The Columbus Day weekend is a time for shopping and browsing countless one-of-a-kind items from local artists and artisans in two major free events. One is an arts and crafts show at the historic Annisquam Village Hall, and the other is around scenic Cape Ann, visiting the studios of working artists and artisans. Here are details of both:
27th Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show
For 27 years, the quiet village of Annisquam comes alive each Columbus Day weekend with the annual Annisquam Arts & Crafts show when it invites shoppers to explore on their own over Columbus Day with dozens of artists and artisans exhibiting their wares. The show takes place at the Annisquam Village Hall at 34 Leonard St. in Gloucester on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The show features 40 local, North Shore and New England artists and artisans, who will be displaying and selling their handcrafted items that include pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, toys, jams, photographs, paintings and more. Local artists in the show include Manchester watercolorist Marion Hall, 13-year-old Teddie Moskall of Gloucester with his photography cards, Kenn “Gramps in the Attic” Tarr with his popular crafted wooden toys, and Annisquam and Rocky Neck artist E.J. Lefavour with her aerial Cape Ann photography and just published “Tales of Bong Tree Island” book.
A portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to the Annisquam Village Church, Cape Ann’s historic Third Parish, established in 1728. There is no entrance fee and the facility is wheelchair accessible.
Cape Ann Artisans fall studio tour
Cape Ann Artisans members will open their doors to the public all three days of Columbus Day weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The tour provides an opportunity to interact with 21 artists in 18 different studios and learn about their inspiration and how they transform an idea into art.