Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spring is Coming - the Craft Fairs are Calling

This time of year is the hardest for me. I get tired of the cold and want the weather to start getting warmer. I look for little signals from Mother Nature every day - birds start to sing a bit instead of silently looking for food; maple tree buds begin to swell ever so slightly as the sap starts rising (and in New England I see the spiles and sap buckets hanging to capture the excess); and finally the snow starts to look like grey sand as it compacts and gets hard just before finally giving up its grip on the road side.

Another harbinger of spring is starting to appear: calls for artists and crafters for this season's upcoming fairs, festivals and art shows. The first one to arrive in my email is from the Bizarre Bazaar Boston folks, who kindly sent along news and a call for artists and performers for ArtBeat 2010, presented by Somerville (MA) Arts Council. "During the heat of summer (held on the third weekend in July), artists and festival goers converge on Davis Square, transforming it into one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals. ArtBeat includes music, performance art, craft vendors, dance, theater, food, and a whole more."

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