Is one of your goals to make your home look as beautifully put-together as a spread in a shelter/lifestyle magazine – say, one like Country Living? If so, you’ll want to head for the annual Country Living Fair, which will return to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on May 31 to June 2. Hands-on Make & Take Workshops instructed by fair vendors and presenters – this year including Annie Sloan, creator of Chalk Paint, and Charlyne Mattox, Country Living Food & Crafts director – tend to fill up early. To view the selection of workshops and preregister, visit www.stellashows.com.
The Country Living Fair brings the magazine’s content to life in three outdoor settings across the country. Each Fair features 200+ vendors from more than 30 states and is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors. Vendors include antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture-makers and crafters. Guests can also meet Country Living editors and special guests, attend cooking and crafting demonstrations and book-signings and sample locally sourced artisanal food.
Special guests in Rhinebeck this year include the aforementioned Annie Sloan, singer/songwriter Holly Williams, travel/lifestyle experts Jackie Greaney and Paul Havel, The Joy of Junk author Mary Randolph Carter, style guru Matthew Mead and Farmhouse Rules author Nancy Fuller. New to the Fair for 2019 is the City Farmhouse Popup Shop, hosted by Kim and David Leggett of Franklin, Tennessee.
The Fair will also feature local New York vendors, including Adams Fairacre Farms, the Hudson Valley Seed Company and Jennifer Hoertz Millinery.
Held rain or shine outdoors, in barns, and under tents, the Fair takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds at 6550 Spring Brook Avenue (Route 9) in Rhinebeck. Parking is free. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday for Early Bird ticketholders). Tickets cost $13 in advance and $18 at the door for single-day admission; three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Children aged 16 and under get in free. An Early Bird three-day weekend pass is available for $30 in advance, $40 at the door. You can purchase print-at-home tickets at www.stellashows.com.
Country Living Fair, Friday-Sunday, May 31-June 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $13-$40, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave. (Rt. 9), Rhinebeck, (973) 808-5015, www.countryliving.com/fair.