O’tis a Festival

15th Annual O’tis a Festival

Join us as we will celebrate O’tis a Festival on Saturday, November 18, 2023 9am – 3pm

Enjoy handmade creations of 50+ local artisans, all-day entertainment, children’s activities & Santa! We can’t wait to see you!

Free admission. Celebrity Parking Attendants will direct you to free parking.

Schedule of Events

9am – 3pm

  • Shop! Shop! Shop! 50+ artisans

  • Food and beverage available just outside our Library doors!

  • Educational display of rocks, minerals, and fossils and Native American artifacts presented by the Thames Valley Rockhounds

  • Make a free take-home craft

  • Try your luck at the scavenger hunt throughout the Library and win a prize

9 am Welcome Ribbon Cutting & Tree Lighting Ceremony

9:15am Norwich Technical High School Concert Chorus performs in the Atrium

9am – 11am Visit with the Grinch

9am – 2:30pm Take a chance on winning a wreath or unique gift in our raffle

10:45am Gather in the Children’s Department with Miss B for a story before Santa’s big arrival.

11am – 1pm Santa arrives at 11am! Have your wish list ready!

11am The Mystic Garland Dancers perform in the Atrium

12:00pm Pat Kirker sings in the Atrium

1:00pm International Dance Academy performs

2:15pm Raffle closes

2:30pm Raffle winners are announced (you do not need to be present to win)

*Tentative schedule, please check back for updates


  • 9 Lives Soapery
  • Abstracts by Eli
  • Aella Beads
  • Because of Dogs
  • Beth’s Beads and Global Citizen Program
  • Blooming Designs & Kelly’s Craft Corner
  • Brush and Wire Studio, LLC
  • Chef Kim Dishes Spices & More
  • Chocolate Rose Bakeshop
  • Colorfield Fiber Arts
  • Crayons by Alex & Studio Gabi B
  • C&Z Jewelry
  • Debra’s Crafts
  • DK Kreations
  • Doo Dah Factory
  • Doug Spaeth Photography
  • Embroidered Aprons & Ornaments Marie Hewitt 
  • EM Fine Art
  • Family of Crafters
  • Friends of Otis Library
  • Gail Grabel Designs
  • Glass and Flowers
  • Global Inspirations
  • Greenhaus 
  • Home 2 Joy
  • The Houndstooth Hippo
  • Jewelry by Debby
  • JGA Creations
  • Karen’s Crafty Corner
  • The Knitting Lady
  • McQueen Woodcrafts
  • NC Toys and More
  • The Painted Craft
  • Palmieri Prints
  • Quilted Crafts by Sandra Symington
  • RLC Creations
  • Rows City Knitters
  • Shadow Bunny Creations
  • She Sells Sea Glass Art
  • Simply Country
  • Small Potatoes
  • The Arc Eastern Connecticut
  • Thyme for Tea CT
  • Tin Roof Felting
  • Victreeon’s Shop
  • Walking Tree Creations
  • Wicked Wieners Hot Dog Cart
  • Woodburning by Bonnie Pellett
  • Wysteria Handcrafts


Otis Library is grateful for the support we receive from our community!

Thank you to:

Event Sponsors

Celebrity Parking Attendants

Event Volunteers


Planning Committee:
Bobbie Braboy, Jessa Franco, Tracey Gomes Johnson, Ayanti Grant, Andrea Kaiser, Bethany Jensen, Simone Oliva, Melissa Riley, Carrie Triba

Entertainers; and, of course, YOU, the visitors who make this such a fun event!

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Andrea Kaiser at akaiser@


Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor
Entertainment Sponsor
Marketplace Sponsor
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