BY JOE MARVILLI
Bayside residents, get ready for a weekend of creative mediums on sale for you to enjoy.
The Bayside Village BID will be hosting its annual Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, April 26 from noon to 5 p.m. Taking place near the Bayside LIRR station, the outdoor art show will feature creative people from many disciplines selling their wares.
Now in its third year, the festival will include paintings, clothing, jewelry, photography and sculptures among the items available to purchase. Although it takes place in Bayside, the BID said that the weekend event draws in people from Bay Terrace, Flushing, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Oakland Gardens.
Last year’s fair had around 15 vendors. According to Lyle Sclair, executive director of the Bayside BID, they are mainly looking for vendors from the Borough, but anyone from the surrounding area is welcome.
To help increase its selection, the BID is looking for artists and creatives to sign up as vendors for the rain-or-shine event. The fee to have a table at the fair is $75, payable by check, money order or credit card. Checks need to be addressed to the Bayside Village BID, located at 213-33 39th Ave. Payments are non-refundable.
Vendors can begin setting up their table at 10 a.m. They must supply their own tables, chairs, electricity, Internet access or other needs for their displays. Sclair said the fee is to offset any costs the fair may create, in an effort to keep the event as revenue neutral as possible.
“For the vendors, we hope they have a great day of sales so they’ll want to come back,” Sclair said. “For attendees, it’s not just the arts and crafts festival but taking another 20 minutes to walk up and down and see what Bell Boulevard has to offer.”
To receive further information or a sign up form, call the BID at (718) 423-2434 or visit www.baysidevillagebid.com/artsandcraftsvendors. The fair will be located on 41st Avenue between Bell Boulevard and 213th Street.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.