2021 Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show (Friday)

Friday, November 12, 2021 , 11:00 am - Friday, November 12, 2021 , 8:00 pm

Celebrate the season with a traditional German Christmas Market in the quintessential New England town of Sutton!

Tickets will be available this summer!

With the loosening of pandemic restrictions, we’re pleased to be re-introducing the tradition of Sutton’s Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show where we feature the industries most respected and detailed artists alongside authentic food, drink, and merriment during a European-style outdoor Christmas Market.

For this year, the event will feature reduced capacity staggered admission throughout the day and night to insure a comfortable, safe, environment that is spread between the outdoor food and beverage pavilion, the artisan hall, and our Retail Gallery. We will be selling tickets for admission at the top of every hour from 10am until the last admission at 5pm. The Saturday session will be closing at 6pm.

The Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show is a tip of the hat to our formidable years of doing retail shows combined with the aspirational idea of the German Christmas markets.

We’re thrilled to welcome the following American artisans:

Dad’s Follies Antique Chocolate Molds

(Gibsonville, North Carolina)

Dad’s Follies is the oldest and largest antique dealer specializing in antique metal chocolate moulds in the world. For over 45 years Dad’s Follies has been specializing in buying and selling antique metal chocolate and pewter ice cream moulds and are a family owned company that is currently in its second generation of Mould Experts. They currently exhibit at private shows and offer their moulds online.

Will Moses

(Eagle Bridge, New York)

As a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family, painting is a natural tradition for Will, who began painting when he was four years old. Encouraged by his grandfather, a well-known folk painter in his own right, young Will was allowed to experiment freely with paints. Forrest K. Moses was totally committed to self-expression and passed this freedom of spirit along to his young grandson. Stimulated by his grandfather’s confident approach, Will developed his own unique style of Americana. Today, Will continues to carry on the family tradition. Although his style is reminiscent of that of his celebrated great-grandmother, it is more complex and sophisticated.

Stenciled Floorcloths by Michele

(Hollis, New Hampshire)

Michele Hollick has been stenciling for more than 30 years. What started as a simple “kitchen table” hobby, blossomed into a full time business for her. She started making floorcloths when she became interested in Colonial-era furnishings and accessories. Michele has the distinction of being a Certified Stenciler through the International Group Stencil Artisans League, Inc. Less than 100 people world-wide have passes this difficult test. Some of her best classes have been at the annual Stencil Artisans League Convention, the Stencil Decorative Artists Guild Convention, Sanborn Mills Farm, the League of NH Sandwich Gallery, as well as various shops throughout the Northeast.

Stephen Earp Pottery

Shelburne Falls, MA

Stephen Earp loves historical ceramics. Beyond the form and styles, Stephen loves the stories, the quirky sense of humor, the enigmatic imagery, the elegance. The more he studies ceramic history, the more he loves it—it has taken him places he hadn’t expected, introduced him to different people along the way, and it has helped his work to grow.

The majority of his work is his own interpretation of traditional types and styles with an occasional commission or custom order for historic replicas. Stephen’s intention is to engage today’s audience in appreciating a wide range of decorative possibilities inherent in hand-made traditional pottery, such as redware and delftware.

He brings decades of pottery experience and extensive research to the creation of this time-honored, hand made, and food-safe pottery.

Pamela Dalton has been perfecting the craft of Scherenschnitte ever since discovering the craft in Europe many years ago. What began as a hobby eventually evolved into a full time career. Now, decades later, collectors world wide enjoy her intricate paper creations. In addition, her work has illustrated numerous children’s books. This includes “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten most beautifully illustrated children’s books of 2011.

Cut from a single piece of paper , her compositions incorporate traditional themes from the early 19th century . Nautical and patriotic images, scenes from rural life, as well as Biblical passages are favorites.

As seen in the tradition of papercuts from the Pennsylvania German region, many pieces are illuminated with color. Others remain unpainted, although they are “antiqued” to replicate the look of 19th century paper.

Her work can be found in numerous galleries and museum shops and is available at select artisan events.
Pamela has lived in the village of Harlemville, New York, for nearly 40 years, a “town with more cows than people.”She operates a studio near her home, accompanied by two butterscotch tomcats.

In addition to the Artisan Hall, our outdoor Food & Beverage Pavilion—decorated with live Christmas trees while the smells of food mingles through the air—will feature German pastries (Apfelstrudel, Peffernuesse, Baumkuchen, Spekulatius, Hazelnut Corners, and Schupfnudeln), German Sausages, sweet treats and more. In addition to food available for sale, a cash bar will offer a selection of Christmas wine, beer, and German imported hot glühwein to keep you warm!

Fraulein’s Bakery

Taunton, MA

Fraulein’s Bakery will be returning for a second year with authentic German baked goods and organic European pastries, cookies, and cakes—including Apfelstrudel, Peffernuesse, Baumkuchen, Spekulatius, Hazelnut Corners, and Schupfnudeln.

Stillman Quality Meats

Hardwick, MA

The only farm in Massachusetts featuring a state of the art poultry abattoir and red meat processing/butchering facility—controlling the process from start to finish, raising and processing their meats on their farmsteads in the most sustainable and local way.

Enjoy a cash bar throughout the event where piping hot glühwein, imported directly from Nurgneberg Germany, is served in collectors mugs. In addition, a fine selection of Christmas beer and wine is served alongside a hot chocolate and bottled water that is to be enjoyed in the outdoor Food & Beverage Pavilion.

As always, the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery will be open with the full splendor of the holiday season. Each year, the Retail Gallery is decorated with the utmost attention to the season and stocked with some of the highest quality gifts and collectibles in the market. Whether the Vaillancourt chalkware made on-site or the countless brands and collections that are imported from Europe—thousands of visitors come to the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery during the Christmas season to be reminded about the spirit and magic of Christmas.

Details Date:
Friday, November 12, 2021 - Friday, November 12, 2021
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Event Category:
Vaillancourt Folk Art
9 Main Street
Sutton, MA 01590
United States

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