The Dome is back! The Great New England Fall Craft & Artisan Show 2017 went off like clockwork with the stellar organization for this event and it was so "great" to be in the dome again.
Only a few days before the event, 2 of the pictures I submitted for photos were used in advertising (my 3-tier Art Jam Bridge Fest donation heart and a rose heart) and I had sold them at the last event! It's hard to try to do a heart quickly with having enough time to apply the layers of poly, but I did get to complete them.
And....they both sold!
The crowds were abundant everywhere you looked and there was a lot to look at.
Both Saturday and Sunday seemed to have a similar volume of attendees and there was more to see than the many and varied vendors. There were raffles on both days consisting of donated items from the vendors and a food court with delicious things to eat and drink.
To complete the atmosphere, as I always feel it does, were the performances of the musical artists.
The performers on Saturday were Amanda Cote and Robert Allwarden. I think I could hear the music better this year and my booth was further away. Both performers included Tom Petty songs, which is understandable and also included The Band, The Who, The Beatles, Clapton, Dylan, to name a few and Amanda played one of my loved songs that Bonnie Raitt covers, Guilty (a Randy Newman song).
The performers on Sunday were Beth Mangano and Brian Weeks. The song selections were similar, lovely listening music. Brian's voice was great on his Jim Croce and James Taylor choices, as well as the many others. Beth played all my favorites and I think she was the only one who did Dead songs, love that!
My customers are so sweet to allow me to take their pictures. I absolutely understand when someone does not want their picture taken and that's fine. This is just a fun experience and I don't want anyone reluctantly participating. On Saturday, Liz, below left, modeled the beaded pompom tote bag for her friend who preferred not to, what a good sport Liz! Abby, below right, bought 2 hearts from me. She felt that they were kind-of opposites, dark wood heart with white inlay and light wood heart with dark inlay..........I see what you mean.
After my tote bag with the beaded poms sold on Saturday, Danielle, below, mentioned that she loved the tote, but the one that had the poms. I told her I had extra of the poms at home, added them overnight and she came first thing Sunday and purchased it. I hope that customers ask me things like that, because I am versatile and although many bags are one-of-a-kind, if I can make something happen....I will do it! Samantha and Danielle were both vendors at the show.
Nancy and Aviva brightened my day with their happy demeanors, and Sue asked me why I wanted to take her picture.....well I do anyway, but I told her because she was my customer of the day! She purchased multiple special hearts including the spalted Tamarind she is holding and she knew that the crazy, marble-like design was the wood rotting from a fungus! Nevermind that she also had a yellow warbler necklace!!!!
Leah and Quinn also chose a dot heart for a family member and I appreciate Quinn reluctantly being in the photo. Thanks Quinn! Jenny's big, beautiful smile and lovely earrings makes me smile. Lovely Carole, below, wore a silver heart around her neck and purchased the one she's holding. She told me she put in the raffle for my 2-tier heart, below, and I hoped for her to win it. That heart or the one she's holding was going to a friend.
Cindy's heart, left, was going as a gift to Florida and Mary, right, bought 2 of my favorite bags and the one in her left hand was going to a young girl and I love that.
My vendor neighbors.......I have listed the links I could get at the end of my blog, please check them out.
This wonderful couple bought a few pieces from me and Nancy chose the 3-tier heart in the memory of her mother's 3 siblings to adorn the shelf with items from them that she displays. Hearts mean love.....
Once again....a great show and I'm happy to be a part of the festivities. Please support all the talented vendors/artisans and check out their sites and info. If you would like to leave a comment in general or if I made any errors in the information, please do. Thanks and my gourd says "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!"
I try to put links if I have a card or if any link is easy to find, but if I am unsure I won't put any link. Contact me if a link is incorrect or you would like me to add a link (blogs are viewed sometimes more after the events).