See us on May 22nd at Suncoast Grand Ballroom for our Veteran's Salute! To view this in your browser please click here.

Welcome back friends, family, vendors and visitors to The Quill; the official Newsletter of the Artisan Craft Festival. Thank you all for the amazing success of the Spring Jamboree Show. We had record vendor participation and attendance. Easter Seals Nevada would also like to thank the dozens of people that donated and volunteered. In addition to cash donations and time volunteered they also signed up dozens of participants in their annual Walk-n-Roll. With the support of the Artisan Craft Festival community the Walk-n-Roll event was a record success. Great job everybody, great work!

May is the month we celebrate and honor our veterans. Artisan Craft Festival staff and vendors are proud to continue this American tradition by dedicating our May show to veterans.

Come out and support The VFW Nevada Sunday May 22 at the Suncoast Grand Ballroom. Have fun, give to this amazing charity and receive a free gift as a thank you from the VFW Nevada, our vendors and Artisan Craft Festival. Visit www.ArtisanCraftFestival.com for information.


VFW shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational

The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.

Since then, the VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI Bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome.

In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. Annually, the nearly 1.7 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week.

From providing millions in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there. VFW Nevada is one of the strongest posts in the country with a robust 6 districts, 38 posts, and 24 auxiliaries, with a total membership of over 10,000. Help them celebrate 80 years of service to our Veterans and our communities. Come to Artisan Craft Festival and support the VFW. Enjoy a piece of cake baked by Little Sweet Somethings or choose an amazing grab bag generously donated by beloved artists and crafters.

For more information regarding VFW Las Vegas:

www.vfwnv.org
Bruce Hollinger, Adjudant/Quartermaster
702-308-1696
deptheadquarters@nv.vfwwebmail.com


Our Community - Because We Care

As a leader in the community, we at Artisan Craft Festival feel that it is very important to stay connected to our fans and other organizations throughout the valley and beyond. Recently we exhibited in a world class event, The Spring Jamboree Boulder City. As always the event in Boulder City was a smashing success due to the tireless work of the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce and their amazing volunteers. We would encourage all of our subscribers to always go out and see the over the top free events held throughout the year in one of Nevada's gems, Boulder City. Their events are always free and never disappoint.
We would like to thank US Bank for honoring us with their distinctive Business of the Month. Each month US Bank chooses 1 business to be showcased in their branches and in May they have chosen us. We are always humbled by accolades and are reminded of the importance of our community work. Thank you again US Bank for this honor.

Artisan Craft Festival is proud to sponsor a Las Vegas Local Favorite, Paws on The Patio. Founded by Gia Rose Massa, a local animal lover and advocate who gives us all a unique experience each month. We get to eat, drink and socialize with our pets and friends at a different restaurant patio each and every month of the year.
Featuring top restaurants such as Brio, Annie's Gourmet Italian Restaurant and Lindo Michoacan. In addition to being a unique social experience Paws on the Patio is committed to the welfare and loving treatment of all our 4 legged friends through their support of local organizations; Pets for Vets, Las Vegas Boxer Club and Recue and Rockin for Rescue in addition to several others. Look for more information on the web at www.PawsOnThePatiolv.com

Take a moment and visit Paws on The Patio at www.PawsOnThePatiolv.com


BonJohn's 3D Pictures and More

John Rhude is one of our vendors who is also a veteran. John had dedicated a part of his life defending the Nation that he loves, The USA. John served in the US army from 1964-1966 during the war torn Viet Nam Era. The army sent John to Fort Dix NJ for basic training followed by advanced medical training at Fort Sam Houston in the great state of Texas. His deployment was in France serving the SP5 Medical Corp.

Though it was not the deployment of his dreams he did get to serve those in transit between the USA and Viet Nam. Serving in a support capacity John reminds us of all the necessary components that serve in keeping our armed services running smoothly and efficiently. Being honorably discharged in 1966 John safely returned to his family. We thank John for his service as we thank all those that serve our great Nation.

Come see John and Bonnie at Artisan Craft Festival on May 22.
Visit BonJohn's 3D Shop online at www.Bit.ly/bonjohns2

In 2014, John and Bonnie retired. Getting bored after just a few long months and needing to occupy their time they became vendors. Deciding what to vend was the trick. Being fans of photography and loving the visual technology available they decided on 3D pictures. They love going to arts and crafts shows to meet great people, make new friends sell some pictures and yes even make a little money. If asked what they really loved the most about their experience; the answer is simple "The people". They have a massive collection with something for every taste and every budget.


Welcome to our Newest Vendor!

Winston O'Rourke joins the Artisan Craft Festival. After retiring from a long successful and satisfying career as a performer. Winston searched for a new creative outlet and discovere the wonderful world of glass. She now creates beautiful works in glass and metals. Handcrafting functional works such as bowls, dishes, platters, plates, wind chimes, jewelry boxes and candle holders as well as wearable art combining glass with metals. Stop by her booth on May 22nd, say hi and check out her art. Feel free to touch, glass feels really nice.

...And our Newest Venue - Sam's Town!

Artisan Craft Festival is very proud to welcome a new partner to our team, Sam's Town. Our first show is coming soon with the full support of our sponsor, Sam's Town. Sam's Town being part of one of the world's largest gamming conglomerates, Boyd Gaming, brings to our event a new dimension and strength. They have jumped in with both feet to ensure a great experience for our attendee's vendors, fans and friends. They have graciously committed

all their casino signage, both of their marques, emails blasts to all their gamers and have created a "Boyd Bucks" program. All of you out there that are B-Connected Members will have the opportunity to trade your points in for Boyd Bucks to shop at our amazing Artisan Craft Festival June 26, 2016. You will receive 1 Boyd Buck for every 100 points you have earned. Look for their emails or visit their website for further details. www.Samstownlv.com


Tim's Totes and Handbags is a Las Vegas local familyowned business. Tim, Lynn and the whole Henkle/Dilloo family are involved to make their enterprise a success. Being dedicated to quality time with their family and most importantly with each other they decided to put their energy into Tim’s Totes in the hopes of finding relief from their busy schedules. It isn't rare to see Lynn's parents on their scooters showing off their beautiful handbags or one of the three kids selling a backpack.

Tim and Lynn take pride in having the latest fashions in handbags, wristlets, and sunglasses.

Online they have a strong presence with a stout 3000 items to choose from. They have something for everybody and every budget. “Where Sassy meets Classy” is their company motto.

Always at Artisan Craft Festival See us on May 22

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www.TimsTotesandHandbags.com

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