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Marcia Wojewoda


Old Deerfield Craft Fairs

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For immediate release:

Fresh Ideas are Budding at the

9th Annual Old Deerfield Spring Sampler Craft Fair

March 31st and April 1st

Fresh ideas are budding at the 9h Annual Old Deerfield Spring Sampler, held at the Better Living Center on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA, where nearly 200 artisans and craftsmen from 14 states will gather under one roof for the pick of the season this March 31st and April 1st .


"From fanciful to fantastic, the discerning eye is sure to find the perfect gift for Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, shower or wedding gift giving, not to mention many unique home and garden accents. This year, as part of the festivities, door prizes, including $50 gas cards, will be awarded several times each day of the fair"


The Old Deerfield Spring Craft Fair is designed both to inspire yard and garden enthusiasts and to meet this season's gift giving needs. Nothing is more associated with family, love, and admiration than a handcrafted gift. What better place to find thousands of affordable crafted with pride in America, gift ideas for all your important spring moments. Wojewoda adds "This year we are adding plant and potting techniques, and on Sunday of the fair, the latest knitting ideas from Northampton Wools and Ukrainian egg decorating by Carol Kostecki." Demontration times can be found on the craft fair website at www.deerfield-craft.com.


The Spring Sampler is no ordinary craft fair. Now in its ninth year, the Spring Sampler carries on the thirty-two year tradition of fine craftsmanship synonymous with the Old Deerfield Craft Fair name. Because Old Deerfield Craft Fair artisans are recognized for their creativeness and skill in artistry, the Sampler attracts a very high caliber exhibitor in a wide range of categories including quilts, glass, jewelry, wood, photography, live music, and gourmet foods. In addition to the many returning favorites, 45 new exhibitors will be on hand to display their unique and creative approach to their crafts.


"Outdoor and garden enthusiasts will especially delight in the array of yard and garden crafts from birdhouses, garden stakes, garden furniture, to house and garden flags. And new to the spring fair this year will be the beautiful, ingenious and amusing garden sculptures, crafted out of old New England farming implements and garden tools by James Kitchen in may sizes from petite to statuesque, " relates Wojewoda.


The Spring Sampler is held for charitable purposes. It is one of the four fund-raising Old Deerfield Craft Fairs produced by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, a non-profit educational organization founded in 1870. "Deerfield, Massachusetts has been an important center of the crafts revival for 100 years," according to Timothy C. Neumann, director of the organization that operates Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield. Neumann also informs that, "The money raised at our craft fairs funds everything from the museum's school groups and children's craft classes, to museum exhibits and the new Deerfield Teachers' Center. More than 72 schools in 46 communities from the Vermont border down into Northern Connecticut benefited from PVMA/Museums of Deerfield programs each year."


A value-packed subscription package to the recently launched new magazine 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' will be sold at a special booth at the fair. One twelve-month subscription will cost just $5. "The magazine is a lot like the Old Deerfield craft fairÉit features fun and laughter, relationships, food travel, style books, entertainment, music, health, shopping and adventure, " explains Wojewoda. Sampler Fair visitors can sign up at the 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' booth for free prizes.


The April Sampler hours are Saturday and Sunday, March 31st and April 1st, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Two food concessions, spacious park benches, and wide carpeted aisles combine to make for a pleasant visitor experience. Ample ESE parking is available. Craft Fair attendees with the dated show parking receipt may redeem their ESE parking receipt for one adult admission pass to the upcoming Summer Craft Fair.


For further information and online discount coupons go to www.deerfield-craft.org, or call 413-774-7476, ext. 18.