Around the Show

Fall Northampton • Around the Show

Around the show there is so much to do, see, touch and savor —

whether you come for a day or the whole weekend. Paradise City is an art museum, a learning experience, a food festival, a feast for the eyes and retail therapy, all rolled up into one. Explore the three airy new Exhibition Buildings connected by covered walkways to each other and to the popular Festival Dining Tent.

Under the Festival Dining Tent

The Festival Dining Tent at the Paradise City Arts Festival is a microcosm of Northampton’s vibrant restaurant scene, with music wafting through the air and recipes that span the globe. Expect lots of tasty surprises from the region’s restaurants at this fall’s show, using locally grown foods straight from the Valley’s farms. Sample exotic curries, smoked turkey legs, pad Thai, crisp-crusted pizza, kielbasa sauerkraut sandwich, lobster rolls, hot and sour soup, fish tacos, pulled pork sliders, poutine with duck gravy, dim sum, locavore burgers and fries, spicy chili, a trio of Asian tacos, mango lassi, pumpkin moon pies, fried bread pudding, apple tarts and fresh homemade ice cream.
Restaurants include: Sierra Grille • Mama Iguana’s • Local Burger • Amber Waves • Great Wall • Spoleto • Pizzeria Paradiso • India House • Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream • 3 County Fair Bar • Café & Bar in Exhibition Building 3

Silent Art Auction to Benefit WGBY

Bid high and bid often at Paradise City’s Benefit Silent Art Auction in Exhibition Building 3. WGBY 57, the public television and PBS member station for Western New England, is this fall’s beneficiary of Paradise City’s popular Silent Art Auction. PBS provides multi-media ABC’s for kids, exciting entertainment for grown-ups such as Masterpiece Mystery and Downton Abbey, and fascinating scientific, political and cultural broadcasting for all. Paradise City’s exhibiting artists have generously donated hundreds of beautiful items to be auctioned each day of the Festival. 100% of the proceeds from the auction will benefit WGBY Public Television programming.


Special Exhibit: “Pattern Play!”

You’ll see mesmerizing patterns and rhythmic decorations everywhere you look at Paradise City, but the theme really comes to life in the special exhibit “Pattern Play!” mounted in Exhibition Building 2. Across all disciplines, in art and architecture, textiles and fashion, ceramics, glassblowing, woodworking and all manner of metalsmithing, the imaginative use of this effective design element has become indispensable to the creative process.

How Do They Do It?

From workshops and demonstrations to fascinating talks, Paradise City keeps your hands, eyes and brain busy. Get a glimpse of the technique and thought process behind each piece of art or craft, whether it’s during a formal demonstration or just talking to individual artists. It’s one of the many pleasures of this event.

Pottery Demonstrations
Master Potter Tim Scull of Canton, CT is renowned for his enormous pots and platters, distinguished by the marks of wood vapor, raku, saggar and pit firing. Stop by Scull’s booth at Paradise City for stories of the studio, fascinating insights on clay, glazing and firing and a bravura demonstration of his ceramic skills on the potter’s wheel. Ongoing in Booth 600

Play with Clay
Roll up your sleeves and learn clay sculpture with Alan and Rosemary Bennett. The Bennetts create hand-sculpted fish, aquatic life and imaginary creatures from stoneware and porcelain, fired using the raku, crystalline and magnesium carbonite glaze methods. A spellbinding teacher, Alan Bennett especially loves working with children. But all ages can exercise their creativity with clay! Ongoing in Booth 601

Plus… The changing installations and large-scale sculpture along the Sculpture Promenade between the Festival Dining Tent and the Exhibition Buildings are catnip for kids, Instagram heaven and full of fantastic decorating ideas for your own gardens. Think of how a stone fountain or towering metal and glass sculpture would enhance your winter landscape!

Craft Cocktails

What turns an ordinary drink into a Craft Cocktail? Some of the same elements that make the work of our exhibiting artists so special! For one thing, it’s made with more care. It’s not boiler-plate, and the bartender is a little more passionate about getting it just right.

In addition to the usual bar menu of wine, beer and drinks, the Show Directors concocted two signature Craft Cocktails for Paradise City. Stop by the bar in the Festival Dining Tent for a Manhattan Meets Northampton. The addition of a Bada Bing Cherry and a dash of local maple syrup takes a traditional Manhattan to a whole new place. Or try the Paradise City Cosmopolitan, published in the Paradise City Guide years ago – we still get requests for the recipe. See if you can guess the secret ingredient.

Kick back with one of these cocktails, relax with a yummy lunch and show your friends the artful contents of your shopping bags.

Enter to Win a Shopping Spree!

There’s always a winner, and it could be you. Visitors may stop by the Information Tent at any time during the show to place their entry for a drawing in one of the big baskets. The winner will receive a gift certificate for a $250 shopping spree that may be redeemed at an exhibitor’s booth at any Paradise City Arts Festival over the next year.