Holiday Market in Westport Nov. 18 & 19

Once again this year the Westport Historical Society located on 25 Avery Place in Westport is hosting it’s popular Holiday Market on November 18 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on November 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Holiday Market will feature vintage gifts, antique prints and handmade jewelry, soaps and letterpress cards. Highlights include a wine reception Friday evening, Nov. 17, talks and book signings by guest authors both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18, and a BBQ food truck will be at this festive event on Saturday.

Three of the sellers craft their own products that includes: Cynthia Alexander, who designs and makes her own jewelry and also has an aromatherapy line of lavender-filled silk pillows and accessories, Catherine Romer of Nod Hill Soaps in Wilton who makes makes soaps, candles and body lotions and Karen Zuckert of Gingerbitz Bakery in New Canaan who bakes gingerbread houses and cookies.

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The list of sellers also includes:
M&F Antique Prints, owned by Fiona Mittag of Wilton, has original architectural engravings, some dating to the mid-1600s, and hand-colored lithographs. Subject matter includes Italian palaces and churches, flowers, flora and fauna and china, decorative porcelain and urns. Mittag, who has a degree in art history and studied interior design at Parsons, also sells high-end custom frames in 22-carat gold leaf and in woods such as cherry, maple and walnut. Some are hand carved. Visit the website at M&F Antique Prints

Suzanne Saltzman sells silk shawls made of fabrics from India, Italy, France and Nepal and scarves and evening bags. She decorates the items herself with black onyx, lapis, picture jasper, crystals, turquoise, Chinese jade and mother of pearl. The Manhattan resident formerly designed a line of jewelry sold at Bloomingdale’s and other department stores across the country.
Jean Forte Vintage Gifts carries antique and vintage flatware, sterling, glassware, silver plate, one of a kind vintage jewelry pieces, what she calls “an eclectic mix of beautiful things.” Forte, a former fashion designer and Norwalk residents, also has her own catering business. Visit the website at Jean Forte Vintage Gifts.
Anita Designs offers a line of natural linen napkins, fingertip towels and tissue box covers designed by Anita Sobelson of Weston. Sobelson also sells scented candles and other gift items.

Grano, of Cynthia Alexander, is a former investment banker who developed an interest in semi-precious stones while visiting Hong Kong on business. Some of her jewelry features jade carved in the traditional Chinese style that has “a Zen feeling.” She also has eye pillows filled with lavender and flax seed that are “very calming”.
Visit the website at Cynthia Alexander.

Saltbox Press, owned by Lynda Campbell of Wilton, specializes in custom wedding invitations and greeting cards made of cotton paper, which gives “a rich, soft, feel.”
For the Holiday Market she will have a calendar with a separate letterpressed sheet for each month as well as holiday themed single cards with vintage images. Campbell does all of her printing in the basement of her antique saltbox house. Visit the website at Saltbox Press.

Talks will be given by Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey of Weston and Dr. Sasha Carr, a psychologist specializing in child and family sleep.

Talks are scheduled for:

Friday, at 3:00 p.m. – Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey. Visit the website at Red Bee Honey.
Marchese, a former illustrator and designer, switched careers in 2000 and now runs a successful honey business. She is also the author of “Honeybee: Lessons from An

Accidental Beekeeper” and co-author of “The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey.”
Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. – Dr. Sasha Carr Visit the website at Dr. Carr.
Carr says she that after becoming a mom she “discovered there’s a science (and art) specific to dealing with children’s sleep within the context of a family,” an experience that led her to receive postgraduate training at the Family Sleep Institute. She is the author of “Putting Bungee to Bed,” an illustrated bedtime book for children.

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