$50 – $80

Artisan Registration for the Dickens Festival Holiday Craft Fair 2017

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Thank you for registering for the Dickens Festival. Please watch your email for a confirmation from All Souls Church of Braintree. If one of the spaces you requested is not available, we will be in touch with you. Please note that all jewelry spaces have been reserved for this year.

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All Souls Church of Braintree

196 Elm Street

Braintree, MA 02184

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Thank you for registering for the Dickens Festival. Please watch your email for a confirmation from All Souls Church of Braintree. If one of the spaces you requested is not available, we will be in touch with you. Please note that all jewelry spaces have been reserved for this year.
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Artisan Registration for the

23rd Annual Dickens Holiday Festival

All Souls Church

196 Elm Street in Braintree, MA

Saturday, November 18, 2017

from 10 AM to 3 PM


The Dickens Festival Holiday Craft Fair has become a major event in the community as it kicks off the season in grand style. In 2016, we had over 600 visitors to the Dickens Festival.


We welcome artisans who make their own handcrafted items to our marketplace. We may request to see a sample of items to be sold before accepting your application. All accepted artisans will be asked to submit a picture of what they make along with a brief description of themselves or their small business and their craft. We will be in touch with you at a later date for this information.

The first floor of the building where the Dickens marketplace will be located is handicap accessible and we have an ADA compliant restroom. Please let us know if you have special requirements.


Rules? What rules?

We do have a lot of artisan guidelines because we want all to understand what they are before registering. This artisan venue is special.

All artisans are strongly encouraged to dress in period costume. (Think Charles Dickens, Think A Christmas Carol, Think Oliver). Costume ideas: a top hat, mop hat or bonnet, white frilly blouse or shirt, colorful vest. Your costume need not be extravagant. Workers at the festival will be dressed in costume, some will be dressed as Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Jacob Marley. Being in costume identifies you as being part of the festival and helps create the right atmosphere throughout the festival. It is one of the things that sets the Dickens Festival apart from other fairs.

If not in costume, please dress 'up' ... you can wear a plain white, red, green or black shirt or top; please do not wear modern printed Christmas sweatshirts and clothing with slogans, etc.


ALL JEWELRY SPACES HAVE BEEN FILLED.

Please note, only a few jewelry artisans are accepted each year. Those who bring jewelry as an additional item will not be allowed to display it. Even though jewelry is lovely, this limit has been put into place in response to patron requests for variety.


One registration per person, please. If a group of friends are reserving spaces, each artisan's name must appear in their reservation.

One space per person.


We are unable to accept reservations from those offering free medical screenings and other services. We are unable to accept reservations from re-sellers. The marketplace is a venue for crafters to sell their handmade items. Those who do not have handmade items to sell are welcome to rent space at our Annual Community Yard Sale held in the spring.


Occasionally someone will bring items that are not as described and we reserve the right to ask that such items be removed from display. Please understand that this is a venue for crafters only, no matter how nice the items are.


The Dickens Festival will be publicized in the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, Braintree Forum, Braintree Advertiser, Patch.com, Boston.com, YELP.com, Eventful, other online listings, on local cable access television, on a sign in front of the church as well as signage throughout Braintree and neighboring cities and towns.

All tables and table tops are approximately 72”x 30” (6 foot) with the exception of the piano top. All artisans will be in our church sanctuary (Marketplace).

Most tables are table tops set in place on the tops of our pews, about waist to chest height, depending on how tall you are. Some are free-standing tables. Please see pictures.

This picture below shows how the table tops set on top of the pews look before artisans decorate them and add their items. They are higher than the few free-standing banquet tables but we use the pews as legs and offer the same surface area.

setup of artisan table tops and tables


singing

Welcome!

Scrooge


Artisans may set up begining at 8 AM the day of the festival and the Friday night prior from 7 PM until 9 PM. We urge artisans to set up the night before as it can take some time to become familiar with the building and to arrange your display. Handicap accessible restroom available. During the festival, refreshments are available for purchase. Free coffee and tea is available for artisans. Last year there was some confusion about free food. Food may be purchased from our 'tavern' at the festival, but is not free.



No smoking is allowed in the building.


Spaces are assigned upon receipt of payment with online reservation or upon receipt of check. First come, first served. Please be aware that an online reservation for the space desired may come in while a check is still in the mail. First paid reservation received will be honored.


