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Sailfest 2022!

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


Sailfest Hours:
Friday, July 8th through 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday, July 9th hours 10:00am-11:00pm
Sunday, July 10th 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 2022 will be held July 8-10, 2022. 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 8, 9, and 10. 

Any carver from any level is welcome to exhibit any carving they choose! Just register on the website (link at bottom), and email a photo of your carving to


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.

10 carvings will be awarded Best in Show by a Celebrity Judge Panel and 10 carvings will be awarded People’s Choice Awards. Everyone will be recognized for their work. These awards will look great hanging in your workshop. All the proceeds from registrations will go the New England Woodcarvers, Inc. We need as many carvers as possible to enter!

Registration deadline is June 30th. Fees for registration are $20 for first entry, $15 Second entry, and $10 for each additional entry. Fee for late entry after June 30th is $30 per entry. In-person registration forms will be available at The Thames River Gallery the week before the exhibit if you cannot do the online registration.

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 8th 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 10th 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. Saturday will feature renowned carver, Christopher LaMontagne. Bring your own chair and tools and carve with other carvers while greeting visitors to the exhibit. This will be a fun event and could be an annual event 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.

Neil Gallagher

Vice President

New England Woodcarvers Inc.

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