12/2-3: Floyd Winterfest
“Shop Locally — we have so many talented artisans selling their work at this year’s Winterfest!” says Jeff Liverman, Executive Director of The Floyd Center for the Arts. The 23rd Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Festival will be held December 2 & 3, 2017, from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday, featuring more than 30 local artisans and vendors offering a wide variety of goods – everything from locally made food items to bath goods to fine art paintings, fiber art, ceramics, jewelry and so much more!
The first Winterfest was designed as a year-end showcase of local artisanship and creativity, in time for local residents’ holiday shopping, many of whom always had a policy of buying locally made handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Twenty-three years later, Winterfest remains the best opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of handmade, local, unique gifts all offered at one place and close enough to Christmas to get some authentic gift buying done.
“Winterfest has been a long running community gathering event,” says Liverman. “Back before there was any heat in the old barn, it was a party as much as a sales event. Winterfest is always a time when people who haven’t seen one another in a while meet to sit down for some lunch, or play with the kids, or wander around the vendor floors together. It’s fun to watch folks having such a good time and getting into the holiday spirit at Winterfest – it’s a true community event,” he says.
Back for the fourth year – Festival of Trees & Wreaths. The Art Center has partnered with Floyd businesses and organizations to celebrate the holiday season and also encourage shoppers to visit local outlets for gifts, decorations, and food for the season. The 4th Annual Festival of Trees begins this week and runs through December 3. This year Festival of Trees & Wreaths has 50 participating businesses. Each pre-decorated, tabletop holiday tree or wreath will be on display at Winterfest, with the final silent auction bidding for visitors to win a tree to take home for the holidays finishing at 4:30PM on Sunday, Dec 3.
The Art Center invites everyone to attend this longest-running, signature event. “Admission is free,” says Jeff Liverman. “But this year there will be an additional way for visitors to give back to the community. We have a couple of additional non-profit organizations selling wares to support their mission – the Floyd Humane Society will be offering pet treats, scarves and T-shirts and the Floyd Montessori school will be selling a variety of holiday-themed crafts made by the students and staff of the school”.
Some of this year’s vendors include:
Moore Design: Hand-dyed Batik Clothing and Accessories and More
Fancy Scrap: Lamps and Jewelry Trees from Recycled Items
Sidra Kaluszka: Fine Watercolor Paintings, Ceramics and Jewelry
The Sassy Sasquatch: Handmade Bath goodies
Lanny Bean: Wood-carvings
Flashy Glass Creations: Stained Glass Panels, Nightlights and More
Aileen Fletcher: Photographs Printed on Canvas and Tiles
Little Raven Clayworks: Whimsical Hand-built Clayworks
And Many More!
A Create-Lab for the youngsters will also be a part of Winterfest. There has always been a “Maker Children” aspect included in Winterfest, where supervised children’s hand-making adventures occupy young imaginations, while Mom and Dad are able to shop for unique gifts among many regional vendors.
The Winterfest Café will again be a significant element of the offerings, full of homemade delicacies, soups, snacks, and more. This year offering both breakfast and lunch.
For more information about the Art Center or Winterfest visit FloydArtCenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Floyd Center for the Arts is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM.