Thanks to a gift from the Quimby Trust, the Industries has increased the Green in front of their Gallery by clearing and landscaping the adjacent Lot.
The event, that this year may well attract over 60 artisans, is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. All artisans are welcome to register so long as their work is created themselves. "There are basically two venues for artisans, the first and most popular is getting a space on the green and setting up a mini-studio" said Ben Adriance, trustee of the Industries, "they rent the space for $75 and pay no commission or other charges." Sales of items are an important aspect of the event, but the educational component separates this event from so many like it. Virtually 100% of the artisans bring the tools of their work to the event and can demonstrate and explain how they create their art.
For those with fewer items, the festival erects a "Fine Arts tent" and provides panels for artisans to hang their work. This becomes an Art exhibit that brings many artisans together to show their work and offer it for sale. Artisans pay $25 for a full 8'x 4' panel, ($10 for ½ a panel) and also pay no commission. The industries provides a cashier so individual artists need not stay.
"One of the most dramatic changes this year is the registration of the Patricia Carega gallery" said Blair Newcomb, a trustee, "Patricia will erect a double wide tent and feature Sandwich artisans that are in her Gallery year round" The Women's club, as has been their tradition for over 25 years, will serve lunch on the green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will also hold their Raffle drawing, which usually takes place around 3 p.m. Parking is free, and adjacent to the festival's grounds