Winterfest! December 3-4, 2016

The Floyd Center for the Arts 22nd Annual Winterfest Arts & Crafts Festival will be held December 3 & 4, 2016, from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday, featuring more than 30 local artisans and vendors this year. Plus, Santa Claus will be making a special appearance for children’s photos from 2:30-4:30 on Saturday.

shoppingThe first Winterfest was designed as a year-end showcase of local artisanship and creativity, in time for local residents’ holiday shopping, many of whom have always had a policy of buying locally made handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Twenty-two years later, Winterfest remains the best opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of handmade, local, unique gifts all offered at one place and close enough to Christmas to get some authentic gift buying done.

Back for the third year – Festival of Trees. The Art Center has partnered with the Floyd businesses and organizations to celebrate the holiday season and also encourage shoppers to visit local outlets for gifts, decorations, and food for the season. The Third Annual Festival of Trees begins this week and runs through December 4. This year Festival of Trees has 50 participating businesses. Each pre-decorated, tabletop holiday tree will be on display at Winterfest, with the final bidding for visitors to win a tree to take home for the holidays finishing at 4:30PM on Sunday, Dec 6.

Festival of Trees Participants:  Across the Way Productions, AmeriLife, Bank of Floyd, Bell Gallery, Bella La Vita, Blackwater Loft, Blue Mountain School, Blue Ridge Florist, Blue Ridge Restaurant, Buddy’s Boarding, Cast Iron Catering, Chamber of Commerce, Chantilly Farms, Citizens, Collins Chiropractic Clinic, Confectious Shenanigans, Farm Bureau, Farmer’s Supply, Floyd Co. Tourism Development Council, Floyd Country Store, Floyd Eco Village, Floyd Fitness, Floyd Humane Society, Floyd Jewelry, Floyd Pharmacy, Floyd Press, Floyd Rustic, Frog Hollow Pottery, Grateful Bread, Harvest Moon, Healing Tree Wellness Center, Heathers of Floyd, Hotel Floyd, Jeanie O’Neill Gallery, Jessie Peterman Library, Joli Ayn Wood, Mickey G’s, Monkey Business, New Mountain Mercantile of Floyd, Oddfella’s Cantina, Poor Farmers Market, Red Rooster, Republic of Floyd, Rising Sun Community School, Rose of the Winds, Schoolhouse Fabrics, Shear Elegance, Skin Solutions, Slaughter’s Greenhouse, Springhouse Community School, Tuggles Gap Restaurant, Union First Market Bank, Winter Sun, Woolly Jumper

kids-only-storeOrganizers invite everyone to attend this longest-running, signature event and admission is free.  We have three additional non-profit organizations selling wares to support their mission – Blue Mountain School, Rising Sun Community School and the Floyd Humane Society. Blue Mountain is hosting a ‘Kids Only Store’ for children to shop for their holiday gifts.

A Create-Lab for the youngsters will also be a part of Winterfest. There has always been a “Maker Children” aspect included in Winterfest, where supervised children’s hand-making adventures occupy young imaginations, while Mom and Dad are able to shop for unique gifts among many regional vendors.

The Art Café will again be a significant element of the offerings, full of homemade delicacies, soups, snacks, and more. This year offering both breakfast and lunch.

2016 Winterfest Vendors:

Artist/Business & Description:

Abby Reczek Pottery – Functional handmade pottery

A Crooked Little House – Vintage Upcycled Metal Art

Barbara von Claparede-Crola – German specialty bread, honey, jams & jellies

Blue Mountain School – Kid-Only Shopping for Handmade Gifts

Boyd Wood Crafts – Handmade wooden kitchen items

Carrino Arts – Mixed-media artist

Chris Frazier – Fine Art Home Decore

Confectious Shenanigans – Artisan Gourmet Cupcakes from Scratch

Especially for You Baskets & Baskets by Design – Handmade Floyd Baskets

Fancy Scrap – Recycled Material Lamps & Sculptures

Fat Toad Forge – Handwrought ironwork & handtied brooms

Flashy Glass Creations – Decorative stained glass and jewelry

Floyd Humane Society – Handmade pet toys & embroided items

Green Deva – Herbal Teas, Bath & Skin Products

Jennifer Newcomb – Hand-dyed, Handspun Yarn & Saori Weaver

Kathryn Purvis King – Ceramic Wall Plaques with Natural Materials

Kim Washburn Woddail – Rustic Pottery

Little Raven Clayworks – Whimsical Handbuilt Clayworks

Little River Designs – Hand-crafted original silver jewelry

Little River Wood Turning – Wooden Bowls, Vases, and Urns

Locust Grove Apiary – Local Honey and Beeswax Candles

Purple Barn Studios – Vibrant paintings, necklaces & Journals

Rae Jean Rimmer – Unique Handwovens & Handknits

Rising Sun Community School – Fundraiser for Rising Sun Community School

Sidra Kaluska – Fine ceramics, watercolors and jewelry

The Family Jewels – Unique jewelry & Wire Sculpting

Woo’s Q Brew – Gourmet BBQ Sauce

Woodland Wonders – Natural jewelry made from local fungi


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