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34th Outdoor Crafts Festival of the Bruce Museum - 2019

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This is a first-class show - one of my favorites. The show promoter is an artist herself, so she knows what makes a good show and is always there to help in any way she can. This show opens my season every year. For the past seven years it has rained, but this year had spectacular weather. It brought out many shoppers who were willing to open their wallets. I did roughly 25% better than last year.

A big change this year was the layout. Previously, the museum lawn was used for some vendor spots. This proved to be a challenge for some, as it's on a slight hill and can be an issue for patrons to walk down. That was eliminated this year with an expanded parking lot for us to set up on. This meant that all artists set up on pavement.

Load-in and -out is easy at the museum. Just pull your car up to your spot and unload, then drive your vehicle to the commuter lot, which is about a block away. This commuter lot also allows RV parking for the weekend. Make sure to put your parking sign on your dashboard, so the authorities know you are an attending artist at the show.

It's a well-known show, so many regulars come back year after year. Signage can also be found around the neighboring towns. It's also publicized in the local paper. Attendance was stronger this year, and I attribute it to the fabulous weather.

Saturday night the promoter provides dinner, drinks, and cash awards (which is so much fun) in each category. Leftovers are put out on Sunday, so you can get a quick meal before you hit the road for home. It is a great group of artists who are very supportive of each other.

Booth sitters are available in abundance and can be found walking the show throughout the weekend. There are indoor restrooms in addition to the port-o-lets, and the museum also has a shower for those who want to camp.

As an artist in a very competitive category, I would absolutely return again next year.

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When and Where?:
May 18-19, 2019
Greenwich, CT

  Bruce Museum
  Sue BrownGordon
  Greenwich CT
Spaces: 80
Space fee/s: $370.00 to $740.00
  100% Outdoor
Attendance: 10,000
Admission: $10.00

Author: Dawn Lombard
   Pennsylvania Reporter