Friday, November 15, 2019 — Saturday, November 16, 2019
Celebrate the season with a traditional German Christmas Market in the quintessential New England town of Sutton!
As Vaillancourt Folk Art celebrates 35 years of traditions, we’re pleased to present our first retail show that will feature the industries most respected and detailed artists. When Vaillancourt Folk Art first began their business, it was through exhibiting at Artisan shows around the country. This Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show is a tip of the hat to our formidable years, while being able to offer some of the highest quality American Artists within a space decorated to resemble the German Christmas markets. While the Vaillancourt Retail Gallery will import exceptionally high quality German products, the main event is the Artisan Retail Stalls, built to house some of America’s finest craftspeople, including:
Their story begins in the late 1960s when founder, Joyce Byers, decided to make holiday decorations that reminded her of timeless family traditions and her own memories of Christmas. She created her first Carolers — using wire, newspaper, fabric, and clay — on her dining room table after a trip to London where she was inspired by winter displays in shop windows. The unique appearance and handcrafted quality of the Carolers quickly gained a following. Before long, she was making Carolers to give as gifts for friends and family and began selling them in local gift shops. Several years after Joyce started her simple quest to recreate an old-fashioned Christmas, the Byers family hired their first employee in 1978, and Byers Choice LTD was born. From there, the company has grown to a team of skilled Artisans working to handcraft the Carolers and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary! To this day, Joyce continues to design the Carolers, creating a unique style for each line of figures. With the help from her team of artists, thousands of Carolers are handcrafted in Bucks County, Pennsylvania every year and are widely collected throughout the United States and beyond. They are treasured not only as collectibles but for the way they represent a simpler time and way of life.
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.
Greg and Mary Shooner Redware(Oregonia, Ohio)
Continuing the traditions of American potters dating to 1630, Greg Shooner and Mary Spellmire-Shooner re-create authentic redware pottery at their Oregonia, Ohio studio. Greg and Mary use their years of pottery experience to make a ware that is unrivaled in its interpretation of rare antiques. They work alone, with a passionate commitment to quality and artistic control. A lifelong interest in art led them separately to pottery, then together to the study of redware.
Sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm, they have lectured and demonstrated often, including the “American Ceramics Conference” at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, the “Dishcamp” conference at Eastfield Village in East Nassau, New York as well as William and Mary College and New York University. The Shooners also share the unique beauty of their work, their pieces are represented in museum collections as far away as Stoke-on Trent in England to the permanent collection of the White House in Washington D.C. and Camp David.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to the Artisan Retail Stalls, Vaillancourt’s production studio will be transformed to an intimate indoor marketplace with The Queen’s Cups selling gingerbread and Christmas cookies and sponsored vendors showing their Christmas spirit. Outdoors, under an open sided tent, the Food & Beverage Pavilion will be decorated with live Christmas trees while the smell of Stillman Quality Meats‘ German Sausages fills the air. In addition to food available for sale, there will be a selection of fine Christmas beers, the 2019 limited edition Vaillancourt Christmas Wine, and a German imported glühwein for sale—limited quantities of the glühwein collector’s mug will be available to Friday’s VIP admission!
Trying to create a new tradition for visitors near and far, Vaillancourt urges all out of town guests to book their rooms at the Christkindlesmarkt’s official hotel sponsor, the Beechwood Hotel. A convenient 15-minute drive, the Beechwood Hotel is the region’s only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel and situated in the city of Worcester. With beautiful rooms, exceptional service, and award winning bar and restaurant, Beechwood Hotel is central to all area attractions and amenities. There is a limited number of rooms available at a special promotional rate. Call (800) 344-2589 for reservations.
Friday VIP Christkindlesmarkt
Friday evening is open to ticket holders from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. The first 300 VIP ticket holders (online orders are given priority) will receive one complimentary glühwein collectors mug along with a tasting of the Christmas beverage (with valid form of 21+ identification). The Friday evening session will give shoppers first priority to shopping and access to all of the food and drink amenities. VIP ticket holders will be admitted to return on Saturday with ticket or wrist band. Online ticket sales start at $20.
Opening at 10:00 AM through 8:00 PM, ticket holders are required to bring their printed email ticket for admission. Online ticket sales start $10.
Fine Print: We expect tickets to be available at the door, but encourage guests to purchase in-advance online. Online ticket holders will be admitted with printed ticket (ticket will be emailed separately from order confirmation email). No re-admission, unless ticket holder has VIP ticket and valid identification at time of entry. No refunds or exchanges. 21+ identification required for consumption. No one under 18 admitted without being accompanied by an adult. All sales are final.