This weekend over the 9, 10 and 11 November, an attractive craft fair will be held in the Glorieta square in the middle of Novelda. The Town Hall has asked craft association Amata to organize the fair, because they wanted to be sure of original craft work in all the stalls.
Interesting range of craftwork
There will be a wide and varied choice of real craftwork: earthenware and ceramics in a different styles, wooden utensils and decorative pieces, leather bags and belts, jewellery in silver, wood, glass, dried seeds or enamel, handwoven shawls and clothes, wooden toys and games, dolls and puppets, lamps, macramé, paintings, and that’s just a selection. You can even have things made to order – even on the spot as most artisans bring their tools along.
There will also be some interesting stalls with traditional crafts: Antonio will be making baskets and rush seating (what a chance to bring that old chair along and get it repaired!), Francisco uses a blowlamp to make the beautiful beads for his jewellery, and Nieves will bring two potter’s wheels to give children and adults a chance to turn their own bowl or cup.
Children of every age (and perhaps their parents if they are in a silly mood) can amuse themselves in the Ludoteca – an area with lots of table games. They can also make their own masterpieces in several craft workshops – participation is free but there are only a limited number of places available. On Saturday morning a DJ will liven up the fair, while that same afternoon at 6pm a Big Band will perform a fantastic concert, followed by the traditional Valencian music of dulçaina i tabalet (sort of oboe and drum). And on Sunday, the local Asociación de Belenistas will set up a stand to show the beautiful Nativity scenes that are so typical for Spain at Christmas time.
Grapes-in-a-bag and beautiful buildings
Novelda is famous for its uvas embolsadas (literally: grapes in a bag) – perhaps you have seen the vineyards full of white bags. This is to protect the white grapes from the weather and guarantee perfect grapes at table. The Town Hall will use the craft fair on Saturday to promote their grapes and their wines in several stalls.
The town has a number of handsome buildings dating from the beginning of the last century. The Casa Museo Modernista is a precious jewel from the Art Nouveau/Jugendstil, then there is the Town Hall, the Centro Cultural Gómez-Tortosa, and on a little hill, some 3 kms from the town towards the motorway, you can visit the La Mola castle and the famous sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena.
Date: Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November 2018
Time: Friday from 18.00h; Saturday and Sunday: 11.00h to 14.00h and 17.00h to 21.00h
Place: Plaza de la Glorieta
Address: Plaza de la Glorieta, 03660, Novelda, Alicante