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Saturday, September 20, 2008
The Urban Country Fair
sponsored by Truth Serum, Somerville Arts Council and ArtsUnion
(raindate: September 21)
3-7pm FREE and open to the public
Union Square, Somerville in the square!
media: hit the image to the right for high res downloads.


last year was so successful we're back to do it again. photos from last year are here.

Truth Serum's Urban Country Fair will combine Exhibitors, Craft and Art Sellers, free Boston SkillShare workshops and old time countrified musical entertainment. Country Fairs are about showing off, sharing information, selling wares and connecting with your neighbors. Truth Serum's Urban Country Fair takes these concepts into the urban square to enliven Union Square and celebrate community, creativity (homegrowing, crafting, artmaking) and all things "country."

Music by:
Three Day Threshold
Lucky 57
Dan Blakeslee
and new cowboys on the block, Hey

Country Dancing by:
Gays for Patsy

Workshops by: Boston SkillShare free workshops:
3-3:30 Yogurt, with Erica
3:30-4:00- Knitting, with Jessie
4:00-5:00- Fermentation, with Pete
5- 6- Recycle Knitting, with Anna (creating sustainable bags)
6-7- Canning, with

Vendors and :
Albertine Press
Isis Inspirations
Lauren Kenneally: Fine Art, Not-So-Fine Art
Monkeyshine Studio
Emily Valenza
Unmapped Boston
Eat Local Honey by Mike Graney
Vagabond Jewelry
Homegrown / Farm Aid
UtiliTies, tshirts, hankies
Zina Dragan
Pinecone and Chickadee
Project Have Hope
Courtney E. Smith and her homemade body products
Sara.Ding.Design with photo post cards
Jess Barnthouse and her stuffed animals
Catherine Aiello bags, wallets, acessories
Eric Lee and his tshirts and patches
Electrical Outfits
Dirty Pillows by Greg Der Ananian
Homegrown from FarmAid
Alma Baumwoll and her Cherrywood Loom and products
Greg Der Ananian's Dirty Pillows
Alma Baumwoll and her Cherrywood Loom and products
Eugene Tan (aka Becca D'Bus) refigured clothing creations
(many will conduct demos at their booths)
Homegrown and Truth Serum will be raffling off a Home Composter!

Fenway Community Health Center with on-site free care insurance enrollment!

(and we still have a few spots open, see the application below.)


The Urban Country Fair
sponsored by Truth Serum and Somerville Arts Council.
Event Date: Saturday September 20, 2008 (raindate: September 21)
Time: 3-7pm (load-in/load-out times will be provided if you become a vendor)
Location: Union Square, Somerville (outdoors)

Vendor Fee: $35
Booth Size: no larger than 10' x 10' (you must bring your own canopy, tables, chairs, etc)

About the ArtsUnion Marketplace Series:
The Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion project is designed to bolster economic activity in Union Square through cultural programming. To learn more about the other markets, go to their website or call 617.625.6600 (x2985). The goals of the ArtsUnion Market Place series include: increasing the visibility of Somerville's strong local artist population; increasing economic activity for participating vendors and the area in general; and cultivating the square's artsy, diverse and unique ambiance.

Truth Serum's Urban Country Fair will combine Exhibitors, Craft and Art Sellers, Boston SkillShare workshops and old time countrified musical entertainment. Country Fairs are about sharing knowledge with neighbors while showing off your best efforts and maybe making some money while having fun. Truth Serum's Urban Country Fair will celebrate the same!

We are looking foR Crafters, Artists and Home Growers etc who want to sell their wares:
-Crafts and Arts that are based around recycled materials and/or all natural materials.
-Items with natural, farming, growth, etc themes. (we're being pretty loose here)
-Individual people/sellers with potted plants and herbs
-Potters who make pots for home gardens etc
-Artistic bird house/bird feeder designers/builders
-Yarn spinners, knitters etc.
-People who have a craft to sell who can do demos at their table of their craft.
-Beekeepers with bee products
-These are just suggestions. We've got plenty of room, so it should be easy to convince us you should be involved.
-you get the idea

Everyone is welcome. While we'd like your work to fit the Urban Country Fair theme, and we want to support Somerville artists / residents, we still have plenty of room for folks and want a diverse selection of vendors/artists/exhibitors. We're encouraging vendors to show people what they make and how it's done when possible. Our goal is 25 plus vendors to create a successful, fun, entertaining, educational and great tasting market!
Ready to apply? Deadline is August 20, 2008.

In the body of an email, copy and paste the items listed below and fill in your information:
send a separate email to crafters @ (but close the gaps) include only the following:

1. subject line "Urban Country Fair Sept. 20, 2008"
2. your name and business name
3. email address
4. phone number
5. website
6. if no website, include small image of work
7. describe your set up: tent? tables?
8. up to 3 lines describing what you do/make/sell
9. anything else you want to tell


-deadline is August 31. spread the word. forward this to friends.
-preference given to somerville residents (though, there are plenty of spots)
-space fee is $35 via PayPal on acceptance of application.
-you must provide your own table and chairs
-the space is flexible. we will work together to make it work for everyone. you should plan on taking up less than a 8'x8' space. unless you have a tent.

if accepted, be prepared to:

-send high quality jpg of products
-help get the word out via all means possible
-pay via PayPal within three days of notification.
-have fun, make money, have fun, create community, enliven civic spaces,
celebrate awesome somerville!

[please note: periodically Truth Serum produces sales/vendor events/crafts in the clubs/etc and would love to include you in our calls for participants. if you're not available for this sale but would like to know about others coming up, please email crafters @ truthserum .org with "crafts in clubs" in the subject line and include some info like in list above and i'll keep you posted]

We look forward to hearing from you! Please email us at info (at) with any questions! And please feel free to forward this call for participants to anyone you think would be interested in participating.

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