The 2011 Collector’s Weekend, with a Colonial Christmas theme, was a wild success. Having sold out all painting workshops early we were happy with the positive feedback on the “moderately difficult” piece to paint! The group that attended the lectures on Saturday were attentive and asked some great questions. A special thank you to Connie Porcher and Bruce Elsass for making the trip to the Vaillancourt Folk Art studios to give two fantastic presentations.

Besides the three painting workshops and the Saturday lectures, the crowd for both the Friday Colonial party and the Saturday Collector’s Weekend Dinner (not just for collectors!) was very well received, from the music and entertainment of Friday to the guest speaker and atmosphere at the Oliver Wight Tavern on Saturday.

We thank everyone that attended and made this one of the nicest Weekend’s to date. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2012!

Friday, April 29, 2011 (See Photos)

  1. 9:30am – 10:00am: Sign-in & continental breakfast
  2. 10:00am – 4:00pm: Painting Workshop #1
  3. 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch Buffet
  4. 6:00pm – 8:00pm: Colonial Gallery Opening

Saturday, April 30, 2011 (See Photos)

  1. 9:30am – 10:00am: Sign-in & continental breakfast
  1. 10:00am – 4:00pm: Painting Workshop #2
  2. 10:00am – 11:00am: Lecture Series 1: Connie Porcher, the editor of Celebrate 365 magazine, will be presenting “Evolution of Christmas Ornaments and their Uses”.
  3. 11:00am – 12:00pm: Lecture Series 2: Judi Vaillancourt will be presenting “Scarcity Forces Creativity” discussing the creation and modification of antique moulds to preserve the originals and create new shapes never before used.
  4. 12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch Buffet
  5. 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Lecture Series 3: Bruce Elsass, renowned holiday collector, will be presenting on antique Christmas collections and decorations, titled “Antique Christmas collections and decorations”.
  6. 3:00pm – 3:30pm: Lecture Series 4: Luke M. Vaillancourt, Director of Digital Marketing, will present on “Vaillancourt 24/7” and the on-demand availability through the web site and social media networks.
  7. 6:30pm – 7:30pm: Reception
  8. 7:30pm: Colonial Dinner at the Old Sturbridge Village Oliver Wight Tavern with special guest speaker Ed Hood, Vice President of Museum Program at Old Sturbridge Village. Mr. Hood, an archaeologist and architecture historian, oversees all public programs, collections and research at the village. His current focus is promoting the museum’s collection of 60,000 early New England artifacts through exhibits, programs and outreach. He will speak on Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village. See Photos of the Dinner >

Sunday, May 1, 2011 (See Photos)

    1. 9:00am – 10:00am: Collector’s Breakfast Buffet
    2. 10:00am – 4:00pm: Painting Workshop #3
    3. 1:00pm: Lunch

Looking back at past Collector’s Weekends

  1. CW2019
  2. CW2018
  3. CW2017
  4. CW2016
  5. CW2015
  6. CW2014
  7. CW2013
  8. CW2012
  9. CW2011
  10. CW2010
  11. CW2009
  12. CW2008