Spring Marlborough • All Around the Show

The sunlit Sculpture Café is a meeting place, a gallery exhibition area, and a cozy spot to grab a drink or a sweet bite and rest your feet after your first pass through the show. Friends coming to the fair together often reconnect at one of the tables in the Sculpture Café for espresso or a glass of wine, a European pastry treat and to share the contents of their shopping bags. It’s a great place to people-watch and share photos of work by favorite Paradise City artists on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Try a Paradise City signature Cosmo or order a glass of wine. For food that’s savory and substantial, look to the Paradise Café in the rear of the hall for overstuffed sandwiches, creative salads, hot soups and delicious daily specials like chicken pot pie.

While you are relaxing by the big windows, check out the special themed exhibit, “Fully Engaged! The Modern Art of Tying the Knot.”

How Do They Do It?

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 and a bravura demonstration of his ceramic skills on the potter’s wheel. Booth 355

Richard Borden and Patricia Disantis of Shibumi Silks offer a fantastic hands-on experience in silk marbling techniques. Their enthusiasm for their craft is contagious, and anyone can learn how to do it. Make your own patterned scarf using a rainbow of vibrant dyes! Ongoing in Booth 351

As you walk the show, you’ll often come across an artist working on a painting, sketching out a concept for a commission, carving wood or sizing clothing for a client. This is one of the little pleasures of Paradise City. Not only is the event an opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about their work, but there is always a glimpse of the technique and thought process behind each piece of art.

New Season, Fresh New Art!

Vermont artist Scott J. Morgan is new to Paradise City this spring, and states, “My world is about line, color, form, balance, movement and music.” His lyrical oil paintings are crafted in the tradition of short stories, passages of improvisational music and poetry. And the guitars! When these instruments have reached the end of their ‘playable’ lifetimes, they gain a new life in Morgan’s hands. Their broken necks and bodies receive major reconstruction, a loving touch and a whole lot of paint. No longer musical instruments, they become fine art on a unique canvas. Morgan is just one of more than three dozen new artists participating in the March 22-24 show.

Support Music in the Public Schools

Coat Check to benefit the Marlborough Public School Music Association.
Since 1998, the enthusiastic volunteers from the Marlborough Public Schools Music Association have been operating a coat and package check at the entrance to Paradise City to benefit music in the public schools. It’s so much more comfortable to walk the show without wearing or carrying a heavy coat or umbrella. Donations are voluntary, and much appreciated.
The Marlborough Public Schools Music Association (MPSMA) is a non-profit organization formed specifically to support all music students in the Marlborough school system, with an emphasis on the higher grades. Their financial assistance awards scholarships, sends students to competitions and supports student music programs for vocal and dance groups as well as instrumental. Paradise City has raised more than $400,000 over the years to benefit community causes and non-profits. Paradise City is proud to support the Marlborough Public Schools Music Association.

“Serenade” mixed media brooch by Lisa and Scott Cylinder

Casual Dining • Sweet Treats

Looking at thousands of works of art can make you hungry!
Stop by the Paradise Café in the rear of the exhibit hall for a light lunch, or relax by the sunny windows in the Sculpture Café for European pastries, coffee or a glass of wine. paradise-cafeAround the Show - Sweet Treats!Spend some time browsing through this season’s themed exhibit mounted in the café. Separated from your friends? Arrange a meeting time at one of the tables in the Sculpture Café for espresso or a glass of wine, a yummy cannoli and, best of all, sharing the contents of your shopping bags. Listen to jazz ballads and swing while you take a break from your shopping.

New Menu in the Paradise Cafe!
(Please note that menu items may change.)
Food & Music

Mediterranean Tray Hummous, Carrots, Cucumber and Pita Chips

Sandwich Station Turkey, Roast Beef or Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Celery, each served with an assortment of condiments, lettuce, tomato on your choice of wrap or bread, with Cape Cod chips

Daily Specials Something different every day! It could be…
Individual Vegetable Quiche – Fresh Lobster Roll – Chicken Pot Pies

Food is no afterthought, either.”    – Boston Globe

Customize Your Salad! Iceberg, Romaine, Field Greens, Tomato, Cucumber, Sprouts, Chickpeas, Feta, Red Onion, Dried Cranberries, Chopped Egg and Mandarin Oranges: Add on Bacon, Avocado, Grilled Chicken
or Jumbo Shrimp with Lemon

Go Halves! Soup and Salad or Sandwich and Salad

Homemade Soup Clam Chowder in bread bowl; cup of chowder, seasonal soup or tomato bisque

Wine and beer available in both the Paradise Café and the Sculpture Café

In the Sculpture Café:

Sweet treats, coffee and tea. Plus Paradise City Cosmos, wine and beer!
Homemade desserts… mini-pastries, cookies, fudge brownies and biscotti; gourmet regular, decaffeinated and flavored coffees, cappuccino and espresso, assorted teas, red and white wine by the glass and Cosmos made to order.