ART and CRAFT SHOWS by the MONTH

Checking out vintage autos at Marshville Birdhouses at Ball's Falls Shu-Cheng Cheng and her pieces at
Artistry by the Lake

 

We’re very lucky here in Niagara in that we have some very good art and craft shows between May and December. We’ll list the telephone numbers for contacts with the shows so you may ask questions of the organizers, if need be. We don’t list the ones that don’t have entrance access and at least large portable washrooms suitable for wheelchair, scooter and stroller users, but after so many years most organizers know what people need. Some displays are up on boulevards and in places where most people can’t walk much less take a scooter or wheelchair. We’ll tell you the lay of the land if we know it with each show. I go to most of these shows myself and use my scooter at all of them. I also try not to have to use the washroom because it is difficult, but have found that, if I must, I can manage. Some shows have small admission charges that go to support a community project or organization. Others are free. Updated Sept. 2011

 



MAY/JUNE
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Thorold Arts & Craft Show 2012 dates to come  – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Thorold Arenas – 70 Front St. N., downtown Thorold. More than 100 artisans from coast to coast featuring a variety of goods from custom-made clothing to jewelry, pottery, original art, gourds, dolls, puppets – the list goes on. $2 admission charged. Sponsored by the Thorold Community Activities Group with all proceeds going to Thorold’s new recreational centre. The building is accessible at the north side. For further information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 905-227-7248

 

Niagara Folk Arts Festival – Folk Arts in the Park – Part of this festival that runs every year from mid-May to early June in St. Catharines is Folk Arts in the Park. Montebello Park in St. Catharines features global cuisine and wines, entertainment from around the world and an International Bazaar as well as art from other countries. Crafts include items made from sheepskin, jewelry, carvings, beading, textiles, glass, clothing, kites and all kinds of things made in other countries represented by groups in Niagara. www.festivalniagara.ca or call the Folk Arts Multicultural Centre at 905-685-6589 ext. 229. Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed in the food area. (See also Festivals)


JUNE/JULY
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Artistry by the Lake - June 30 and July 1, 2012 – Always held the July 1 Canada Day holiday and now also the day before and after if July 1 is near or on a weekend – Queen’s Royal Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake – just look for the gazebo on the water’s edge. A lovely show of quality work featuring 75 juried artists and crafters. The park is flat but has sloped edges. If you’re using a wheelchair or scooter you can find a flatter place to enter near the food tents and you’re all set. The park is right on the lake and many of the crafters are set up under large trees, so even if it is hot, it can be cooler than in town. There is food available to eat sitting on the edge of the park overlooking the water and the entire event makes for a lovely afternoon. Accessible washrooms in the parking lot.

August 
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Heartland Forest Arts and Crafts Fair - 2012 dates to come - Aug. 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. including a Kid's Corner with free games and a community garage sale. Heartland Forest is totally accessible with several accessible washrooms including one very large one. It is located between Kalar and Brown Road in Niagara Falls, ON. There is also a swing for kids in wheelchairs and wheelchair accessible trails through the woods and around the frog pond.


SEPTEMBER
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Marshville Heritage Festival – always the Canadian Labour Day Weekend – Sept. 3,4,5 2011 Wainfleet – Huge art and craft show, classic cars, food – an excellent way to spend a beautiful fall day. www.marshvilleheritage.tripod.com (See also Festivals). 905-899-9995 Margaret Robertson

Grimsby Festival of Art – Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 – A beautiful one-day show on Nelles Blvd. as well as in the Peach King Arena and the Senior Citizens Auditorium where there are accessible washrooms. Some of the crafters have their displays up on the boulevard and that makes it difficult for people in chairs and scooters to see the pieces.  Most know enough not to do that if possible but a craftsperson cannot always pick where they have to set up. Never be afraid to ask people to bring pieces you think you’d like to see to you. A small admission charge gets you into all three areas. Food booths as well.

OCTOBER 2012
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Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival Craft Show and Sale – Oct. 7, 8, 9, 10, 2011 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Ball's Falls is just south of Jordan off Regional Road 81. Watch for the signs. More than 140 juried crafters, gourmet food and wine tents, entertainment, accessible parking and washrooms, loaner wheelchairs and parcel check. I go to this show every year and love it. There is always something new and the people are terrific. You could easily spend an afternoon or an entire day here. Admission $6 person, under 14 free. Contact: Ball’s Falls Centre for Conservation at 905-562-5235.

 

Vineland Thanksgiving Artfest – 2012 dates to come - Oct. 8, 9, 10, 2011 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. No admission. On the Vineland Public School grounds at 4057 Victoria Avenue in Vineland. A huge show featuring more than 125 juried artisans with pottery, glass, art, clothing, Christmas items, you name it. Parking for disabled on school grounds and accessible washrooms. Plenty of visible organizers to ask if you need anything. The show also creeps across the road to a farmer’s front yard and there are another 60 or 70 artisans over there. Contact 905-329-6992.

 

Jordan Lions Seventh Annual Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show – cancelled for now but you can call Jim Librock if you are an exhibitor and want to know when and if the show will be brought back. Contact:  Jim Librock at 905-562-6640 or www.jordanlions.ca

 

NOVEMBER 2012
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Thorold’s 18th Annual Christmas Art and Craft Show – Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Thorold Secondary School, St. David’s Road and Ormond Street in Thorold. More than 80 juried artisans. Admission $2 with all proceeds going to Thorold Secondary School. Accessible washrooms. Information: 905-227-7248 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



DECEMBER 2012

Art by the Falls 14th Annual Christmas Art and Craft Show – Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Optimist Hall, Dorchester and Morrison Streets, Niagara Falls. Fifty juried artisans; accessible parking. Admission $2. Sponsored by and all proceeds to the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, Sunrise. Accessible washrooms. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 905-227-7248.