All receipts from artisan sales are the property of the artisan. No percentage of artisan sales is taken by All Souls. Whatever you earn, you keep.


The marketplace diagram below shows space locations

Updating the diagram to indicate SOLD spaces is done as soon as possible after reservations are made and crafts evaluated to insure they meet the Dickens Festival guidelines.


IMPORTANT:

After your registration is confirmed, we will ask you to please provide a product picture, along with a paragraph describing your craft items and you or you small business.

This year we will be spotlighting each artisan on our Website, Facebook and Twitter during the month leading up to Dickens with a recap each week and a list of all artisans just before November 18 ... This year we will have paid advertising in the Braintree forum.

Don't be left out of this great opportunity to showcase your craft.




Most visitors to the Marketplace use the main entrance through the church vestibule with space #1 facing them


PLEASE SEE DIAGRAM FOR SOLD SPACES BEFORE RESERVING

Jewelry Artisans are noted on the diagram.


All jewelry spaces have been filled. If a reservation comes in to sell jewelry now that these spaces have been reserved, payment will be refunded. Thank you for your understanding.


STANDARD SPACE

$50 Standard six foot table space - no electricity. These table tops are set up on the tops of the pews and are about 'chest height' ALL TABLE TOPS ARE PROVIDED

STANDARD SPACE WITH ELECTRICITY

$55 Standard six foot table space with access to electricity- bring heavy extension cord Table tops are set up on the tops of the pews and are about 'chest height'

ALL TABLES AND TABLE TOPS ARE PROVIDED


PRIME SPACES

$60 Prime location with our six foot table (#1) Our standard free-standing banquet table just inside the entrance to the Marketplace - no electricity This is the first artisan space that visitors see when they enter the marketplace. TABLE PROVIDED


$65 Prime location with electricity (#2 and #21) Our standard free-standing banquet table near the entrance to the Marketplace with access to electricity - bring heavy extension cord TABLE PROVIDED

Piano top #22 with access to electricity. A very popular space.

PREMIUM SPACES

$70 Premium corner location (#20) at the other door to the church with our standard free-standing banquet table plus room for your smaller table and vertical display - no electricity TABLE PROVIDED

$80 Premium corner location (#19) at the other door to the church with two of our standard free-standing banquet tables plus room for vertical display with access to electricity - bring heavy extension cord TWO TABLES PROVIDED


The online diagram will be updated as payment for reservations is received. Please remember that spaces are not held until payment is received. Also, someone has to manually make these changes after the email is received from the reservation system so there is some delay.


FAQs - Please read to avoid any misunderstanding

What can/can't I sell at the Dickens Festival?


Home made, handcrafted items are what the Marketplace features. Family-friendly items, please, as patrons of all ages visit the Dickens Festival. Our focus is on providing a venue for hand crafters.


NO Tee-Shirts and sweat shirts - the only tee shirts and sweat shirts allowed are those hand-painted or hand-screen printed by the vendor. Mass produced, printed shirts cannot be accepted. We will ask to see samples of any such item before renting a vendor space. Again, our focus is on providing a venue for hand crafters.


Any food items must be gift-type, packaged items approved by All Souls Church as well as by the Braintree Board of Health Limited to 3 vendors. Please contact All Souls Church for specific guidelines with regard to such sales as we must adhere to town regulations.No baked goods will be considered and there can be no sampling allowed.

If during the festival an artisan is found to be selling items not in keeping with our guidelines, they will be asked to remove those items from the marketplace. We reserve the right to evaluate each application in the interest of maintaining a good balance and variety of offerings in the marketplace.

Again, all jewelry spaces have been filled. If a reservation comes in to sell jewelry now that these spaces have been reserved, payment will be refunded. Thank you for your understanding.



Cancellations

Cancellations one week or less before the date of the festival might not be refunded.

Please understand that the Dickens Festival is the most important annual fundraiser for All Souls Church and is run by volunteer church members and friends. If an artisan reserves a space and is then unable to attend the festival, it can take considerable time and effort to find a replacement as those on our waiting list often commit to other fairs while waiting for a space and are no longer available to come to the Dickens Festival on short notice. We will make every effort to do so, however we cannot guarantee we will be able to fill the space and refund the cancelling person's payment.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send emails to the office at allsoulsbraintree@gmail.com

Call 781 843-1388

All artisans applying for a space at the Dickens Festival are presumed to understand and agree to comply with the guidelines set forth by the Dickens Committee.

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