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All Craft Fair inquiries should be directed to Richard Guertin, Craft Fair Coordinator at Sisquam@comcast.net

Spring Craft Day 2017

What: Kids get crafty with spring themed art projects

Who: kids ages 7-14

When: Sunday, March 12, 12 pm - 4 pm

Where: Monson House of Art located at 200 Main Street in Monson, MA

Cost: $30 per crafter when registered and received by 3/7/2017, $40 after that date

Download the Flyer (with registration form) here!

For the second year boys and girls will get artistic on some all new Spring decorations. T-shirt design, a spring wreath, sewing, fairy house, decorate cookies and more! A snack will be provided. Please mail checks to Monson Arts Council, PO Box 306, Monson, MA, 01057 no later than March 7th. Write child's name on memo line. Questions? Email to newland.andrea@gmail.com or call (413)221-6660. Please list any allergies.

Please mail checks to Monson Arts Council, PO Box 306, Monson, MA, 01057 no later than October 17th. Write child's name on Memo line. Questions? Email to newland.andrea@gmail.com or call (413)221-6660. Please list any allergies.


Craft Fair to Return to Four Building Format

For most of our 38 years the craft fair was held in four buildings on Main Street. Three or four years ago one of those buildings, Memorial Hall was closed by the Town for concern with structural issues. When that happened we contacted St. Patrick's Church to see if we could put crafters in Columbia Hall on Green Street. They agreed and for the last few years Columbia Hall was used.

During this time we had great difficulty trying to get potential buyers to walk the extra distance to Columbia Hall. Last year we even had cash door prizes if you filled out an entry form in Columbia Hall. It became clear that crafters in Columbia Hall were not getting the same amount of traffic as crafters who were located in buildings on Main Street.

This concern was discussed at last night's Monson Arts Council's Board meeting and the Board decided to no longer use Columbia Hall as a part of our craft fair. As a result this year's fair will consist of only the four original buildings on Main Street.

Monson Arts Council's 38th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

[Edited 9/3/2016] The Monson Arts Council's 38th Annual Holiday Craft Fair is scheduled for Thanksgiving Weekend. The show opens on Saturday, November 26th, at 9:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm, and reopens on Sunday, November 27th at 12 noon, and closes at 4:00 pm. The fair has been a regional favorite for decades.

Over 80 crafters will be located in four buildings, all within a short walking distance. The buildings are: Memorial Hall, the Methodist Church, the Universalist Church, and the House of Art. Luncheon will be served both days in Memorial Hall, and the Universalist and Methodist Churches.

The show distinguishes itself from other shows by featuring only hand crafted items. All locations offer a wide variety of gifts, decorations and collectibles, including stained glass, bath products, books, candles, dry flowers, clothing, holiday decorations, jewelry, quilts, soft sculpture, hand crafted greeting cards, and much more.

The fair serves as the primary fund raiser for the Monson Arts Council, as well as other local non-profit organizations. You are encouraged to attend, and to get a running start on your Christmas list!

For information or directions please call or email Richard Guertin 413-364-9413


Expanded Holiday Craft Fair a Singular Success

With the reopening of Memorial Hall for public use the 37th annual craft fair offered five buildings of crafters for the first time. There were over 80 vendors in a dazzling variety of media. Craft Fair Coordinator Richard Guertin deemed the Thanksgiving weekend event a resounding success. The Arts Council printed copies of a new Craft Fair Building Map which assisted visitors in finding each of the five buildings. A door prize drawing was offered for those who made the walk up to Columbia hall and almost 1000 visitors submitted entries, The first prize of $150 went to Elizabeth Bottomley of Monson, second prize of $100 to Joanne Howard of Sturbridge, and third prize of $50 to Lisa Guzik of Palmer.

The arts council would like to thank the Palmer Journal for a wonderful review of the show by Douglas Farmer, who is also to be credited for the accompanying photos.

It was like old time to have Memorial Hall as the flagship building for the fair. It was the first use of the building by the public in over two years. Though the stage requires additional safety modifications before it can be used, there is hope that this will happen quickly.

The traditional Christmas lighting took place in front of Memorial Hall starting at 4 PM followed by the arrival of Santa on top of a fire truck for the official Lighting Ceremony, which resulted in turning on all of the Town's Main Street Christmas lightning. A large crowd and many children enjoy the ceremony, appreciating the unusually warm weather. After the lighting, parents and children followed Santa to the fire station for Christmas cheer.

The Monson Arts Council wishes one and all the best of the Holiday Season and thanks them for their continued support of all Arts Council's many activities.


Halloween Craft Day a Spooktacular Success

On October 25th the Monson House of Art was alive with laughter and crafting magic as boys and girls dove into a 4 hour workshop to make all things Halloween. Each room had a different craft that students rotated through trying their hands at different projects that included wind chimes, slime, painting skull masks, decorating cookies, horn headbands, sewing original creations, making mini mummies and playing dress up to get into character for their photo shoot. Faith Ward of ArtsHealingHearts photography helped the kids with make-up and costumes and took professional photos of them which were emailed to parents. Andrea Newland and Vanessa LaCroix who are both Monson Arts Council members (as well as Faith) decided to start hosting craft days last year after the success of the Summer Art Camp put on by Parks and Rec. They saw students learn new skills and make new friends and thought the fun should last all year. With two Halloween Craft Days and one Holiday under their belts they are excited to present the next Holiday Craft Day on December 13th from 12-4. This year we will have two very special guests in the photo room- none other than Santa and Mrs. Clause!







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