The summer season unofficially kicks off Memorial Day weekend, and with it, a host of arts and crafts and antique fairs throughout the region.
Originally from Woodstock, Pamela Viglielmo said she always takes the time to attend the Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair, which takes place rain or shine from Saturday to Monday May 27-29, at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz.
“It’s a wonderful biannual craft show,” said Viglielmo, who now lives in Southport, Connecticut. “The artisans who show their work are so talented. I come home to share a special day with my mom walking with all the great sellers that show up and always find fantastic treasures. “
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There will be over 200 artists and artisans at the fair, many of whom have traveled from across the country to be there, including Shannon Macklin of Macklin’s Sculptures in Flagstaff, Arizona, and Chris Oaks of Twin Oaks Hammocks, in Louisa, Virginia.
Antiques on tap
This Memorial Day weekend will also be the two-day Spring Antiques Show and Sale in Rhinebeck at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The show features over 135 exhibitors, a variety of gourmet food trucks, Tousey Winery, From The Ground Brewery and farm-to-table establishments that offer everything from pickles to maple syrup and state honey. New York.
Helaine Fendelman travels from New York to Rhinebeck to attend the Spring Antiques at Rhinebeck Show and Sale, saying it’s a “fun way to spend a day.”
“Good goods, good prices, good dealers and I always find a treasure that I cannot live without,” she said.
This year, she’ll see something completely new, a 40-photo exhibit in “The Lost Photographs of Iconic Rock Stars of the 1960s,” curated and presented by Western art dealer, author and photographer Michael Friedman.
The exhibition will include never-before-seen photos of legendary musicians, including Janis Joplin, The Band, Todd Rundgren, Kris Kristofferson and the Rolling Stones.
“Many of them give the viewer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artists as individuals; an unconscious look at them from the perspective of someone who was part of their team, ”Friedman said via email. “I wasn’t a hired photographer so everyone was pretty relaxed and was just themselves.
Friedman said he believed more than 1,000 images were lost, but earlier this year, after 45 years, he discovered them in his attic.
Shawna White from Middletown plans to attend the annual Country Living Fair, which returns to Rhinebeck the first weekend in June at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
“I go to craft fairs just to see what they have,” said White, who enjoys looking for new paints and home decorations. “It’s a fun day and you see a lot of unique things.”
White might even be able to make his own take-out crafts with the Make-and-Take workshops, sponsored by Jo-Ann Stores. Pre-registration is required, but you can choose to make a bandana wreath, DIY denim, lavender sachets and more.
There will be food, art, furniture, crafts and more. Guests can shop from over 200 vendors in 25 states and meet Country Living editors and their special guests. There will also be cooking, craft and DIY demonstrations, workshops and book signings. Local vendors include the Warwick-based Earth Angels Studio with handmade jewelry, folk art, and home décor; Millbrook’s Everyday Vintage with vintage porcelain, linens, small furniture and garden accessories; and Rhinebeck’s own Sweet Bella stationery with artisan-designed stationery, and more.
Featured guests include Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell from “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”; Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari”; and Joanne Palmisano, award-winning interior designer and contributor to the DIY network, among others.
Jot down your calendars, because before you know it, there are other shows and fairs happening in the fall at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, including the Barnstar Antiques in Rhinebeck on October 7-8 and the New York State Sheep. and Wool Family Festival October 21-22.
For more information on any of the events at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, visit www.dutchessfair.com
Lisa Iannucci is a freelance writer. Contact her at [email protected]