Each week the Vineyard Artisans gather at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Thursdays and Sundays during the summer and shoulder seasons. A stroll through the aisles can feel at times like a tour down Diagon Alley. Who knows what one will encounter around the next corner? There are homemade brooms, jewelry, alpaca fleece and blackmith fashions. The materials range from leather to clay, reclaimed wood to wool, whelk to sheepskin.
On Labor Day, for the 18th year in a row, the artisans festival moves to the Agricultural Hall to accommadate the entire network of Island artisans, some 120 strong and counting. Here one can not only buy hand-crafted items but see them being made, too. Watch weavers, forgers, glass blowers and furriers in the act of creating.
The festival starts tonight, August 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival is free, although there is a parking fee of $2 which goes to scholarships for student at the regional high school.
There is also plenty of food available.
For more information, visit vineyardartisans.com/18th-annual-labor-day-festival.