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Sailfest 2023!

No registration required!!!

New England Woodcarvers Inc To Hold Exhibit at
The Sailfest in New London, Connecticut


Sailfest Hours:
Friday, July 7
th through 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, July 8th hours 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday, July 9th hours 8:00am-5:00pm


We are ready to hold the Carving Exhibit, all we need are your carvings to display at the Thames River Gallery at 239 Banks Street, New London, Connecticut.

Sailfest 2023 will be held July 7-9, 2023. It 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!

The Sailfest information is on the website and contains parking, shuttle, and event times.


New England Woodcarvers, Inc and the Thames River Gallery on 239 Banks Street, New London, CT 06320, will partner to present an exhibit of wood carvings on July 7, 8, and 9. 

Any carver from any level is welcome to exhibit any carving they choose! No registration necessary!


There are no categories; this is an exhibit not a contest. Everyone who registers will receive an a frameable award certificate from NEWC, Sailfest, and The Thames River Gallery for their participation. 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. If you wish to sell any of your exhibited items, the Thames River Gallery will work with you to appraise and help you establish prices if you wish.

Carvings will be judged by a Celebrity Judge Panel and Best in Show Awards are $150 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd.  We need as many carvers as possible to enter to continue sharing the art of woodcarving!

You may call the Thames River Gallery at 860-443-0344 and speak to Susan, Liv, or John with any questions about getting your work displayed. You can email Liv at if you wish.

Please consider dropping off your carving(s) early on Friday, July 7th or drop them off any day before the exhibit to avoid traffic and allow The Thames River Gallery staff time to set up the displays. You can pick up your carvings on Sunday, July 9th after 4:00 pm or come down any day after the exhibit to visit and pickup your caving(s) and awards.

There will be free carving space outside The Thames River Gallery if you wish to visit and carve with us at Sailfest. Bring your own chair and tools and carve with other carvers while greeting visitors to the exhibit. A tent and tables will be provided. This is a fun event and the second year we'll be represented at Sailfest to exhibit our work and attract new members.

There are plenty of hotels in the area, but reservations should be made early to secure a room. Foxwoods is close by, and they have donated $125,000 for the fireworks display on Saturday.


We need your support and participation to maintain and grow NEWC in the digital age.

Thank you.

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