the town of Deerfield Health Dept. and for the Spring and or Holiday Fair, forms need to be submitted to the town of West Springfield Health Dept.
If you are applying as a Fall Food Court Vendor please contact John O'Neill directly for information and forms 1 413 774 7476 ext. 19
Temporary Food Permit in Deerfield needto be submitted atleast 30 days before the start date of the Fair.
Temporary Food Permit and application for fairs held in West Springfield must be sent to the craft fair office atleast 60 days pior to the fair start date, if accepted you must then submit your Temporary Food Permit to the West Springfield Health Dept. 30 days prior to the show.
The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) of Deerfield, Massachusetts is a non-profit, membership-based cultural and historical organization incorporated by an official act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1870. The Old Deerfield Craft Fairs serve as one of the main fundraising branches for PVMA.
Please visit their website www.deerfield-ma.org