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.
The 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
Organizers 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