Posted by: maydayunderground | November 6, 2015

Mayday! Underground is Tomorrow!

Woohoo! The holiday edition of Mayday! Underground is tomorrow. Be sure to stop by early if you want one of the free swag bags we’re handing out- 25 each morning! Plus we’ll have free prize giveaways every hour, on the hour, limited edition tote bags for sale, tastings by Honeoye Falls Distillery, and the Rochester Broadway Theatre League will be on site, and you can purchase tickets for any of their shows without having to go to the box office!

The show is located at the Village Gate. Click HERE for maps and photos of the venue.

Also, we’ve felt a lot of love for our local sponsors: RBTL, Little Button, Salena’s, Nox, Hana Pilates & Bodyworks, Peppermint, and the Hungerford.

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 5, 2015

Gifts Under $30

As the last gift guide in the series, we present to you a massive sampling (kind of an oxymoron, but when you’ve got over 60 vendors, it is a sample!) of gifts you can find at Mayday! Underground for under $30.

MEGA Gifts under 30 collage

Represented here: French Press, Sunshine on Water, Just Terrific, Moya Lazy Factory, Laurel O’Brien, Lady Fingers Handmade, Making the Nest of it, The Nerdy Octopus, McGibbon Made, On Hand Lotions, Old Soul Clay,  Isaac Bidwell, Peaches Products, Sunshyne Silverwear, Sweet Amigurumis, Dirty Ass Soaps.

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 4, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Rochester Broadway Theatre League

We want to offer sincere gratitude to RBTL, which signed on as one of our platinum sponsors, for their support of Mayday! Underground.

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) owns and operates Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre, presenting the best in touring Broadway and hosting a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year.  Founded in 1957 as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, RBTL has grown into Rochester’s premier venue management and service organization for the performing arts and entertainment.

Auditorium Theatre 003

The Auditorium Theatre is home to a full season of touring Broadway shows, the M & T Bank Broadway Season. The Auditorium Theatre also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year and is used by local performing groups for recitals and other presentations.

The 2015 – 2016 M & T Bank Broadway Season includes:

Newsies: October 6-11, 2015
Motown: November 10-15, 2015
White Christmas: December 15-20, 2015
Beautiful: March 8-13, 2016
Matilda: April 12-17, 2016
Dirty Dancing: May 10-15

View from stage center (1)

RBTL is committed to education both in and out of the classroom. Thousands of students from the Rochester City School District and schools from as far as Seneca and Wyoming counties, find their niche in RBTL’s arts education programs each year. From the “Stars of Tomorrow” High School musical recognition ceremony each spring, to the Dance, Acting, Vocal and Technical “Master Class” programs taught by Touring Broadway actors, to the Broadway summer day camp “Summer Stars” with instructors from NYC, RBTL continues to find outlets for students’ creativity, talent and interest to shine and be explored both in the classroom and on the stage.

RBTL’s mission is to provide opportunities for all people to experience, understand and enjoy the best in arts and performance through its education programs and events.  To fulfill its mission, RBTL strives to offer diverse performances and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience. See website for list of all upcoming events.

Orchestra Right Aisle

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 3, 2015

Deck the Halls

You can’t have a holiday show without some semblance of festive handmade crafts!

holiday collage

Top half, spiraling clockwise: Sage Studios, Cat Clay, Francesca DeCaire, The Art and Found, Dave Pollot, French Press, Peaches Products, Retro Sorrento. Bottom Half: On Hand Lotions, Making the Nest of it, Patent Art Gallery, Mmim, Kingsley Street Artisan Soaps.

Posted by: maydayunderground | November 2, 2015

Sponsor Spotlight: Little Button Craft & Press

Little Button Craft & Press was started in July 2015 by owners Madelyn Kerber, and Jennifer Posey of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.  Madelyn is a knitter and a letterpress printer and Little Button is the home of “Pearl”, an 1895 printing press.


If you stop in the shop (which we hope you do), you will find local artists handmade goods on consignment and a bunch of things from other artists from around the country.  Little Button also carries Blue Sky Alpaca yarn, Madelyn’s favorite to knit with.

Jennifer grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and Madelyn was a traveling nurse in Los Angeles, CA for a number of years.  The shop has a tendency to make one feel as though they have been transported somewhere else.  It has the feeling of a cool little shop you’d find in San Francisco, or Boston, or Portland.  It has been the goal to bring some of those things found when traveling here to Rochester.

Come visit at 658 South Avenue, hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.  Craft workshops to start late fall/winter with a variety of local artists guest teaching.  #craftliveshere



Posted by: maydayunderground | November 1, 2015

Luxurious Gifts

For the king and queen in all of us, here is a selection of luxurious items you can pamper yourself with (of give away to someone really special) from Mayday! Underground.

luxury collage

Clockwise from top: DNA Jewelry Designs, French Press, Sage Studios, Weathered Heather, Old Soul Clay, Metal Some Art

Posted by: maydayunderground | October 30, 2015

Gifts for Dudes

Many of these items aren’t *just* for men, but since craft shows usually ignore the dudes, here is just a tiny sampling of the awesome gifts you can find for the dude in your life at Mayday! Underground.

manly stuff collage

Left to right, top to bottom: Old Soul Clay, Metal Some Art, On Hand Lotions, Sage Studios, Dirty Ass Soaps, Mmim, Sunshyne Silverwear, Jackbear Stamps, Moya Lazy Factory, The Nerdy Octopus, Isaac Biddwell, Terremum, Cabbages and Kings, Prismatic Gardens, McGibbom Made, Peaches Products

Posted by: maydayunderground | October 28, 2015

Eco Friendly Gifts

Stay tuned for a series of themed git guides, filled with awesome handmade items you can pick up at Mayday! Underground.

Handmade crafts are generally seen as a greener alternative to mass produced plastic stuff, but these artists take it a step further by using homegrown materials, old and vintage ephemera and objects, hand dug clay, and natural elements.

eco friendly collage

Clockwise from top left: Circuit Breaker Labs, The Knotty Owl, Zufoos, Sunshyne Silverwear, Old Soul, Making the Nest of it, On Hand Lotions, Terremum. Center: Prismatic Gardens. Click the image to make it bigger.

Posted by: maydayunderground | July 8, 2015

Summer in Rochester

Summery finds from Rochester artists:

summer in rochester treasury

p.s. Apply for the November Mayday before September 1!

Posted by: maydayunderground | July 2, 2015

Apply to Mayday! Underground

It’s that time! The application is due February 15, so get it in now while you’re still thinking about it. Navigate to the Apply tab at the top which contains a timetable and information about the show.

New this year: We’re taking photo uploads (instead of image URLs) and we’re requesting links to items you make that fit into any of three categories. We’ll be making and promoting spiffy gift guides as we draw closer to the show date.

Keep it crafty!


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