Due to unforeseen circumstances, the June 23 & 24 Crafts at Rhinebeck show has been cancelled. The September 29 & 30 Fall Crafts at Rhinebeck is not affected by this decision and will take place as scheduled.
Admission Price: Adults $7.00, Children under 12 Free
2012 Fall Crafts at Rhinebeck
2012 Sept 29-30 Craf ts at Rhinebeck - application deadline July 15
at Rhinebeck: A Historical Perspective
The year was 1972. It was yet another time of unrest in our
nation. A band of young artists had an idea that had shown great
promise in the mountains of Vermont. Outfitted in their tye-dye
T-shirts and jeans, they traveled from Mt. Snow and Stowe, Vermont
to the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. They were pursuing a venue
with a potentially larger audience for their new creation, an
arts and crafts fair. Unfortunately, a very skeptical fair manager
informed them that he had no intention of turning his beautiful
fairgrounds over "to a bunch of pot smoking hippies!"
Because they had traveled a distance to get there, the manager
told them that they could come back and make their "pitch"
to the Ag. Society for a more favorable response, if they wished.
The young artists returned later minus the tye-dyes, minus the
aroma of musk and incense, and now outfitted in their Sunday best.
Society members listened to their plea and responded affirmatively.
Thus, the American Crafts Council brought their first event to
the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. That inaugural show was open
to artists from thirteen east coast states. The ACC remained on
the fairgrounds through 1983 before moving to the East Coast States
Exposition grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts. In June
of 1984, Crafts at Rhinebeck was born and has remained the premier
arts and crafts show in the Northeast to this day.
The June Crafts at Rhinebeck is a "high end," contemporary
show. The fall show has more of the flavor of a family festival.
While many of the same artists participate, with a petting zoo, and plenty of pumpkins, the fall show is produced with
the family in mind. Both shows are juried and attract some of
the finest artists from around the world.