A Handmade Holiday

by Brandon Clayton, Visitor Services Director

The Handmade Goods Holiday Fair will be held at The Dawes Arboretum on November 7, 2015 from 10am until 4pm. This is an indoor event located in the Visitors Center.
There is certainly a lot of competition in the local “craft show” market. With most churches, schools, and farmers markets playing host to vendors for different events. There are certainly a lot of places that local vendors can sell their goods. However, The Handmade Goods Holiday Fair is more than a craft show; it is a vendor show that showcases handmade items by local artists. The difference being that the vendors at this show will not have any mass produced, home-show type products like most craft shows. Most other shows typically do not handpick their vendors and approve the products that are sold. By doing this, we can assure that our vendors are offering a wide range of unique merchandise. Our goal is to offer an event that celebrates local art and locally made merchandise. Focusing on locally produced goods is a huge trend and we certainly were excited to be a part of that by offering a space to our local artists to sell their items.
This holiday themed show is a new event for The Dawes Arboretum; however it is the sequel to our first Handmade Goods Market that was held during our Maple Syrup Festival last February. We plan to hold both events again in future around the same times. Having the show in November and in February is a great way for The Arboretum to offer a free indoor event during chilly winter months. Hope to see you there!