Old Deerfield Craft Fair returns this weekend

  • Guests to the 41st annual Old Deerfield Craft Fair in 2016 peruse Debi Hitter’s collection of colorful keychains. Hitter owns Ms. Sticks Walking Sticks out of Castleton, N.Y. Staff File Photo/Shelby Ashline

  • The 44th annual Old Deerfield Craft Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday on Memorial Street and the lawn of Memorial Hall Museum. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • The 44th annual Old Deerfield Craft Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday on Memorial Street and the lawn of Memorial Hall Museum. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

  • The 44th annual Old Deerfield Craft Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday on Memorial Street and the lawn of Memorial Hall Museum. Staff Photo/Domenic Poli

Staff Writer
Published: 9/19/2019 7:05:58 PM
Modified: 9/19/2019 7:05:46 PM

DEERFIELD — Visitors can expect about 145 craftspeople at the 44th installment of the annual Old Deerfield Craft Fair this weekend.

Show coordinator John O’Neill of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) said there will be 28 new craftspeople and 20 craft categories at this year’s event on the Memorial Hall Museum lawn. O’Neill explained that PVMA Executive Director Tim Neumann founded the fair with 10 craftspeople.

There will be food for purchase and some live entertainment, including music by DJ Dan Torres, in a food court of local vendors. O’Neill also said there will be a children’s activity area run by mother and daughter Reba-Jean and Piper Pichette, two PVMA staff members.

“It’s always very, very, very well received,” O’Neill said, adding that turnout varies greatly on the weather. He said guests come from all over New England and New York.

The fair is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

O’Neill said admission also gets guests into Memorial Hall Museum at no additional charge. The museum has several new and updated displays, including some works by Northampton-born artist Robert Strong Woodward, who died in Buckland in 1957. Woodward, who became paralyzed after accidentally shooting himself in the spine when he was 21, created more than 600 oil paintings and as many as 300 chalk drawings.

The PVMA also organizes the indoor Holiday Sampler and Spring Sampler at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. This year’s Holiday Sampler is scheduled for Nov. 16 and 17. The Old Deerfield Craft Fairs are organized to benefit the PVMA, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the area’s crafts and history.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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