Accompany me to the Southern Vermont Arts and Crafts Shows near me this weekend. Let’s start this fall season out right with what we do best: embrace the beauty and the nature of creativity and get inspired by people “who do” along the way.

Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival

Do you enjoy going to arts and crafts shows near you? I thought I’d share a few of the local arts and crafts shows near me with you this fall season, starting with this festival this past weekend here in Vermont.

Arts and Crafts Shows Near Me _ Meeting Inspiration Along the Way

September Thunderstorms

I’ve mentioned that recently, the weather here has been very humid and swampy, which is causing some severe thunderstorms and winds to roll in.

And unfortunately, this little arts and crafts show near me got hit hard on Friday night by some of those disturbances. Many of the craft vendor’s pop-up tents collapsed and actually blew away. The festival had to transform the dining tent into a place for the vendors to reside for the overall weekend. Yikes!

Southern Vermont Arts and Crafts Shows Near Me

Parking and Fees

We arrived early on Saturday morning upon the show’s 10:00 a.m. opening in an effort to avoid the afternoon heat and upcoming forecasted thunderstorms.

Parking was free, and it was a short walk to the arts and crafts show held at the Riley Hockey Rink’s field in Manchester, Vermont, where boots were now a must.

It was $10 per person to attend, but because of the rain, the fee was discounted to $7.00, with proceeds and donations going to Habitat for Humanity.

Inspired by People “Who Do”

What I love about attending arts and crafts shows near me is meeting all the friendly vendors and visitors who bring creativity and diversity to our local communities. A smile and a hello go a long way to embolden us all.

Spirit of Sky Drums

Spirit of Sky Drums” was the first vendor in the lineup, with the sounds of authentic African drums, which inspired children and adult classes alike—known for their natural rhythm within each of us, as natural as our own heartbeat, they would say.

Spirit Sky Drum Vendor Tent

Clinton Pottery

Next, I swooned over the handmade “Clinton Pottery“.

The earthy color tones and unique styles were just fabulous.

My favorites were the spaghetti and berry strainers.

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I chatted with a few ladies surrounding this booth about how wonderful having a skill like this would be. And we all agreed on a lot of patience, too!

Ardent Flame Candles

A friendly chat with my friends over at Ardent Flame Candles, now known as Vermont’s premier candle company out of Bennington, Vermont. They are so proud of their natural soy candles and products.

See what I mean? Doesn’t this make you smile and want to make you head out to your local arts and crafts shows?

Man with Candle

I like to make a point to say hello to all the vendors that I can. They are hard-working folks and appreciate your smile and gratitude so much.

Fleur De Lise Beads & Boutique

The owner at Fleur De Lise Beads & Boutique and I laughed together about how her booth’s mannequin wardrobe reminded us of an ensemble that Carrie Bradshaw from the series “Sex in the City” would have worn back in the day. And her matching booth’s bouquet of flowers was the icing on the cake.

I wished I was tall and thin enough to wear such a wardrobe selection, and she wished the same. It was so nice connecting with a stranger over something that so many of us have in common…

Pink Skirt with Jean Jacket on Mannequin.

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The Quilted Jardin

This darling woman, Martha of “The Quilted Jardin,” created custom quilts from photos of pets. The quilts were endearing, and her attention to the details was special. She could make you one in a weekend, but she preferred to take a bit longer to make each piece as special as your pet.

Kitunga Fashion

The most colorful and eye-catching vendor of all was Kitunga Fashion out of Saratoga, NY, who makes these beautiful bags out of Raffia.

I would have liked to have lingered a bit longer here, but she was so busy, and I could absolutely understand why. She and her mother handmade all the bags, and they were stunning in all their nature.

Colorful African Bags

Deena Howard | DVanV ARTWORKS

Lastly, I’d like to introduce you to Deena of DHoward ART. I loved her paintings, finding them real with a bit of whimsy. She came up to me and said, “I paint as a hobby, and they’re all cheap, I’ve even been known to give some away.” My kind of gal, haha.

Then we got to chatting. Deena paints out of her small Vermont apartment and travels the world alone! She had just returned from Alaska, where she hiked solo with the black bears. She’s been to Africa dozens of times and marveled among the animals. Now I understand why I enjoyed her paintings so much.

