The 23rd annual Crafts at the Cathedral took place within the nave of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Friday December 6 through Sunday December 8, 2019. Attendance was up, the exhibitors were excellent and the Cathedral proved to be a magical venue for the show. As the sun played through the stained glass windows onto the massive granite columns, shoppers and tourists alike enjoyed the expanded show.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 show was held virtually.
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Why Crafts in the Cathedral?
In medieval Europe, the Cathedral served as the center of not just religious life in a town, but often the civic and commercial life, too. Guilds met, degrees were bestowed, craftsmen sought employment, and commerce was conducted in the naves of many great Cathedrals. Wine merchants in 12th century Chartres and numerous other cities cleverly escaped local taxes by selling their wares from within the walls of the city’s Cathedral. Some Cathedrals even had different sections of their naves set aside for different types of merchants — textiles in one corner, food in another, etc. The Cathedral Church at St. John the Divine is honoring that tradition…..
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Friday, December 3: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $10; Students and Seniors $8