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The three-day event will shine with holiday spirit, featuring such seasonal delights as hot cider, baked goods, and musical performances in addition to the sale of fine craft in an array of media, ranging from textiles to jewelry to pottery.
Heralded as New England's premier craft event, the Festival of Craft features a vibrant mix of returning and new artists, all of whom look forward to meeting the community and discussing their work.
"The Festival of Crafts offers a very special opportunity to buy a gift that is uniquely meaningful to both the giver and the receiver," says Craft Center Executive Director Barbara Walzer. "There is something very profound about taking ownership of a beautiful piece of fine craft directly from the hands of the person who made it, and also hearing the artist's story about the piece ... where the inspiration came from, how the piece was made, the cultural and craft traditions that informed the work. That personal connection enriches the piece and adds unique value."
"When you gather talented artisans with so many enthusiastic patrons and surround them with the supportive and well organized WCC staff, the chemistry is magical."
Brook Stanton of Stanton Design
Returning Fiber Artist
"The quality and variety of the other crafters was exceptional and it attracted visitors from all parts of New England. This event has something for everybody and is a must see show."
Marie Galvin of Galvinized Headwear
Returning Fiber Artist
"I look forward to exhibiting my work at the Worcester Center for Crafts Festival because the patrons are both knowledgeable about fine craft and appreciative of the effort and love that we put into each piece. The WCC Festival is so well organized by the center staff, that it facilitates patrons viewing our fine craft."
George Saridakis of Decoratively Sculpted Wood
Returning Wood Artist
"The Annual Worcester Craft Center Festival is one of my favorite shows of the year. The crafts are always top notch, the shoppers return every year and couldn't be more enthusiastic. It's a joy to be included in this fantastic show!"
Jennifer Chin of Lush Metals
Returning Metalsmith and Jeweler
Hours and Ticket Information
The Festival of Crafts will be held on Friday, November 28 from 10am - 5pm, Saturday, November 29 from 10am - 5pm and Sunday, November 30 from 11am - 4pm.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for members and seniors. Children under 12 are free. Parking is free.
The Craft Center is located at 25 Sagamore Road in Worcester, between Park Avenue and Grove Street, adjacent to the Worcester Regional Transit Authority complex.
A Worcester Tradition with Roots in the 1800's
At the Worcester Center for Crafts, the craft fair tradition has a long history. Founded 152 years ago as the "Worcester Employment Society" to offer job skills to female immigrant workers, the Craft Center has evolved into a community resource that teaches modern craft to children, adults and professional artists, supports the craft artist entrepreneur, and builds audience and market for fine handmade craft.
The first Craft Fair was presented in 1970 when volunteers invited artisans to show their work out of the back of trucks in the parking lot on Sagamore Road. From that humble beginning, the annual tented Spring craft fair evolved into the indoor Thanksgiving Festival of Crafts where thousands of Central New Englanders begin their holiday shopping. Today, the Festival serves as an unofficial kickoff for the holiday season - a place to celebrate the spirit of giving, greet friends, and gain inspiration from the creativity of the artists who share their work.
Be part of the holiday vibe!
In addition to the sale of one-of-a-kind pieces of fine craft, the Festival will also feature the Craft Café, catered by Eric's La Patisserie, a Chinese raffle of dozens of hand-crafted items, and a bake sale with delicious homemade treats and cider.
Thanks to our Festival of Craft Supporters
The Worcester Center for Crafts wishes to thank the Telegram & Gazette and WICN Public Radio for their media sponsorship, as well as the Worcester Cultural Coalition and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, for our ongoing partnerships.
Special thanks to our in-kind donors including Starbucks Coffee, Polar Beverages, and our many wonderful craft artists, volunteers, members, and Festival patrons.
THE WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS was founded in 1856 as a place where newly-arrived immigrants could learn to support their families through the creation and sale of craft. Today's Craft Center offers courses for craft artists of all skill levels - while showcasing fine craft in its gallery, offering it for sale in its gallery store, and providing a vibrant program of "craft discovery experiences" for craft artists and appreciators of fine craft.