Deena of DHoward ART

She lives in the town where I went to college, and her sister was the Dean’s executive assistant when I was in school there in the early 80’s at Green Mountain College. Which unfortunately no longer exists.

I bought two of Deena’s paintings for our newly wallpapered guest bedroom. The first one is pictured here, with the ice skating pond. She told me she started painting it from ballroom dancers she had seen in Europe and transformed it into a Vermont winter ice skating scene.

I also adored the bottom right-hand painting of the red barns, but I wasn’t loving the frame it was in, and she revealed to me that it was actually a Connecticut landscape. So, I quickly settled back to the vintage framed winter ice skating scene for $60.

Winter Painting Displays

Did I mention that Deena started painting just two years ago?

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Wall of Paintings

I attended a neighbor’s 90th birthday party last summer, and her family designed this outdoor wall to display her paintings for those of us to see during her birthday celebration.

I thought you would enjoy seeing this thoughtful idea.

And Deena’s adorable framed “otter in winter” painting, inspired by her trip to Alaska, came home with me, too, for just $10.

Otter in Blue Water Painting

Here are Deena’s paintings now arranged in the corner of our Vermont guest bedroom that I’m currently working on transforming into the look of an old country inn. See more in the post, 3 Wallpaper Bedroom Designs Emblematic of a Cozy Vermont Inn.

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Upcoming Arts and Crafts Shows Near Me

If you are local to New England or simply here for a visit, here are a few of my favorite upcoming arts and crafts shows near me this fall that I wouldn’t dream of missing. Will you be attending any?


Tent Sale hosted by Katherine of Van Claus Designs at her studio for her first ever TENT SALE! The discounts will be enormous, and the finds, extraordinary ~ Up to 50% OFF!

*UPDATE~ POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 DUE TO HURRICANE THREAT THIS WEEKEND.

Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

at 1 Front Street, Studio 201 Salmon Falls Mills, Rollinsford, NH


Vintage Bazaar New England is then the next upcoming arts and crafts shows near me, all vintage-inspired.

Saturday, September 30, 8:30 am-4:00 pm & Sunday, October 1, 2023, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

at Kimball Farm Haverhill, MA


Then I’ll final out the fall season at an all-time favorite close to home, Vintage Market Days Vermont, over Columbus Day | Indigenous Day weekend.

Friday-Sunday, October 6-8, 2023, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

at Vermont Fairgrounds Rutland, Vermont

Handmade Beanie Hat
Yarn and Whimsy by Bec Handmade in Brattleboro, Vermont

9/11 Remembrance Hike

Yesterday, I took a hike through one of my favorite local spots, Equinox Preserve, in remembrance of 9/11. It was the first of the fall hikes and views, with the foliage just starting to change.

I’ll be sharing a notable amount of Vermont fall foliage views coming up this season, so be sure to follow along. It’s the most beautiful time of the year here in New England.

Ella really wanted to join me on the hike, but she still has four weeks to go in her cast/splint and another four weeks of rest before she can return to her normal activities.

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BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG, ELLA

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us today at our Home in Vermont.

Be sure to check out our Home in Coastal Maine, too, where we spend summers and weekends when we are craving a walk on the beach or a visit with old friends.

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  1. Oh my goodness! I sure wish I had been there to tag along visiting the sweet vendors. Deena’s paintings would have also been a #1 stop for me. True art comes from the heart and I refuse to hang just anything on our walls any more. You bought very wisely in my book:0)
    We will be in the Bar Harbor area in a couple weeks and are a bit worried about the hurricane that’s approaching. Fingers crossed it all passes quickly. Any best places to stop on our drive from Portland to Bar Harbor? We were to scared to do the small plane..so 3 hour scenic route it is.
    Hope Ella gets healed up soon. I too would be sad to miss that walk.

    1. Awww thank you Lori. You are headed up to one of my favorite places ever! Personally the only stop I would make to this beautiful destination is Cabot Mill Antiques in Brunswick, ME. It’s right off the highway too. Otherwise you’ll be happy to spend all your time in Bar Harbor. It’s so beautiful! Have a wonderful trip.