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Collector’s Weekend

Friday, April 26, 2019Sunday, April 28, 2019

Collector’s Weekend 2019: Celebrating 35 Years of Traditions

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 Santa 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 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—and don’t forget the free Artists’ breakfast buffet on Sunday

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • 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. The entertainment starts at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • Painting Workshop 2
    9:30am – 4:00pm
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  • Lecture 1: Lisa Chaloner (Collector’s Lecture on Needlework)
    10:00am – 11:00am
  • Lecture 2: Maria Thomas (Artist’s Lecture on Zentangles, Lettering, and botanical paintings)
    11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Lecture 3: James Donahue, President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village
    1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Lecture 4: Yes, Massachusetts, There Is A Santa: Thirty-Five Years of Traditions.
    3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Annual Reception and Dinner at Nuovo Restaurant (Worcester, MA)
    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! This year’s dinner will be held at Nuovo on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, MA.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

  • 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



Friday, April 26, 2019
Sunday, April 28, 2019
$80 – $225
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Vaillancourt Folk Art
9 Main Street
Sutton, MA 01590 United States