By Mary Wheeler
35th Annual Coventry PTO Craft Show
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 9am-3pm
Price: Adults $2
Coventry High School
78 Ripley Hill Road
With approximately 70 vendors, this show (which brought in 2,000 attendees last year), offers a wide array of handcrafted items such as pottery, handmade pocketbooks, jewelry, wreaths, homemade jams, various hand painted items, honey and beehive products, various wood products, flower planters, maple syrup products, chocolates, gourmet apples, photography, hand-woven items and pewter items. So in other words, anything you ever possibly want or need is here.
This is the crème de la crème of craft fairs, not just for merchandise, but for the food as well. The fair provides kettle corn popped on site, coffee, hot chocolate, and a Bake Sale. Lunch is provided by the Coventry High School Economics Department while The Coventry High School Band will be performing various holiday tunes.
This show is great to take the kids too (trust us, they won’t be bored). Not only are they free to get in, but past years have included arts and crafts activities, face painting, a used book sale with the proceeds going to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, and writing and sending letters to Santa. An added bonus: all proceeds from the show go directly to benefit the Coventry schools; so go ahead, shop ‘til you drop.
According to Laurie LaBrec, organizer, this craft fair is unique in many ways due to its large community involvement, tradition, and attracting crafters from all over New England.
Darien Community Association Holiday Boutique
Thursday, December 10th, 9am-4pm
274 Middlesex Road
Darien, CT 06820
Over 40 vendors, (13 new to the show) will be selling great Irish knits, book, and home decor decorative pieces; among other items. Some of this year’s vendors will include: A Little Pocket Change, Adrienne Lee, Family Stitches, Gilann Books, Handcrafted by Brigitte, In2Design, The Misshapened Bowl, Nahui Ollin, Ostilly Collections, Paper Essentials, Pop Handbags, Richard Tsao, Suzanne Saltzman, and Sweet Samantha. The boutique kicks off its festivities Wednesday, December 9th, with a Ladies Night of wine and appetizers (6pm-9pm; $15). DCA plays an active role in providing scholarships to Darien High School Seniors; another great holiday event devoted to giving back.
The Norwalk Holiday Boutique Show
Saturday, December 17th, 10am-4pm
Price: free to attend
Double Tree Hilton Hotel
789 Connecticut Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Dolls, leather crafts, metal work, candles, photographs, pottery, sculpture and woodworking are among the types of crafts you’ll find at The Norwalk Holiday Boutique Show. Approximately 40 vendors will be participating this year (roughly the same amount as last year). The great thing about this show is that vendor’s will be selling only handmade items (there will only be some limited retail vendors). Each merchandise category will have a cap, so you’ll be sure to see a diverse range of crafts and goods. To top it off, a raffle and children’s activities are mixed into the festivities.
Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York, Page Daily, MensJournal.com, and AOL’s Patch.com. Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.