When we first started to gather artisans and artists to participate in our first event we thought- well, we'll through the idea up there and see if it sticks! And it did stick. We received an abundance of wonderful comments for the most part centered around the need to get more people into Washington County because it has so much to offer.
We also learned that there is a lot more organizing that needs to be done and it will take more than the three or four months we had to get artisan's and artist's signed up to give it a try.
There is no time for sitting back and feeling relieved that it has happened and that most people seemed to have enjoyed their visits to the sites. There's a lot of work to be done. A lot of suggestions to be mulled over and some to put into place. Are we up to the challenge? You bet! We are all committed to helping not only our own creative venture succeed but to help ALL the Washington County's Artisans and Artists find a way to promote their special craft. These people are extremely talented and they hugely deserve that talent to be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible.
On Thursday, August 16tth we are holding an organizational meeting to review how this first event went. It will be held at Whiting Studio, 105 Holmes Road in North Argyle NY at 7:00pm. Any artisan or artist who would like to meet with us and provide their suggestions or feedback is welcome to attend or you can send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does one gauge success of an event? Is it the number of people who walk through your venue during an event? Is it the number of Sales you might be lucky enough to make? Or maybe it's the number of visitors who you hear say "WOW!" as they look over your wares.
It is all of these and more! It's the person who stands beside you and tells you they are SO Happy that they came through your door. It's the lady who extends her hand as she's getting ready to leave and states that she hopes we have the event next year because they have had a wonderful time meeting so many talented artisans and artists. It's the people from out of the area who tell you that they never realized how beautiful this county is and that, even though they did get a little lost traveling the back roads, they loved every minute of it.
That's how you gauge success and in saying that, I think we had a very successful first year of the Artisan Trails in Washington County. Of course- if you care to differ with me you are more than welcome to provide your feedback because, well, we are all just a little prejudice......
All of the participants in this first Artisan Trails in Washington County are getting prepared to welcome visitors to our sites.
The map is perfected with the expert help from Judith Ellers, A surprise pre-event newspaper interview has been finalized by Kris Gregson Moss and about to take place and the participating artisans and artists have been going forward with their promotion of their involvement in this inaugural event
We want to make sure that people download the maps to assure they find each site. Most people will rely on GPS to locate the artisan sites, however, the cell phone coverage in Washington County can be spotty. Downloading an image or printing a paper copy of the map is the safest way to insure visitors find their destinations.
Enjoy meeting these wonderful creators of Crafts, Products and Art, they are the heartbeat of Washington County.
Today is the final day that Artisans/Artists in Washington County will be able to participate in the FIRST Annual Artisan Trails in Washington County.
We hope that anyone who was interested in participating was able to find the information that they requested or received an answer to their question from either myself or Kris Gregson Moss.
If any registrations are received by the mail by Wednesday June 6th we will honor them but after five o'clock today, June 1st, any emailed received will be rejected. Please think fast. The event doesn't cost the Artisan/Artist any more than they are willing to spend on Advertising, Signage and the printing of information for the public. FREE! It doesn't get any better than that.
We are MORE than happy with the participants that we have now and we look forward to a very successful first year.
There is now ONE WEEK left to register to participate in the July County-wide event. We have heard from many people that they are VERY interested in traveling the Washington County roads to find the Artisans/Artists who are participating.
The map will be created and placed online by June 15th. Please, don't miss out on this first year of the event. It's a great way to introduce new people to your products/crafts and in some cases to the lodging opportunities in the county.
See the Service page of this website to download and complete the registration form. We hope to hear from you!
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Artisan Trails in Washington County is growing. As the Press Releases begin to show up in the print publications and in the online calendars concerning the start-up of this event we are hoping that additional artisans will be joining in. The first registrations promise to show the public a wide range of talent, and we're grateful for that, however, there's always room for more.
This is where the participation of those artisans who have already sent in their registration form needs to kick in. If most of you are like myself and Kris Gregson Moss, we employ the services of Facebook, Instagram and our own websites to spread the word about what we're up to. and that’s a good place to start. Already we have been hitting those sources to promote our participation in the event to our followers. Of course, we understand that July is a long way off and those non-artisans who follow us will need to be reminded through an event post, a calendar reminder and such. I bet the following statement is the same for Kris, many of our followers are also artists/artisans and some to live in Washington County. True? don’t forget to invite your fellow Washington County artisans to join in.
It’s free to join and the success of each individual artisans site will be directly affected by the amount of publicity that artisan does to promote their own participation.
We’re off to a good start! Let's build on the momentum and keep growing!
This is traditionally the time of year when artisans are inundated with so many Spring chores and upcoming family obligations. Mothers Day, Graduations, Fathers Day, Weddings, the garden needs tending....the list goes on and on. It's so easy to let opportunities to let your creative self shine through to be buried in the avalanche.
Today- before you forget, go to your calendar and mark June 1, 2018 as the last day to register to participate in the Artisan Trails in Washington County. We would hate to have you miss this event because your calendar only had "wash the dog" listed for June 1st.
We all know what it's like to have deadlines. They either drive us absolutely NUTS or they Drive us to work harder and produce more. Well, whatever deadlines do to your work standard, they do exist. Without them every part of our lives would be chaos.
Getting to appointments on time is a deadline, being to work on time- Deadline. Creating a website in enough time to be able to garner interest in a planned event is another deadline. Hopefully it's been created without a HUGE amount of errors that need to be corrected and with as concise information as humanly possible to dispense. Sure, there will always be a few readers who need to have information explained, after all we all process information differently. Not a problem, I can rework explanations until the point is understood.
There is of course a Deadline for registration to participate in "Artisan Trials in Washington County" and that date is June 1, 2018. There are maps to be created, the website page to be created with names, wares, date/times and their website information. YIKES! Yet another DEADLINE.