GROVELAND – As gift-giving season begins to heat up, it’s time again for the Maker’s Market at Veasey Memorial Park. The annual Arts, Crafts and Vintage Fair is this year on Saturday 3 December from 10:30am to 4:00pm. This year’s show extends organizers’ efforts to keep it local and extra green.
The Maker’s Market is hosted by the non-profit Pentucket Arts Foundation and sponsored by cultural councils in Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury. It’s a chance for shoppers to feel extra comfortable with the gifts they’re giving over the holidays. The fair, now in its third year, not only supports the work of 35 local artists and craftspeople whose handmade goods and products are available for sale, but its consistent focus on upcycled and recycled items underscores the beauty of repurposed materials, according to the fair organizers.
“This year’s market is developing in a really unique way,” said Anna Saraceno of the West Newbury Arts Foundation, which organizes the event each year with her colleague Melissa Montello from Groveland. “Makers Market focuses on handmade items, but we’re also interested in sustainable Christmas shopping.”
One such supplier is Ersilia Designs of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who create textile accessories and homeware that are zero-waste and plant-dyed. A Bent Emporium pop-up shop in Georgetown will offer vintage clothing, collectibles and mid-century merchandise.
One new maker Saraceno said she’s particularly excited about is Liz Kinder, a ceramic artist from Manchester-by-the-Sea.
“We met Liz at the Newburyport Farmers Market and are delighted to have her join us this year. Liz makes functional ceramics, including tableware and vases with beautiful designs and glazes,” she said. The fair will also feature jewelry, decoration, bath and beauty, knitted and sewn items, art prints and more. As always, the market includes hands-on craft workshops where guests of all ages can stop by and receive instructions on how to create a variety of handcrafted gifts.
This year, the show’s always plentiful Maker’s Market Cafe is committed to using as much locally sourced produce as possible. It draws produce from Long Hill Orchard and eggs from the Grant Family Farm in West Newbury.
“Our coffee is freshly roasted by Burwell Beans in Rowley, who are also joining us as vendors for the first time this year,” noted Montello. The café is known for its comforting home-cooked food, treats, and drinks geared toward nourishing serious shoppers.
Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland is located at 201 Washington St. The property is named for Arthur D. Veasey, who inherited the property in 1881 from a member of the Hale family of Haverhill, whose factories were among the oldest – and most dominant – flannel manufacturers the time.
The main building – known as the Veasey Suite – sits on 47 acres of woods, fields and nature trails and features a craftsman-style living room with an adjoining dining room that features a large working fireplace made of striped Merrimack River stone. Vendor counters in the Maker’s Market are set up throughout the space, which includes several other rooms — some with fireplaces and hardwood floors. The suite is attached to the 1500 square meter Great Hall.
The former chapel has high ceilings; tall, tinted glass windows; and plenty of natural light, which — along with the distinct sense of creativity in the air and the festive music — provides a cheerful backdrop to kick off the holiday season, Saraceno said.