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September 18, 2014
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Local artisans hold holiday market

Mount Pleasant Herbary will offer handmade soaps for sale. These are wrapped in felt with a pretty floral design. Soaps are scented with herbs grown in Gudrun Feigl's own garden.

By Andrea Bruns

HONESDALE, PA — As live music and the aroma of freshly baked holiday cookies and assorted confections and pastries fill the air, 30 local artists, artisans and food entrepreneurs will welcome holiday shoppers to the second annual Artisans’ Market at The Cooperage on Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Displays of cards, jewelry, paintings, pottery, soaps, vases, lamps, picture frames, flowers and other gift items offer shoppers with the opportunity to purchase presents for their loved ones while supporting local artisans. This event is free and offers a warm holiday welcome to friends of all ages at 1030 Main St.

Live demonstrations will offer respite from shopping and live music will cloak the festivities in a holiday atmosphere as families sit down to enjoy a hot lunch or snack sold by Benjamin Cooper of The Anthill Kitchen. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa, as organized by the Honesdale Interact Club. Throughout the day, illustrator Ky Betts will do live caricature drawings, and Beatriz Querol-Zaldivar of Bea Creations will demonstrate acrylic painting. While these activities unfold, the unique works of local potters, seamstresses, carpenters and bakers will remain the centerpieces of the artisans’ market. Items range in price and purpose, ready to suit each customer’s holiday needs with fine local creations.

Artist Ellen Silberlicht will be selling “creatures from the sock drawer,” an array of brightly colored sock puppets for children, as well as functional pottery. Her dishwasher-safe mugs, bowls, jars, and teapots range from earthy to vibrant tones, prepared to adorn any kitchen with hand-crafted beauty.

Among the sewn products will be Vintage Bling’s bags, hats, aprons and jewelry by Ramona Jan. Jan repurposes quality fabrics to provide new garments including scarves made from vintage silks and handbags and hats crafted from high-end upholstery. Patterns of fabric collide to yield one-of-a-kind products.

Richard Miller of Dique Stone Products will display practical décor crafted from various types of stone and slate. His vases, picture frames, and lamps put a professional edge on natural products, creating works that can make a statement in a home or at the office. Barbara Consentino and Bill Walsh of Oakworks Studio show their love of natural wood and stone with their wooden cutting boards, platters and jewelry.