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Spring has come and gone here in San Antonio, a riot of wildflowers as I drove the country roads and highways to Chappel Hill, TX., Austin, Houston, New Braunfels, TX., Kerrville, Dallas, Caldwell TX. and Comfort TX and Castroville TX. During our nuclear summers here in San Antonio, I have often wished that the weather was more like the south of Ireland: balmy, breezy and cool at night, but a couple of years ago we realized a long-held dream and bought a house in Co. Mayo, Ireland, on Achill Island. A 100-year old cottage, modernized and extended, with 6 acres of gardens and some old farming land and a bog where we can cut peat for the fireplace; it's an Irish ex-pat's dream getaway. I've been going there in the summer for years, to stay and to tell stories with an old seanachai (storyteller); now I also have a sewing machine set up in the front room, with a view to the inland sea and the beach. So, the sewing never ends.
The list of Jane's Irish products gradually grows - check out our What's New page or Jane's Irish on facebook for the latest news on those. It is still a joy to sew, to make dolls, teddy bears, table runners and Xmas tree skirts; secretly, I know it is a passport to hunting for new colors, new materials, and meeting so many friendly people down the road.

Come see me at one of the shows listed below - make me happy!
And don't forget - "old" customers and their friends and relatives (...and their sisters, and their their brothers, and their aunts.... ) get % off.
Visit Jane's Links to IRISH CULTURE

Saturday on the 2nd weekend in February

Doll Show in New Braunfels, TX

New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S. Castell Avenue in downtown New Braunfels. 9 am - 4 pm

The biggest dolls show in Texas. I take my Lizzy dripping dolls, PJ dolls, Topsy-Turvy dolls and multicolored Teddy Bears and revel in being surrounded not only by a few talented doll-makers but also by a large assortment of heritage and antique dolls. With 60 -70 vendors exhibiting, there are antique dolls as well as modern collectibles, every imaginable doll accessory, dolls clothes, repair kits, vintage fabrics, books and doll catalogs......just about everything that makes a doll collector's heart beat.

Saturday, 4th weekend in February

Renaissance Faire at St. Francis Church in San Antonio, TX. 78240

4242 Bluemel Road
San Antonio, TX. 10 am - 5 pm

If you are a fan of the Middle Ages and the High Renaissance time this is the place for you. Music, costumes, dances, a choice selection of Renaissance vendors - including me , I can be a renaissance woman any time! - dressing up, games of the time, storytelling..... come and be charmed. Entrance fee is minimal, parking on the church grounds.

Sunday, the last Sunday in February

Irish Heritage Day at the Leon Valley Civic Center, Leon Valley, TX

Evers Road, Leon Valley
north side of San Antonio, TX. noon - 4.30 pm

Irish dancing, storytelling, Irish crafts, an Irish High Tea, the San Antonio Pipes and Drums, Irish wolfhounds, a harpist, a raffle with great prizes, lots of Irish culture info booths, and an Irish folk music jam session to wind it all up - and entrance is free! What more could you want? Get out your Irish t- shirt/kilt/tie and come for an afternoon of celebrating as we Irish do it. Yeah - we love a party. More info:

Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, first weekend in March

The North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, TX.

At the Fair Park in Dallas.
Sun. 11 am - 8 pm

This is the mother of all Texas Irish Festivals; two and a half days of pure merriment, music, dancing, storytelling, with vendors selling everything Irish and Celtic, an Irish/Scots bakery, food booths, whiskey-tasting, Celtic camp, horse paddock, - and dogs are allowed in! Find me next to the Caledonian Pipes and Drums in the Automobile Building, or on the Story Glen stage, or in the Women's Building, giving workshops on all things Celtic and humorous. A busy weekend, but I love it. At last count there were 14 bands playing over the weekend; took me three days to recover from this orgy of Celtic culture. There is an entrance fee, contact me; I may have extra
free tickets.

Sat. and Sun., first weekend in April

Highland Games, Helotes, TX.

