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Pawtucket, R.I., Hosts Major Furniture & Craft Fair Nov. 2-4

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Sunday Sep 16, 2012

Fall is just around the corner, and so is the 17th Annual Providence Fine Furnishings Show. Nov. 2 through 4, to be exact.

This year marks an exciting change for this premier expo/showroom for the exploding American crafts industry: The show will debut in a new, gorgeous and totally event-appropriate venue, the Pawtucket Armory Art Center. The new venue creates the perfect architectural backdrop and intimate setting for over 65 furniture makers and artists from across North America.

The longest-running of the three major East Coast shows, the new venue is only one of the innovations coming to Providence this year.

Karla Little, the show's founder, says she has been looking for a new venue for the show for several years. The Armory, she adds, "has gorgeous architecture and a new owner who has made wonderful improvements. Pawtucket is growing as an arts center and destination for art and craft, so we are excited to be a part of this movement."

The Fine Furnishings Shows offer attendees the opportunity to buy, order, or commission handcrafted furniture, accessories, fine art, and craft in a variety of styles from a wide range of exhibitors.

Another new addition to the Providence show is the presence of a food truck sponsored by the Rhode Island School of Design. RISD students have been exhibitors at the Fine Furnishings Show for many years; "Rosie's: Eats to Go" is another way RISD and the show can support each other, plus give attendees fresh ethnic and comfort food prepared to order, specialty beverages and snacks. Considering the extensive array of merchandise, you'll need some nourishment!

Everyone interested in American-made, handcrafted furniture and accessories needs to mark their calendars. Meanwhile, go to to learn more about attending and exhibiting, plus show specials. Be a fan and join the show's Facebook community to get daily updates of show news, including exhibitor highlights such as products right out of the shop, and search ahead of time for "the" piece you've always wanted but couldn't find -- until now.

The Pawtucket Armory Arts Center is located at 172 Exchange St. Go to for more information. Admission is only $10 for one day, $15 for any two days, children under 12 are not charnged.

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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