Collector’s Weekend

Friday, July 24, 2020 - Sunday, July 26, 2020

Collector’s Weekend 2020: The 25th Annual

Important Note: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been forced to reschedule Collector’s Weekend. Like you, we wish this was not the case but are hopeful these measures will help ensure the Coronavirus is controlled in a quick manner that will minimize the potentially disastrous effects that many individuals, families, and small businesses will encounter. To keep a positive attitude, we’ll be celebrating a Christmas in July as our 25th Annual Collector’s Weekend’s new dates are: Friday, July 24th through Sunday, July 26th. For Painting Workshop attendees who have a conflict with the new date, please let us know and we will ship the Collector’s Weekend Santa (or rabbit) or offer a store credit for the painting workshop and/or refund for the dinner/opening. We are very sorry for the change and hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy during this time.

Collector’s Weekend is an excuse to escape the real world and join like-minded people that share an affinity to Christmas, traditions, and their love of Vaillancourt Chalkware. Since the first Collector’s Weekend in 1996, Collectors—both serious and casual—have made the annual trek to the Vaillancourt Studios in Sutton, MA for a weekend where they can paint their own Chalkware under the guidance of the Vaillancourt Artists, enjoy educational lectures, or just enjoy the weekend in our Gallery where limited edition pieces are introduced with the lowest production number available. Many collectors come simply to attend the Friday reception and Annual Collector’s Weekend Dinner, where they can converse with others passionate about chalkware, Christmas, and traditions. We recommend that you plan on painting on Friday or Sunday, attend the Friday opening, enjoy the free lectures on Saturday, and join us for the Annual Reception & Dinner.

The 2020 Collector’s Weekend Painting Rabbits and Santa.

Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Painting Workshop 1
    9:30am – 4:00pm
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  • Friday Evening Opening at Vaillancourt’s
    5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Join us on Friday evening as we kick off the weekend with the release of special products, food, and merriment with fellow collectors. Small plates will be served from 5 – 6 pm with a wine pairing to help choose the 2020 Vaillancourt Christmas Wine.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Painting Workshop 2
    9:30am – 4:00pm
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.

Lectures are not yet confirmed for new date in July.


  • Annual Reception and Dinner: 110 Grill Worcester
    Reception starts at 6:30, Dinner served at 7:30
    What some call the highlight of the weekend, the annual dinner has become a popular event for collectors both serious or casual and long-time or first-time. Dine with those who share a passion for Christmas and Vaillancourt Chalkware and have the opportunity to be chosen to design your own Santa for the following year’s Collector’s Weekend!


Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Collector’s Breakfast Buffet for participants of Painting Workshop
    9:00am – 10:00am
  • Painting Workshop 3
    9:30am – 4:00pm
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.

Where to stay!

Worcester’s Beechwood Hotel, the only AAA Four Diamond hotel in the region, will be offering a discounted group rate for Vaillancourt collectors this weekend. Please contact them directly to book a room at the blocked rate: (800) 344-2589

Looking back at past Collector’s Weekends


45 available Making The Scene: Christmas Props for Movies Lecture 1: 10am – 11am

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45 available “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – Developing Holiday Photo Strategy in Retail – Lecture 2: 11am – 12pm

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45 available Creating A Christmas Movie Lecture 3: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

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45 available “It’s Hard To Tell When A Tradition Begins…” Lecture 4: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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Individual Collector's Dinner
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Details Date:
Friday, July 24, 2020 - Sunday, July 26, 2020
Event Category:
Vaillancourt Folk Art
9 Main Street
Sutton, MA 01590 United States
Phone: 508-476-3601

Think Spring Santa with Robin's Eggs

Spring Chalkware Rabbits

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