Today's side deal lets you see just how much a master crafter can accomplish. For $4, you get one ticket to the three-day Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford (normally $7 online, $9 at the door). The extravaganza lasts from Friday, March 25, to Sunday, March 27. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. on Sunday). Children under 12 are admitted for free.
In addition to artisanal pottery, sculpture, jewelry, and glass work from more than 200 top craftsmen and women, the festival features interactive demonstrations in disciplines such as copper spinning and mobile sculpting, live music, and a role-playing costumed storytelling adventure for kids.
Though Sugarloaf Crafts Festival sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events in 2011, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, décor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to the tunes of live music.