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Alternative craft fair Craftastic comes to Bangor

BANGOR – With the holidays just around the corner, November promises to be filled with traditional craft fairs. However, on November 18, Craftastic will join the pack and offer something different from the customary craft fair.

Craftastic is an alternative craft event, with vendors from the New England area offering items that are not typical for craft fairs. As host Jess LeClair puts it, “We are slightly nerdy and geeky vendors. We are the kind of vendors that are usually found at anime conventions, comic book shows and steam punk festivals. A lot of our work is only seen in conventions because you have to pay an entry fee to get into the event. Craftastic is a free event where you can buy directly from these talented makers.”

This is Craftastic’s first year as a craft fair. LeClair has been living in the Bangor for seven years and is excited to bring these vendors into the downtown area.

“I wanted to create a show that was really about enjoying the work that the other makers and I do,” she said. “I also wanted to encourage people to shop local as well as expose Bangor to the alternative craft scene.”

This will not be a one-time event, according to LeClair. “I am definitely planning on making this an annual event,” she said.

Craftastic is free and family-friendly. There will also be a welcome table filled with treats and an art table. At the art table, children can draw on coloring pages drawn by vendors or create a pet rock at the pet rock station. On top of the art table, one vendor, Eden from Tree & Vine, will be doing henna. There will also be door prizes hourly and an end of the day raffle.

“It’s going to be really fun,” LeClair said. “There’s going to be a lot of good things to do as well as buy.”

There will be 18 vendors at the show. Vendors will be selling fantasy items, ceramics, hand painted glassworks, soaps, aromatherapy materials, illustrations, photography and much more. LeClair’s company Adventure Awaits! will be selling a variety of fantasy and folklore items. Bart Brizee will be selling his LARP Box. LARP stands for live action role playing; the LARP box is a monthly subscription gift box tailored to the live action role playing community. Another notable vendor, Temple of the Feminine Divine, will be selling wands and baked goods.

As LeClair explained, “There’s a little bit of everything. There’s a wide range from pop culture to beautifully handmade items. It’s going to be a really fun range of contemporary work. There is going to be a little something for everyone.”

Spend your Saturday shopping local at Craftastic. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18 at the Union Street Brick Church. To learn more about the event and the specific vendors, you can check out the Craftastic Facebook event page or visit Craftastic online at craftasticmaine.com. 

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