Helotes Civic Park, off IH 16/Bandera Road in central Helotes, north of San Antonio.
10 am - 6 pm both days

A wild and wooly and extremely well organized mix of music, folk and modern Celtic rock, pipe bands, sheep trials on Saturday, eclectic Celtic crafts, Clan booths, a Viking camp and battle demonstrations, Irish and Highland dancing, Celtic foods (and some Texas foods), a piping competition and qualification rounds for national Highland dancing championships, and - on Saturday only - big-muscled men in kilts competing in traditional Highland sports such as tossing the caber (a telephone pole, really!) and tossing other large and menacing looking objects, like large rocks... There is also storytelling on two stages - of course I had to tell you that, as I will be telling at this event. Parking close by, entrance fee is reasonable and low. More info:

Sat. and Sun., first weekend in April

The Starving Artist Art Show, San Antonio, TX.

In La Villita and along the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.
10 am - 5 pm each day

This show is organized by the historic Little Church of La Villita, on grounds where San Antonio first started. A "classy" array of art and good crafts, both professional and amateur; this is a fascinating show. Part of the proceeds of this 50+ year old show go towards feeding the itinerant poor, a program which the Little Church has carried out for decades. Great show. Food is typical, good San Antonio fare. There is no admission fee.

Sat. and Sun., 2nd weekend in April

Bluebonnet Fest in Chappell Hill, TX, near Brenham, TX.

All through the historic village of Chappell Hill, Main Street, side streets; it's one big bluebonnet and crafts Fest!
9 am - 5 pm each day.

I've lost count of how many vendors there are at this family event - they are everywhere in Chappell Hill. Find me at the bottom of Main Street, usually booth #82. With every imaginable craft and product, most of them handmade, a children's petting zoo, small children's train for riding on, this is one of the best shows in all Texas for variety and all-day fun. No entrance fee, just come, park close by and saunter through the streets on Chappell Hill. Close proximity to Houston - it's about 75 miles north of Houston.

Saturday, 4th Sat. in April

King William Fair, San Antonio, TX.

In the venerable King William area of downtown San Antonio
9 am - 6 pm

King William - as it's called - "happens" always on the last weekend of San Antonio's big weeklong Fiesta celebrations. It's an eclectic fair, lots of original art, lots of high quality crafts; there's a kooky parade through the streets at ten, five or six stages with every imaginable kind of music, a great children's play area, a great selection of food - I love this one! You can find me either on Madison or King William Street. Lots of shade in the King William area streets so a pleasant day all around. Entrance fee. More info:

Fri., Sat. and Sun., 1st or 2nd weekend in June

Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, TX.

At the Institute of Texan Cultures in Hemisphere Park
at 801 E. Caesar Chavez Blvd. in downtown San Antonio
Friday: 6 pm - midnight
Saturday: 9 am - midnight
Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm

40+ years, San Antonio has celebrated the diverse cultures of Texas. From everywhere in the State they come to show; the Czechs, the Irish, the English, the Norwegians, the Wends, the Lebanese, the French, the Cajun, the Germans, the Belgians, the Phillipinos, the Chinese, the Russians, the Hungarians...nowhere will you see so many cultures, music, dance and cuisine, shown so well as during this Folklife Festival. It's a veritable feast of cultures and you'd better wear good walking shows because you will want to take in all the stages, all the music, all the food. Entrance fee. Great bus service and special rate for Park and Ride to the front gate. Otherwise, parking wherever you find it, in downtown San Antonio. More info and tickets in advance;

Last weekend in August, first Sunday/or the 1st weekend in September

WestFest in West, TX

On the West Fest grounds in downtown West
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Fri. 6 pm -10 pm Sat. 11 am - 11 pm Sun. 11 am - 9 pm

The small town of West, just 13 miles north of Waco, on IH 35, sure knows how to put on a festival. This three-day event is a celebration of everything Czech, including a battle of the polka bands, Czech dancing and food, locally made kolaches, and a grand variety of crafts. Find me in the big red and white striped tent. Decent entrance fee. More info:

2nd Saturday in September

Kolache Fest in Caldwell, TX.

All over downtown Caldwell, TX. Sat. 9 am - 5 pm

Another Czech festival, not quite as big as the West festival, but a wild day, nonetheless. Great variety of crafts from local and state-wide artisans, Entrance free. Come early for the kolaches - they sell out fast. More info:

Last weekend in September

Old Pecan Street Festival, Austin, TX.

In downtown Austin, on Pecan Street/6th Street and a number of side streets.
Sat. and Sun. from 10 am - 6 pm

Austin has always known how to both put on a festival and how to attract crowds, both onlookers and crafters. Crafters and artists come to Pecan Street, as it is called, from all over the US for this one. I love the quality, variety and the excitement which somehow permeates Pecan Street. Find me on Red River Drive, or on 6th Street - my booth location changes from year to year. Call me on my cell phone to find out where exactly I am at this one -
(210) 381 4931

1st weekend in October

National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.

