As part of Alchemy Initiative’s fourth annual holiday craft fair, Handmade Holiday Festival, they will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of two ART BAGS. Just $10 per ticket, art bags are filled with handmade gifts valued in the thousands.

Handmade Holiday Festival artists are generously donating handmade wares to fill the art bags. Diane Firtell, a co-founder of the organization, is donating a custom house portrait valued at $1,200.

Alchemy Initiative is holding a friendly competition. The person to buy or sell the most raffle tickets will win a $50 gift card to Mission Bar + Tapas. Tickets will be sold until December 2.

Tickets can be purchased online at

In person venues to purchase tickets include:

  • Masonic Temple (116 South Street, Pittsfield) on December 1 and 2, 10 am – 5 pm at the Handmade Holiday Festival
  • Dottie’s Coffee Lounge (444 North Street, Pittsfield) now until December 2
  • Gallery 25 (25 Union Street, Pittsfield – home of Mary’s Carrot Cake) on November 2, 5- 8 pm at the Handmade Holiday Festival Preview and Sale, and throughout the month of November during gallery hours
  • Berkshire Museum gift shop (39 South Street, Pittsfield) each Saturday in November from 12 – 5 pm  at the Pop-up Trunk Shows featuring HHF artists

This year’s Handmade Holiday Festival, to be held at the Masonic Temple @ 116 South Street, Pittsfield on December 1 and 2 from 10am-5pm, will feature over 30 juried artists and designers from greater New England. From traditional to cutting edge, shoppers are sure to find an original gift for everyone on their list. Shoppers can expect an exceptional array of handmade wares ranging from jewelry, ceramics, and stationery, to silk-screened t-shirts, wreaths and more.

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