Collector's Weekend 2015 - 20th Annual

It’s the 20th Annual Collector’s Weekend, so it is fitting that this year we are focusing on you, the collector! Consider joining us for the entire weekend as we have lecturers from special collector guests, our annual dinner—at Worcester’s The People’s Kitchen—with collectors from around the country, and three painting workshops where you can paint with the Vaillancourt artists.


The Full 2015 Schedule

Whether a serious collector, casual shopper, or simply a Christmas enthusiast, join us for this year’s Collector’s Weekend here in Sutton. Learn to paint your own Vaillancourt Chalkware Santa under the guidance of our artists, attend the holiday Lecture series with professionals within the industry, be entertained with the Friday evening opening where we introduce premier numbers of exclusive pieces, and enjoy the highly anticipated Collector’s Dinner!


Friday, April 24, 2015

Rebekah & Sir Harry

  1. 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 1 (Sold Out)
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00am. Workshop includes lunch.
  2. 6:00pm – 8:00pm
    Friday Evening at Vaillancourts: Rebekah & Sir Harry! ($10 for non-painting workshop participants)
    Join us in Blaxton Hall as we kick off the weekend with live entertainment and mingling with collectors from around the country and enjoy the lyrical excellence and music of Rebekah & Sir Harry.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

  1. 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 2 Register Now
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00am. Workshop includes lunch.
  2. 10:00am – 11:00am
    Katie Parrish: The Rebel Painter
  3. 11:00am – 12:00am
    Steve Martin: Noah’s Ark with Cats
  4. 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    Judi Vaillancourt: Christkindlmarkets
  5. 7:30pm
    Annual Reception and Dinner! (Register Now — Reception starts at 6:30)
    What some call the highlight of the weekend, the annual dinner has become a popular event for collectors both serious or casual and  young or old. 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! For 2015, we will be celebrating the weekend at The People’s Kitchen in Worcester, with the reception taking place in their prohibition style bar, Still & Stir. During dinner, Gary and Judi Vaillancourt will present the European Christmas Cruise which took place during the 30th anniversary celebration in December 2014.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

  1. 9:00am – 10:00am
    Collector’s Breakfast Buffet for participants of Painting Workshop – (Reservations Required)
  2. 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 3 Register Now
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00am. Workshop includes lunch.

Where to stay!

  1. Hilton Gardens Inn Worcester is walkable to the reception and dinner – Directions (20 miles, 16 minutes from VFA)
  2. Econo Lodge Sutton is close to Vaillancourt Folk Art – Directions (9 miles, 7 minutes from VFA)