Gill Fall Festival and Craft Fair
Friends of Gill's
17th Annual Gill Fall Craft Fair!
October 17 + 18, 2009
10 AM - 4 PM
Old Riverside School on Route 2, Gill, 413-863-9708
Rain or Shine
Held during peak fall splendor, this juried fair showcases artisans from throughout New England and their pottery, woodworking, fine and folk art, jewelry, photography, fiber art, and more. Browse the craft booths and choose from hundreds of distinctive, hand crafted items. The Festival offers the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of uniquely handcrafted work, meet and talk with the artists and join featured artists in the technical demonstration tent. Concessions boast the locally famous Gill firefighters' homemade French fries! Explore the produce wagons that reflect Gill's rich agricultural history with local produce, apple cider, maple syrup, honey, jellies and jams, apple pies, spice mixes, herbal products and dried floral arrangements. Come for the fall foliage, the crafts, the food, and the fun.
Held just across the river in Gill!
Images - March Hare by Steven Earp, Cutting Boards by Darryl Ballou
on the grounds of the Four Winds School
54 French King Highway, Gill MA
From the East: Route 2 West. Continue 2.9 miles past the French King Bridge (Gill town line).
From other points: Route 91 to Exit 27 (Route 2 East). Continue 2.5 miles to the Gill town line. The Four Winds School is 0.3 miles past the intersection of Route 2 and Main Road.
Friends of Gill
The Gill Arts and Crafts Festival, which features fine artisans from all over New England, is hosted each year by the Friends of Gill, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing funds and resources for community events and organizations. The Festival, held this year on October 17-18, is the largest of many fundraising events that continue throughout the year.
Vital community projects have included:
* two annual scholarships for college-bound residents,
* a generous contribution for water rescue equipment,
* equipment and activity funds for the Gill Elementary School,
* the Gill-Montague High School Graduation Party,
* the annual Picnic on the Common,
* support of youth sports programs like Little League and the Parks and Recreation Commission,
* the preparation and delivery of holiday gift baskets for senior citizens,
* maintenance of community and historic buildings,
* support for town entities like the Slate Memorial Library, the Gill Fire Department, and the Historic Commission.
This popular event also provides a venue for other town non-profit organizations, such as the Firemen's Association, the PTO, and the Slate Library, to raise funds through their participation.