A Weekend To Come Together

Striding Santa Pysanka Inspired Coat, VFA Nr. 18050As we celebrated our 23rd annual Collector’s Weekend, it was inspiring to see so many collectors—both long-time and first-time—come together under our roof. It’s without a doubt the collector’s that keep Christmas in America. As one of the last domestic, family Christmas businesses, it’s always interesting to see the reaction of both Judi’s timeless designs and the introduction of new products. For 2018, we tipped the hat to the past with the introduction of several one of a kinds that were painted in years past, but we never quite wanted to let go of. In addition, Judi created some of the most detailed pieces ever to truly elevate the fine art intricaey of her oils. And, this year we introduced our own Christmas blend of coffee and turned to our collectors to help taste wines as we prepare to introduce a Vaillancourt Christmas Wine later this year. As one of the largest Collector’s Weekends to date, everyone at Vaillancourt’s spent the entire weekend ensuring that our customers, and guests, could fully be part of the family. We’re thankful to all of our staff, friends, and, especially, all of you that could join us (and even those who would message us wishing they were here). We look forward to the 2019 Collector’s Weekend as we celebrate 35 years of traditions.

Friday, April 27, 2018

  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 1
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    Friday Evening at Vaillancourt’s ($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 live music before special pieces and premier numbers are introduced. The evening begins at 5:00 pm with a wine tasting to help choose the 2018 Vaillancourt Wine. At 6:30, we’ll enjoy a performance by Niki Luparelli accompanied by Brooks Milgate.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 2
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes lunch.
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    “Coffee” (and its unusual Vaillancourt connection) by Airis
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm
    “The Doctor Who Almost Stole Christmas” by Dr. Robin McFee
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    “Yuletide through Winterthur Museum” by Ellen Taviano
  • 7:30pm
    Annual Reception and Dinner!   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! This year’s dinner will be held at Lock 50 on Water Street in Worcester, MA.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • 9:00am – 10:00am
    Collector’s Breakfast Buffet for participants of Painting Workshop
  • 9:30am – 4:00pm
    Painting Workshop 3
    Orientation begins promptly at 9:00 am. Workshop includes 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