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Springtime in the Vineyard Arts & Crafts Show – Thursday, May 7


May 7
10:00 – 7:00
Spring in the Vineyard

Casa Larga
2287 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY 14450

The Bent Utensil
Cherie Carter Designs
Hope in Art Studio
Culinary Designs/Joanne Andrews
Mary Terziani Glass1st Place in Glass, 2014 Brockport Arts Festival
Purple Hippo Crafts

Craft Show at Casa Larga Winery – May 2

May 2
10:00 – 7:00
Spring in the Vineyard

Casa Larga Vineyards
2287 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Berkes Beads and Art
Cherie Carter Designs2nd Place in Fiber, Brockport Arts Festival 2012
Crazy Daisy Designs
JEM Design
Just Terrific
Pine Tree Designs
The Bent Utensil

Holidays in the Vineyard – Thursday, Nov 1, 2012

Yes, this show IS on a Thursday! And it lasts until 7:00 pm so if you’re a nine-to-fiver, stop by on your way home. Plenty of free parking and we’ll leave a light on for you. Lots to see and buy and this wonderful show, presented by well known craft show professional, Sharon Kahler.

See you Thursday!

November 1
10:00 – 7:00
Holidays in the Vineyard

Casa Larga Vineyards
2287 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Berkes Beads and Art
Cherie Carter Custom Designer Handbags & Accessories2nd Place in Fiber, Brockport Arts Festival 2012
Fleece Hats Galore
Gates Shadows
In My Head StudiosHonorable Mention at Artist Row 2012
MTerzia Designs
Pat Berardi Quilts & Fiber Art
Pine Tree Designs
Tattered Pearls
Washington Landing Creations

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Signs of Spring Art & Craft Show

I have known Sharon Kahler for 7 years. She has been organizing craft shows for 30 years and told me just the other day she still loves every minute of it. I want to be Sharon Kahler when I grow up!

Her first show was with friends, out of her home. When they outgrew that space she moved on to larger venues around the Pittsford/Fairport area; Perinton Square Mall, St. John of Rochester, Casa Larga Winery and Powers Farm Market.

My very first show was with Sharon at St. John of Rochester. I was as nervous and anxiety-filled as any first timer. She was warm and welcoming. She gave me a great spot, I did well and met a lot of nice artisans and customers. Customers kept asking me where my next show was, “Um, I don’t have one – this is my very first show ever! Just wanted to see if people like my work.” They did and I officially had The Fever.

I did Sharon’s shows at Casa Larga for several years; all three – May, October and November. When the rent became too high, which Sharon refused to pass on to the artisans, she found other locations to hold the show. But she tells me that Casa Larga employees would tell her that customers still showed up on those first Thursdays in those 3 months, looking for the show.

Sharon tries very hard to not have duplicate vendors and she spends a lot of money on advertising, while utilizing as much free publicity as she can get. She was bemoaning the increase of postage the other day because she sends out over 3000 postcards for each show. With each Welcome Packet given to each vendor, she includes copies of the ads she’s placed. And yet, I don’t believe she’s raised her fees to vendors once in the time I’ve been doing her shows. She’s amazing!

Sharon has a lovely relationship with the Powers family so she’s happy to hold a show there every spring, the weekend before Easter. Powers Farm Market opens the following weekend.

Please stop by the very cool log cabin market and see the amazing artisans Sharon has assembled together. If this wackadoo warm weather we’ve been having hasn’t put spring in your heart, this show certainly will. And say hello to Sharon – she’d love to meet you!

March 29 – April 1
Thursday March 29, 2012 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday March 30, 2012 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday March 31, 2012 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday April 1, 2012 10:00am – 4:00pm
Signs of Spring Art-Craft Show

Powers Farm Market
161 Marsh Road
Pittsford, NY

Whimsical Copper Creations
Wooly ThingsWinner Best of Show, 2011 Hilton Apple Fest

Arts & Crafts Show Returns to Casa Larga Winery

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at Casa Larga Winery
Thursday, November 10, 10:00-7:00

Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY

Graceful Living
In My Head Studios
Native State
Pine Tree Designs
Tom Zachman Fused Glass

The lovely Sharon Kahler is the producer of this show, which was held 3 times/year (May, October and November) during the years when I first started doing craft shows. It was always held on a Thursday and ran until 7:00 pm in order to catch the heading-home-from-work crowd. I developed a loyal following of steady customers from this show and made friends with some very talented artists. (Hi Vickie, Rachel and Liz!)

Sharon has always done a good job of keeping her shows reasonably priced for the artists so when the rent at the winery became higher than she was comfortable with, she moved the show to her church.

This year – it’s back at Casa Larga! I find myself unexpectedly very excited about “returning to my roots”. Sharon treats her artists well – provides coffee and sweet rolls and breads for breakfast, makes lunch ordering available, allows plenty of time for set-up before the show and her artists represent a good variety of high quality work. It’s become a bit of a tradition for my mom to show up at the show and ask me what I want for Christmas. We give donations for gifts now, with a small gift to open, usually handmade by someone – my family excels at gift giving, if I say so myself. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be able to point her in the direction of some lovingly hand-crafted item that I know I’ll treasure.

Stop by Casa Larga Winery this Thursday, 10:00-7:00 and see the work of the artists listed above and many more. If you are interested in applying to the show sometime, I’ll be more than happy to introduce you to Sharon.


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