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Sailfest 2023!
July 7, 8, & 9
New London, Connecticut
Includes a New England Woodcarvers
Carving Exhibition! 

Sailfest is Southeastern Connecticut's premiere summertime event, complete with a major fireworks display, amusement rides, free entertainment, ships, and over 200 vendors lining the streets. There will be plenty to see, buy, and eat, so make sure to come hungry and ready to try new food!

New England Woodcarvers Carving Exhibition

WHEN:  Friday, July 7th through Sunday, July 9th, 2022

WHERE: Thames River Gallery on 239 Banks Street, New London, CT 06320

New England Woodcarvers, Inc and the Thames River Gallery on 239 Banks Street, New London, CT 06320, 1-800-443-0344 will partner to present an exhibit of carvings on July 7, 8, and 9. All carving levels welcome! Sailfest is visited by over 300,000 people. Banks Street and others will be closed to vehicle traffic so thousands of pedestrians can walk around and view all the venues.

For more information on exhibition and other details, click the button below to go to our Sailfest page. 
After 24 years of extremely hard work and dedication to the Annual Mystic Carving Retreat, the coordinators of the event are retiring. Rather than let this classic event end for good, Connecticut Woodcarvers, and New England Woodcarvers are joining forces with Mystic Woodcarvers to keep the event going.  

25th annual
Woodcarvers Retreat
in New England
Sponsored by The Mystic Carvers Club, Connecticut Woodcarvers, and New England Woodcarvers

WHEN:  Friday, September 15th through Monday, September 18th, 2023

WHERE: Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT.


Tuition for overnighters this year will be $450 per person / $500 per person en suite. All rooms have 2 beds.  


Tuition for commuters this year will be $300.

$40 materials cost paid tot he instructor.


Instructors so far:


1.  Mike Bloomquist

2.  Harold Kaltenbach

3.  Ed Brackett

4.  Could be YOU!

5.  TBD

6.  TBD

We are looking for more instructors, and assistants to help check people in, run a raffle, possible auction, and more. If you're interested, contact Lynda Zibbideo at

Check back for updates! 


Maine Wood Carvers Association
Promoting and Encouraging the Art of Woodcarving
 Woodcarving Show and Competition
Inviting Wood Carvers of all abilities and in all categories to join us!

WHEN:  Saturday, October 7th, 2023, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

WHERE:  Augusta/Gardiner Lions Club, 25 Lions Street, Gardiner, Maine

DETAILS:  Open to the public, admission $3

Competitor Registration 

October 6th, between   5:00 PM to  7:00 PM

October 7th, between  7:30 AM to  9:00 AM

See Competitor Registration Form for entry cost.

Visit the Maine Wood Carvers Association Website for more information.

Other Highlights:

MDI Wood Carving Supplier, 50/50 Raffle, Woods & Things Store

Raffle, Wood Vendor, Carving Demonstrations and more!

The 2023 competition will be held at Peabody Senior Center, 79 Central Street, Peabody, MA on October 15th.

NEWC Spirit of Wood Show 2023!

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