You will fall in love with things, even if you’re not a “thing” person. The sheer variety and quality of the juried and 100% handmade goods on offer makes it inevitable. “We have one woman who’s been coming every year for fifteen years and choosing herself a piece each time, and she tells us her whole place is decorated from here. She loves knowing the story behind every item,” says Rubinstein. “We have people who’ve been to each of the 72 shows as visitors, and seven of the original vendors are still with us; it’s become quite a community of creativity.”
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“You can just grab a drink and walk around listening to live music—we have four acts a day—and interact with artisans as they demo their various processes,” Rubinstein says. “There are so many demonstrations that run the gamut from hammock-making, Adirondack chair-making, Alpacas and the fiber art handspun from their fleece—that you can walk around for hours just soaking up the mastery.”
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Besides the durables, you’ll find handcrafted specialty foods and healthcare products and (of course) fine craft beverages. And everything is curated with the same kind of love and care that a passionate maker puts into every piece.
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Visit the Woodstock-New Paltz Arts and Crafts Fair August 31,10 am-5:30 pm; September 1, 10 am-5:30 pm; and September 2, 10 am-4:00 pm. The Quail Hollow folks are also producing the first-ever Oktoberfest Handcrafted at Rhinebeck: A Family Harvest Celebration the first weekend of October. Mark your calendar now, because once you get a taste of Quail Hollow style, you’ll be hankering for more.
Discount tickets, weekend passes, coupons, entertainment schedule, media galleries, and more are available at www.quailhollow.com.