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By Mary Heyl

If you’re searching for that perfect hand-made Mother’s Day gift, looking forward to a beautiful day outdoors, or interested in supporting a great cause, there’s an arts and crafts festival taking place near you in May. Find that one-of-a-kind item and celebrate local crafters and artisans right in your own community by attending any one of (or all of!) these upcoming arts and crafts shows in Erie County.

On Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Collins Regional Historical Society invites you to attend their 4th Annual Mother’s Day Craft Fair at the LK Painter Community Center. Located at 2355 Main Street in Collins, the community center will house 40 crafters who are looking forward to sharing their variety of gifts, from jewelry to candles to hand-sewn items.

The event also includes a soup and sandwich lunch, a Chinese auction, and a baked good sale to benefit the bicentennial fund of the historical society. All who attend are entered to win the door prize, which will be a $200 value, and raffle tickets for an afternoon brunch cruise for two will be for sale throughout the day.

Are you a crafter interested in participating in this fair? There are still a few booth spaces available (eight feet each) for $15, and for an extra $5, a table is included. For a registration form, contact Margaret at 592-4587 or email collinsregional@roadrunner.com.

You may have known that the northern part of Holland in Europe has the most beautiful tulip fields in the world, but did you know that Holland, NY celebrates these bright perennials too? The Town of Holland is celebrating its 62nd Annual Tulip Festival from May 11 through May 13, with a whole weekend full of fun events including a classic and muscle car show, rides and midway, parade, garden club flower show, book sale, and a huge arts, crafts and collectibles sale!

On Saturday, May 13, Holland High School, located at 103 Canada Street, is hosting the arts, crafts and collectibles sale, which will take place outdoors and inside the gymnasium, hallways, and cafeteria. Visitors can shop a variety of hand-made crafts, such as woodworking, painted signs and jewelry, food items, as well as antiques and collectibles! The craft sale begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. (or sooner, depending on crowd size). For more information, contact John Hilton at 652-4688.

Twin Maple Event Management (TMEM) is hosting its 2nd annual series of artisan festivals at Granny’s Boot Antiques, home of the Grevpode Gallery at 10761 Miller Road in Springville. From April through September, Granny’s Boot hosts a monthly outdoor festival featuring artists, exhibitors, demonstrators, music, food and more. Each month features a different theme: May’s festival, which takes place on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will have fiber as its theme!

In this case, fiber refers to any kind of animal fleece that can be made into a warm garment or unique craft! Demonstrators will be on site showing visitors how fiber can be spun into yarn, and there will also be weavers showing visitors how to use this hand-made yarn. From felted items to knitted items, there will be a variety of crafters and artisans who use this unique medium to make all kinds of beautiful pieces. Like all TMEM artisan festivals, this event is free to attend and children are welcome! For more information, including vendor registration, visit www.tmemfestivals.com.

Whether it’s hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items, tasty treats, or simply a fun afternoon with friends and family, no matter what you enjoy about arts and crafts festivals, you’re sure to find it at one of these great area events!  Stay tuned to read about more arts and crafts festivals coming up this year.

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