Yep, that's where you can find me - off, up and away in Tennessee! Telling stories and listening to the best storytellers in the US.
I'll be back afterwards, all storied out...

2nd weekend in October

Scarecrow Fest in Chappell Hill, TX

All over the "downtown" (Main Street and Poplar Street) of tiny, historic Chappell Hill Sat. and Sun. 9 am - 6 pm

It's amazing what the Historical Society of Chappell Hill can put together for both their Bluebonnet Fest in April and this, the Scarecrow Fest in October. Scarecrows adorn the streets and old houses of the village, there are great quality crafts from all over Texas, the Fire Brigade gets out the BBQ grills and sets up a bar on the street, the Sheriff's Department gets involved, there's a petting zoo for the kids and a small train carries them around the festival. Chappell Hill is only 78 miles north of Houston so we get a lot of people from there - get to Chappell Hill early for the best variety. I'll have a lot of new materials and colors for this, my first "serious" Christmas show; find me at the end of Main Street, usually booth #82. And you know, if you print out this page, or if you are an "old" customer, you get % off on all my goods. Yes! Come, make me happy!! For more info:

3rd weekend in October

Market in the Meadow, Dallas, TX.

The Forest Junior High School hosts this annual craft show at the school at 9373 Whitehurst, Dallas, TX. 75243
Sat. 9 am - 5 pm Sun. 11 am - 5 pm

Over 30 years old; this show. They've got to be doing something right! The show is on the school campus, in the courtyard, the school Charger Cafe, the gym and in the library. I'm hoping to be always in the gym - we'll see. More info:

4th weekend in October

Huffhines Art Trails, Richardson, TX.

In Huffhines Park, off Apollo Road. Take the Arapaho exit off IH 75 N, turn right on Arapaho, right on Plano and follow the Festival signs
to left to Apollo Road. Sat. and Sun. 10 am - 6 pm

Essentially an art show, the Huffhines Art Trails does have a small percentage of high-end crafts, so competition to get admitted as a craft vendor is fierce. I'm glad to say that I've participated in Huffhines for the past 10+ years, and it's been worth it every time - from the friendships made there amongst customers and colleagues alike, to being in a city which so alive and so art-conscious. There are around 140 vendors, creatives of all sorts, a cafe with live music on both days, a corn maze and playground for the children, as well as a good selection of foods. This one is worth going to, definitely!
More info:

1st Friday and Saturday in November

Christmas Wonderland, Houston, TX.

At Champion Forest Baptist Church, 15555 Stuebner-Airline Road, Houston, TX. 77069
Fri. 9.30 am - 5 pm Sat. 9.30 am - 5 pm

This show has been around for 10+ years, a great, well-organized show of high-end quality, affordable and mostly handmade crafts. Craft booths are in the big gym at the church, and in a large, covered area outside in the parking lot. Parking close by. No entrance fee. Door prizes given away every half-hour. The Women of the Church mount a cafe during Friday and Saturday's show hours, with delicious lunch fare. Well worth a trip. The Church is on the north side of Houston, about 4 miles south of Tombal. More info:

3rd weekend in November

Christmas Showcase of Arts and Crafts, San Antonio, TX.

In the Joe Freeman Coliseum, at 301 E. Houston Street, San Antonio, TX. 78219
Sat. 9 am - 5 pm Sun. 10 am - 5 pm

This is the grandmother of all S. TX. shows - a huge mix of crafts aller coleur; every imaginable craft and handmade art that you could imagine. Lot of originality at this one. The show is held in the Coliseum itself, as well as in two adjacent building. Find me, as usual, on the ground floor of the Coliseum. Concession food available. There is an entrance fee. Come early for the best selection of goods.
More info:

Saturday before Thanksgiving

Tellabration!, San Antonio, TX.

At Franklin Park, 2nd floor theater, 18232 Sonterra Place, San Antonio, TX. 78258
7 pm - 9 pm

Every year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, storytellers on five continents around the world tell stories in a two-hour concert; we call it Tellabration! This annual storytelling is hosted in San Antonio by the San Antonio Storyteller's guild, a motley crew of diverse tellers, so prepare for an evening of magic - from Texas tales, to Irish, Chinese, Appalachian, Native American, European and African tales; we cover it all, with verve and delight! Tickets cost $7.50 at the door. or the San Antonio Storytellers facebook page has more information as the year nears the date in November.

