Important Update on 2020 Events

One reason that we opened a retail store in 1987 was to be able to host events to bring people together. One of the signature annual events that we created, in 1995, was Collector’s Weekend. During this three day event, hundreds of collectors from around the country would join us for a weekend of art, education, and merriment. Not to outdo this event geared towards to “serious collector,” we added other events focused on creating traditions for everyone, including both Gerald Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol weekend which started in 2009 and last year’s inaugural Christkindlesmarkt.

This year, like every other business and organization, there is change—both in the immediate and long-term. While the uncertainty of change brings about its own inherent challenges, we hope that a “shake-up of normalcy” offers a renewed appreciation for the traditions that may have started to become habitual, or at worse, that we’ve taken for granted. 2020 is not a normal year, and like you, Vaillancourt Folk Art is continuing to look forward and embrace change and challenge and be reminded that Christmas will always exist—even though the traditions may look differently. With that said, the below events will differ from what we had originally scheduled and published. (The revised schedule assumes the Commonwealth will be operating as usual during this time and all CDC, WHO, as well as local and regional recommendations will be followed.)

Collector’s Weekend

New Date: September 25th, 26th, 27th

Notes: We do not feel comfortable being able to keep our original July date change and decided to fold our “Uncorking Celebration” within this event. The format will most likely change depending on lecturers and attendee’s schedules. For those unable to attend: Painting Workshop attendees can opt to receive the completed Painting Workshop Piece (a $300 value) and dinner attendees can receive the 2020 favor (limited to only those in attendance of the dinner). We will reach out to each registered attendee individually once we have an idea of the weekend’s new agenda.

Uncorking: Releasing The Third Edition Vaillancourt Wine

New Date: Cancelled

Notes: Friday’s opening of Collector’s Weekend (Friday, Sept 25) will replace this event and will be open to the public as we introduce some new, unique wines to complement our 2nd Edition Vaillancourt Christmas Wine.

#DickensWeekend: A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens

New Date: Cancelled

Notes: What is a major heart break, Gerald Charles Dickens will be unable to travel from England for his 11thannual one-man performance here in Sutton. 

Vaillancourt Christkindlesmarkt & Artisan Show – 2020

New Dates: Friday, November 13th, Saturday, November 14th, Friday, November 20th, and Saturday, November 21st

Notes: Although social distancing may not be an issue later in the year, we’re conscious about one of our busiest events. Last year, we ushered over 1,200 people from around the country within this 1.5-day event. Even without concern for a pandemic, we paced this event to ensure no massive crowds detracted from the leisurely shopping experience. This year, we’re planning on spreading out this event over two weekends (filling the void left from the cancellation of A Christmas Carol). Instead of 1.5 days with 200 guests admitted every 3 hours, we’ll be spreading the same admission over a larger time gap to ensure that crowds are evenly dispersed—both for safely and comfort. The two-weekend extension will also allow us to offer more vendors and opportunity for guests to be re-admitted.

In addition to these events, we will keep our Sutton, MA Retail Gallery closed until Monday, July 6th. Not only are we conscious about the safety of our staff and collectors, but we’d like to use the time to finish work that was halted during the stay-at-home state recommendation since March. We’ll continue completing our new library and expanded museum and, most importantly, continue decorating the retail gallery with new product we’ve brought in to fill in the holes from online sales during this period.

As a business, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility. We’ve been mindful of protecting every employee that we can considering the changing dynamics of both wholesale and retail throughout the world while preserving our business for future generations. We’re grateful that our collectors have been supportive during these times and enthused to know that Christmas will happen no matter what.