34th Nutcracker Sweets Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

October 16th and 17th, 2015


Free Parking

Free Re-Admission  (same day or next day)

Delicious Home cooked Meals & Delectable Desserts

Admission $5             12 & under Free 

Children must be accompanied by an adult

No Wheelchairs, Strollers or Pets


On Friday October 16th and Saturday October 17th, 2015, Nutcracker Sweets will celebrate its 34th year!  Festival hours will be Friday 10 AM – 8 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM.

This festival is a fellowship and fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Guild of the Church in Aurora with 25% of the proceeds going to select local charities and the balance going to ministries within the Church that have financial needs that exceed their annual budget.

Since it’s inception, Nutcracker Sweets proceeds have provided $3,000-$5,000 annually to such worthy organizations as Safer Futures, Habitat for Humanity, Miller Community House, HESS, Freedom House, Safe Path-Portage County, and Coleman Foundation’s Center of Excellence for Children.  Contributions to Church ministries have exceeded $400,000 and have included funds for a video projector, organ repairs, lightweight folding tables, drapes for fellowship hall, ministerial education, the youth workcamp trips and the list goes on.

The Annual Festival is also a major fellowship event for members and non-members of The Church in Aurora.  Each year the success of the Festival depends on the many volunteers that offer their talents and time to help prepare the Church before and after the Festival.  Volunteers also help prepare and serve food in the kitchen, run the Raffle booth, man the entry gate, serve as Hostesses to assist the Crafters, Jury (select) the Crafters for the Festival, plan and execute the Festival’s advertising, and many other important tasks.  The Festival benefits from time given by member and non-member youth who volunteer their time to earn credits towards the expense of the Church’s work camp trips.  In total, as many as 180 volunteers, members and non-members, youth and adults, and family groups, join together in the spirit of fellowship and service to The Church in Aurora. 



34th Annual Nutcracker Sweets - it’s time to mark your calendar and begin thinking about what you can do to make this year’s Festival a success.  As noted above, this year’s dates will be Friday October 16th, 10 AM – 8 PM, and Saturday Oct 17th, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Our Nutcracker Sweets Festival is a great opportunity for Church fellowship and service.  In mid-September Nutcracker personnel will be in the Great Hall after each Sunday service with sign-up sheets for all the various service opportunities, some of which include:

Tear down - Clearing out rooms for crafters - Wednesday, Oct. 14th & Thursday Oct 15th

Restore -  Restoring the Church for Sunday Services - Saturday Oct 17th.

Baking pies and cakes for the Kitchen

Serving in the Kitchen

Hostessing – assisting the Crafters with meals and booth sitting

Entry Gate & Raffle Booth

Plan to do some Christmas shopping at the Festival!  For more information call Muriel or Peter French at 330-562-3352 – cell 440-223-6961

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Nutcracker Sweets Details

Fee:   Booth spaces cost $250.00.  The $50.00 application deposit is applied toward this fee or returned to you after jurying if you are not selected for this year's show.  The $200 balance is due July 15th.  There are no additional fees.  Reimbursement of booth fee upon withdrawing from the show is at the discretion of the Nutcracker committee.

Booths:   The show is held in a beautiful, historic Western Reserve church, so booth spaces are irregular in shape and size  (approx. 8' X 10').  It helps if your booth layout can be flexible.  We provide 2 chairs and an 8 ft. table as needed (we also have a small number of 6’ tables, available on a first come basis).

Advertising:    The show is well publicized throughout the greater Cleveland/Akron area.  Postcards are also sent to past attendees prior to the show.

Food:   Free coffee, tea and donuts are provided for the exhibitors throughout the show.  Fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, our special cake and dinners are prepared daily in our church kitchen.  Delicious homemade pies are also available.  Friday evening's dinner features Chicken Almondine.  All of the food and beverages are very reasonably priced.

Security:   We pay an overnight watchman, to stay in the building both Thursday and Friday nights until we arrive the next morning, so you can safely leave your booths stocked once they are set up.  No one except the watchman and the Nutcracker chairmen are allowed in the building after closing time.

Hosts/Hostesses:   Hosts/Hostesses are available to assist you during show hours.  They will bring you food and beverages or booth-sit for short periods if you like.   Please do not leave your booth unattended at any time.  If you need help of any kind, please ask a host/hostess, and you will be assisted.

Jurying:   Our jury will make its selections based on quality of workmanship, creativity, uniqueness and attractiveness of exhibit.  We would love to see your work in person, but you must still submit pictures.  Jurying will begin in February and you will hear from us as soon as the show is filled.

Set-up:   The doors will be open Thursday from 12 noon - 9 PM and Friday beginning at 7:00 AM for exhibitors to begin setting up.  Although the doors will open at noon on Thursday, help for unloading will not be available until 3 PM.  Since the show opens at 10:00 AM on Friday, we ask that booth set-up be completed by 9:30 AM.  Our building has five levels and you must be prepared to unload and set up your display on any of these levels.  Once this is done you can leave everything in place until the show is over.  The doors will be open for you at 8:00 AM on Saturday.

Break Down:   Break-down will begin as soon as the show ends at 4:00 PM on Saturday.  You must keep your booth open until then, so bring a good supply of your work.  THIS IS A BUYING SHOW!  There are usually Workcampers, young people and other church volunteers available to help you un-load and load.  Our workcampers volunteer on both Thursday and Saturday in order to earn credits towards their summer workcamp mission projects.

Rules and Regulations

  • All work must be original.  NO dealers, imports, wholesalers or commercially made products.  No buy-sell items will be permitted.
  • Only items juried will be permitted to be sold.
  • Booths must be attractively displayed.  Boxes and other items not used in the display must be kept out of sight at all times.
  • Exhibitors must provide skirts for tables.  Coverings must be neat, clean, unstained and without holes or frays and must cover at least 3 sides of the table.  No bedsheets.
  • Backdrops or display props must not exceed 8 ft. in height and must be kept within the boundaries of one's own exhibit.
  • Booths must be attended at all times.  The church's Women's Guild will provide host/hostesses to be booth-sitters if needed.
  • Soliciting of trade must be limited to your allotted space.
  • Good care must be taken of The Church in Aurora facilities.  Displays must NOT be nailed, taped or pinned to walls or draperies.
  • There will be no smoking in the facility by order of the Aurora Fire Chief.  This is a very old structure and every precaution must be taken to protect it.
  • Limited electrical outlets are available.  Exhibitors must provide their own UL-approved heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Exhibits must remain complete and open until the close of business the final day.
  • Parking: In order to have room for customers to park, no Crafter vehicles (cars/trailers etc) may be parked in the Church/City Hall parking lot. Crafters may park across the side street (Pioneer) in the Kiwanis Moore parking lot, or, across the main street (Rt. #43/Chillicothe) in the Library parking lot.  Any questions, ask Peter or Muriel.

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