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To all Crafters, Vendors, and Volunteers,
News UPDATE: HOMESPUN HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW - Applications No Longer Being Accepted for the Live Event
We got the final approval for the Homespun Holiday Craft Show, Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM! Note: Masks are required for this indoor campus event.
HOMESPUN HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW LIVE EVENT IS A GO! Check out the 30- second TV AD to promote this event! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJTi1XdbV9g
As an alternative to the live, on-campus event, we are hosting the 2nd Annual Holiday Traditions Online Only Virtual Craft Fair! Crafters are encouraged to review the detailed information and participate in this virtual online-only event. We offer two affordable levels of participation through either a 4-month or 12-month business membership. We also added a virtual interactive crafter “Emaze” gallery! Review the details and links to all information. - Crafter Applications
To help us host the event, we will request extra volunteer help from 12:00-5:00 PM on Friday, November 5th, and from 7:00 AM-7:00 PM Sunday, November 7, 2021.
Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation with our efforts to promote the Arts at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus and throughout the local communities. We encourage you to share this information!
2020 - THE SHOW MUST GO ON!
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Student Helps Create Virtual Craft Fair
After Arts at Hayfield canceled both of its planned craft shows, volunteers began formulating a plan so the show could go on – with the assistance of a Penn State Wilkes-Barre student who is using her skills to help the event go virtual.
The Hometown Traditions Virtual Craft Fair launched on September 6, 2020 and continues through August 2021.
Arts at Hayfield has a long tradition of raising funds to support local arts programs and artists as well as supplying scholarships to Penn State Wilkes-Barre students. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for patrons’ safety and well-being, the organization was forced to cancel both the 2020 Summer Arts Festival and Homespun Holiday Craft Show.
As an alternative to the live on-campus craft shows, organization volunteers worked together to create a craft fair to promote crafters and vendors. Jonathan Pineno, president; Janis Winter, treasurer; William Bachman, marketing and promotions, and Autumn Resauit, social media, and marketing coordinator, developed the Hometown Traditions Virtual Craft Fair, which pays homage to the history of Arts at Hayfield craft fairs that have been hosted at Penn State Wilkes-Barre for 35 years.
This year’s virtual craft fair connects crafters to visitors through Facebook and the Arts at Hayfield website. Throughout the coming weeks, Arts at Hayfield will post a featured crafter to help them gain exposure to Arts at Hayfield craft show patrons. Those interested in an item they see during the virtual event can visit the crafters’ websites or contact the crafter to make a purchase.
Autumn Resauit worked with Pineno, her mentor, to create a proposal and advertisement pieces for the virtual craft fair. Resauit continues managing the Facebook page, where she creates graphics and develops posts.
“Everything that I know about social media, event promotion and communications is from my Penn State courses,” she said. “Volunteering with Arts at Hayfield has given me the chance to combine my passion for the arts and to apply what I have learned in my courses.”
Resauit also said helping the craft show continue is important to her because as a student herself, she knows how important the scholarships offered at Penn State Wilkes-Barre are. “I’m so passionate about helping Arts at Hayfield because it benefits students. I know that as a student, any help is welcomed,” she said.