Last Saturday in November

Christmas in Comfort, TX.

Downtown Comfort, on Main Street and 7th
Main Street: 9 am - 4.30 pm; 7th Street: 9 am - 9 pm

What is there not to like about Comfort, TX. which does its name so proud??!! It's a comfortable kind of place, and their long-standing Christmas in Comfort show reflects the laid back atmosphere. To like is the great variety of good crafts, and the stage set up at the corner of Main and 7th, where there is music all day long. Also to like are the sparkle in the eyes of the children in the late afternoon, as they sit and wait for the lighted parade and Santa on his sleigh. It will be Christmas soon, and there's magic in the air. Find me at the corner of Main and 7th, near the stage, booth #1 on Main. Come see me, make me happy! The parade starts at 7 pm, at 4.30 pm sharp we on Main Street pack up - it's always a rush but it's always worth it.

1st weekend in December

Oma's Christmas Fair, Boerne, TX.

Held in the Kendall County Fair Grounds, indoor in three buildings
Sat.: 10 am - 5 pm; Sun.: 10 am - 4 pm

The Fair Grounds are on the outskirts of Boerne, parking for this 30+ year old show is close, and there is a minimal entrance fee. An eclectic mix of true Texas crafts (and one Irish woman!), home-cooked and traditional Oma's potato soup and cakes, and a cowboy church service early on Sunday morning. Santa will stay for photos. If you have time after the show, go into Boerne and stroll down its Main Street and along its river, have a beer in the brew house on the river... More info:

1st Saturday in December

Old Fashioned Christmas Faire in Castroville, TX.

Around the Square by the St. Louis Church in the center of Castroville
Sat.: 10 am - 4 pm (also Fri.; 6 pm - 9 pm)

Always a difficult decision between Boerne and Castroville the first weekend in December! What I like about going to Castroville: it's the only large craft fair for all the small towns around that area so it's well visited, and there are 150+ vendors and an amazing array of handmade crafts. Santa comes on a fire truck at 1 pm on Saturday; for the children and photos. Entrance free, parking close by.
What I also like: it's close to home for me, and there's parisa! Parisa? Food of the gods - it's a spread made of minced beef cured in lemon juice and mixed with thinly sliced onions and Cheddar cheese. Castroville was founded by Alsatian immigrants from France, and the culture there certainly reflects it. There's a short show also on Friday night and a lighted parade at 7 pm. A couple of very good restaurants there, too, if you'd like to stay after the show. More info:

3rd Saturday in December

Kerrville Market, Kerrville, TX.

On the parking lot all around the Court House in downtown Kerrville.
Sat.: 10 am - 4 pm

This is the last gasp before we go home to put up the Christmas tree and lay out that gorgeous tree skirt beneath. The Kerrville Market team has always been very choosy about which vendors they allow into this event; items must be handmade by the vendor him-/herself only which does cut down on a lot of pre-made and then finished goods, or imported goods, so it's quality and variety you are getting at the Kerrville Market. Sometimes there's music on the Court House steps in the afternoon. What also makes this one of the most enjoyable shows is that the Market team is one of the nicest organizing teams at any of the Texas shows, so the atmosphere is cooperative, friendly... a joy to participate and shop. Come to the Kerrville Market for those last minute gifts for people who are difficult to buy for. We have them.
No entrance fee, parking very close by. More info:

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, there may be one or the other additional craft show or fair during the year where you'll see me; check our facebook page - Jane's Irish - for the latest news on that. Also check it for any new products; my idea board is constantly renewing itself, and some of those ideas for products are suggestions and wishes expressed by you.

And, (really last!) you know that I tell stories on a regular basis around the State and often out of State. I will put the dates for any storytelling sessions up on my facebook page - Jane McDaniel - in case you are interested. The San Antonio Storytellers guild Association meets every first Wednesday of every month, from 6.30 pm - 8 pm sharp, for an open Story Swap. We meet at the Brook Hollow Library on Heimer Road. There is a very short business meeting, and then stories - from mystical tales to legends old and new. Sometimes we do a 10-minute workshop on how to tell. Entrance is free and you are very welcome.

That's it for now! I'll see you, down the road.