Prepare for the holidays by attending a craft fair

Posted Oct. 10, 2012, at 3:16 p.m.
Visitors to any of the United Maine Craftsmen’s shows will discover a wide array of items ready for gift giving and holiday decor. A Maine tradition, the United Maine Craftsmen shows are held in Bangor, Augusta, Brewer, Westbrook, and Portland throughout November and December.
Visitors to any of the United Maine Craftsmen’s shows will discover a wide array of items ready for gift giving and holiday decor. A Maine tradition, the United Maine Craftsmen shows are held in Bangor, Augusta, Brewer, Westbrook, and Portland throughout November and December. Buy Photo
It’s not just crafts that can be found at holiday craft fairs and festivals. Items for the mind, body, and decor as well as food galore can be found at the myriad Maine craft fairs, festivals, and shows. Keep an eye on your community’s calendar this holiday season for a show near you.
It’s not just crafts that can be found at holiday craft fairs and festivals. Items for the mind, body, and decor as well as food galore can be found at the myriad Maine craft fairs, festivals, and shows. Keep an eye on your community’s calendar this holiday season for a show near you. Buy Photo

Fall is the time when Maine creativity blooms and the craft fair tradition will kick into high gear leading up to the holidays.

Craft fairs, festivals, and shows are places for Mainers to see the handiwork of Maine artisans. Here are just a few of the shows happening in the area and is not a full listing of shows in Maine.

University of Maine Homecoming Craft Fair and Festival, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the University of Maine Fieldhouse in Orono. Tied in with UMaine’s homecoming festivities, this annual craft fair is a tradition. Get your holiday shopping started by visiting a variety of artisans representing myriad art forms and foods can be found at the fair.

United Maine Craftsmen Show, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. One of Maine’s largest artisan shows will come to the Bangor Civic Center again. United Maine Craftsman offers hand-made items spanning the artistic spectrum, including pottery, fabric arts, food, toys, ornaments and decorations, paintings and woodcrafts. Admission is $2 with children under age 12 admitted free.

This show kicks off the United Maine Craftsmen show circuit. Other shows will be on:

• Nov. 10-11 at the Augusta Civic Center, Civic Center Drive, Augusta;

• Nov. 23-25 at the Brewer Civic Center, 203 State Street, Brewer;

• Dec. 1-2 at the University of Southern Maine Sullivan Gym, 66 Falmouth Street, Portland;

• Dec. 8 at Westbrook Middle School, 471 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook.

Coupons for $1 off admission can be found along with details on the artisans at the fairs at http://mainecraftsmen.org.

Designing Women Fine Art and Crafts Show, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Center for Family Business at Husson University in Bangor. This perennial favorite features the work of more than 20 professional craftswomen.

Eastern Maine Snowmobile Club Christmas Craft Fair, Nov. 17, 9-3 p.m., 263 Levenseller Road, Holden.

Sixth annual Gifted Hand Fine Art and Craft Show, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ramada Inn, 215 High Street, Ellsworth. This annual event features over 60 juried artists, a cafe, and door prizes. Admission $2 adults and children under age 12 are admitted free. A portion of the admission benefits the Schoodic Sculpture Symposium.

Bangor Christian Schools Craft Fair, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This craft fair features crafters, artists, food, and home-based businesses.

16th Annual Crafts Show at the Museum, Nov. 3-4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Maine State Museum Cultural Building, 230 State Street, Augusta.

Artfull Gifts Fine Art and Craft Event, Nov. 17-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Point Lookout Resort, Northport. Admission is $3 for adults and children are admitted free. Exhibitors range the artistic gamut from jewelry to pottery to furniture and more. For more info email info@artfullgifts.com.

A special Gala Collectors Party will be held Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and will have a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz guitar. Admission $10.

Festival of Lights Craft Market, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton Street, Rockport. Admission is $3; Free for children under age 12. This annual event brings together more than 50 artisans and crafters to provide a marketplace for Maine-made items. For more information contact Alicia Bagnall at the Chamber office, (207) 236-4404, or email abagnall@camdenme.org.

Keep an eye on community calendars for more shows scheduled after publication of this article.

Does your non-profit organization have a craft or art fair coming up this holiday season? Email us your brief listing for placement in the calendar. Emails should be sent to weekly@bangordailynews.com and must be received no less than 10 days before the Thursday of publication in order to be included in the calendar.

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