Holiday Highlights / Holiday Entertaining

With November just around the corner, you’re probably already planning your holiday gatherings and putting your gift list together. A trip to any of the fall Sugarloaf Craft Festivals will simplify your party planning and gift giving efforts immensely!  

Among our hundreds of talented artists, we have dozens of specialty food crafters with fabulous mixes, spreads, sauces and sweet treats to entice partygoers. Our talented potters craft imaginative hand thrown and hand painted tableware to grace your holiday table. And our clothing designers and jewelry makers create unique wearable art perfect for the holiday season!

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Steel Pony clothing designers use 100% eco-friendly processes, fabrics and dyes in all their women’s apparel and handbags. Their company is centered around the goal of making clothing from fabric that is knit, dyed and sewn entirely in the United States and with the lowest possible environmental impact.

Exquisitely crafted wooden cheeseboards, salad bowls, wine displays, candle holders and other kitchen accessories by Trees to Dreams will enhance any holiday gathering.

Tommy Laraia of Tommy Conch Designs creates one of a kind jewelry pieces that interweave art, history and nature. Using repurposed and found items, Tommy Conch combines contemporary and vintage elements to create remarkable looking necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.

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After fighting her own wardrobe battles for years, Joan Ecker of F.H. Clothing Co. decided women deserve clothing that “loves you just the way you are.” To that end, she’s spent the last 35 years making soft, easy to wear clothes for women. Choose from wide-legged slacks, pencil pants and streamlined figure flattering leggings, tunics and roomy tops made from soft poly/cotton blends.

The fine art photography of Through the Eyes of David is printed directly on canvas gallery wraps so they’re ready to hang as is, no frame needed. Photographer, David Micelotta, specializes in shots of wildlife, nature scenes, and cityscapes.

Add a small dose of personality to every room of your home with Tassels by Sewkaren. Karen Acciani adorns salt and pepper shakers with fringe, pendants, feathers and beaded trim to create ‘household jewelry’ for light fixtures, doorknobs and mirrors.

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Linda Doucette of Shades of Nature crafts plant and animal fibers into beautiful pillows and small animal sculptures. She creates on her small Pennsylvania farm surrounded by the animals and garden that provide the natural fibers and plant dyes to support her art.

Hudson River Inlay creates museum quality mirrors and furniture with a dozen or more species and colors of wood in each piece. They use an ancient technique called marquetry to create decorative patterns in furniture or on other surfaces from small pieces of wood and other materials. Their finished pieces have the look of fine art paintings made with fine wood, stones and shells instead of paint.

Enjoy a less serious take on human and animal behavior with the whimsical cartoon illustrations of John DeAmicis. Some pretty big names have already bought his work, including Elton John, Shirley Maclaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti and Henry Kissinger.

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Hailey Banda ceramics will enhance any gathering. Hailey crafts her handpainted mugs, vases and planters with the idea of creating a warm, comforting environment.

Hopefully these snapshots have sparked some ideas to get you started. And there are many more fabulous handmade artisans at each show.

Buy tickets online for the best deal! You can also download the festival layout for each show

Can’t wait to see you there!