WAVERLY TWP. — The Waverly Community House’s 23rd Annual Artisan’s Marketplace will showcase one-of-a-kind items crafted by area artisans and a variety of products from local small businesses — everything from Christmas decorations, to jewelry, to kitchen items.
Set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, the event serves as a fundraiser for the Comm. Tickets are $5 and are good for admission on both days of the show.
Distinctively Raisa is one of the shows longest running vendors, participating for about 20 years. Run by Raisa and Joe Statuto, of Clarks Summit, the table offers handmade floral decorations, such as wreaths, accent pieces and center pieces. Many of the designs, according to Joe Statuto, are reminiscent of the French countryside, some with a traditional look and others more modern.
“This is our big show for the year,” he said. “We have a double booth; we have a lot of products.”
He added the first few hours of the event are the busiest, most likely due to the unique nature of the products.
“People know if they get there early, they’ll get their pick of the nicest ones,” he said.
Meegan Possemato, of Vintage Meegan and the On & On History Recycled store in Scranton said the Artisan Marketplace has always been her best show of the year as well.
“It’s a really good fit for us,” said the South Abington Township resident.
She offers a variety of items, the majority of which are purses she hand makes from re-purposed materials and candles made from old soda bottles. She will also bring some products from other vendors at her store, such as jewelry crafted from Japanese yuzen paper and items made out of old car parts.
“The atmosphere is great,” she said of the show. “It really kicks off the holiday season for everybody.”
The event, which is sponsored by the Waverly General Store, People’s Security Bank, Sprint Print and The Williams Foundation, will also include a luncheon, featuring hearty fall soup, wrap-style sandwiches and spring mix salad from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in the scout room. Homemade desserts will be available for purchase in the Comm Bake Shop.
The show is juried in order to ensure a high quality of craftsmanship and presentation.
According to a Comm news release, “The committee searches for applicants who display unique talent, originality and great skill and expertise in their medium. The committee also attempts to choose a variety of vendors to balance the overall show. All work is original and includes a variety of forms and mediums in photography, painting, ceramic, jewelry design, basketry, glass, sculpture, textiles, wood and more.”
This year’s artisans include jewelers Artifacts, Totally Out of Hand and White Design; wood, stone and glass artists Creations in Wood, Dique Stone Products, For the Love of Wood and Hand Blown Glass by Kyle Lavery; textile artists Creations by the Tuesday Gathering, Duvall Leatherwork, Milkweed & Poppyseed, Mimi’s Hooks, Noriko Iizuka Design and Saint’s Nicks; and home and kitchen vendors Thirteen Olives, Bachestinks, Distinctively Raisa, Fly Me Home, Gail’s Cupboard, Jenna Walker Oil Paintings, One of a Kind Baskets, Simply Gracious Designs and Vintage Meegan and bath item vendors Little Red Hen Soap Co. and Pure Suds Co.
For more information on the Marketplace, visit waverlycomm.org or call the Comm at 570-586-8191, extension 2.
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