Fine Furnishings Show
If handmade furniture is something you don’t mind going out of your way for, the Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show is this weekend, just a bit off the usual Providence tourist track at the Waterfire Arts Center in Pawtucket.
Exhibitors include over 100 master craftsmen and craftswomen plus students (from RISD and elsewhere), with handcrafted furniture being the centerpiece. You’ll also find rug weavers, potters, artists and more, most of them from the New England area, but with a smattering from the Mid-Atlantic and even the Midwest. All work is extremely high quality and for sale, or you can commission something; styles, materials and prices differ. The venue feels just right – it’s an old industrial building with lots of character. Admission is $10; parking is free. Hours are Friday 5-9 pm; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4.
Friday, by the way, has been nicknamed “Date Night.” You can eat at the show itself (Ruseell Morin Catering has a concession stand) or grab a late dinner in Pawtucket or Providence (Federal Hill, anyone?) Host hotel for the event is the newly renovated Hampton Inn Pawtucket, (2 George Street) which has a special $119 rate for exhibitors and attendees. Just call direct (401 723 6700) and say you are coming for the Fine Furnishings Show.
If you haven’t quite gotten your fill of home decor, the next day (or the next, as it’s a two-day event -- Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10) you might want to buzz by the Providence Fall Home Show, which is also in the area at the Rhode Island Convention Center (1 Sabin Street, Providence). It’s a more typical home show, with home decorators, cabinet makers, and all kinds of contractors. Cost is $10 adults, $8 seniors, kids 12 and under free.