Check Out the Northeast PAC Spring Arts & Crafts Festival
Check out this year's VocTech Spring Arts and Crafts Festival held this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Not only are there dozens upon dozens of crafters with all imaginable sorts of items, but there's also stage entertainment, activities, workshops, food and more. Something for each member of the family. In fact, this is one of the north shore's largest Spring Arts and Craft fairs. Attendance is expected to exceed last year's number of 1000 visitors.
Artists in the House
Over 80 artisans from all over New England, including several from our very own Wakefield, will be selling their wares. You will find everything from jewelry, knitted items, original works of art, prints, wood crafted items, unique bags, planters, baby wear, candles, soaps, pet items, bird baths and houses, clothing, and many more interesting and often one-of-a-kind items.
In fact, there are so many vendors at this festival that they completely fill up the gymnasium and cafeteria, and spill out into the lobby and all thoughout the hallways of the school. There is plenty to choose from. If you can't find a Mother's Day gift here, you might as well give it up.
What to Do and See
Keep your eye to the stage during the show, as there will be terrific local entertainment there throughout the day. Local entertainers include: McGonagle Studio Irish step dancers, Movement Dance Studio, and Ed Morgan, the music man for preschoolers.
Find the balloon artist and the face painter, and participate in cookie decorating with Cookies By Design. Do some sand art or spin art. Check out the zumba demo with Rose Medeiros. Take part in a tai/chi and karate workshop with Beyond Self Defense, or have a postural screening.
The Northeast Tech students are putting on workshops as well. The childcare students will be doing a door hanging craft for the little ones. The cosmotology students will offer hair brading and nail art.
The Middlesex Sheriff's Office will be on hand to do child finger printing.
When you get hungry, head on over to the food court for some breakfast or lunch items.
Rumor Has It
I heard from a good source, the show's organizer Gloria Mezikofsky, that there will be a raffle giveaway of 2 sets of Red Sox tickets - field box seats!
About the Organizers
This is the fifth year that the Northeast Parent Advisory Council has presented the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, and believe me, it's an enormous task well executed and with a very admirable reward. Proceeds of the show go towards scholarships for the students at Voc Tech to persue higher education in their fields of endeavor. Though admission is free, last year the Parent Advisory Council was able to award students an impressive sum of $9,500 in stipends via booth costs, according to Mezikofsky.
The Parent Advisory Council acts as the ear to the parents, holding meetings with the school board to discuss parental concerns. This show is their annual fundraiser. A cheerful crew of volunteers has been recruited to make the show run smoothly. They include current and former students and their parents.