BRATTLEBORO -- Cherry Street Artisans announce their 5th annual Holiday Sale & Café, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 44 Cherry St.
The event is a showcase for the work of 11 professional artisans, plus eight family members and two chefs. They have designed a unique and festive emporium in the Victorian home of founding member Judy Zemel. Artisans are all in attendance at the event.
The kitchen-turned-café welcomes baker Kris McDermet, who will provide gourmet desserts. The Café will see the return of Aew Ladd and her Thai fare.
Saturday evening takes on the air of a bistro, with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Nick Keil and Eric Bass, both guitarists, will kick it off at 6 p.m., with finger-picking blues, spirituals and some seasonal selections mixed in. Singcrony, a female a cappella group follows at 7 p.m. Ruth Allard, Andrea Matthews, Beth Kiendl and Carrie Walker impart their seasoned blend of swing, jazz, doo-wop tunes in tight four-part harmony. Cherry Street Artisan potter Teta Hilsdon will close out the evening accompanied by guest performers and will invite sing-alongs.
Some of the participating artisans have been friends and colleagues for more than 30 years. There are four mother-daughter pairs, and one grandmother-mother-granddaughter trio.
Returning artisans include: Josh and Marta Bernbaum, with blown glass objects and ornaments; Pamela Cubbage, sewn and knitted items; Connie Cubbage (Pamela’s mother), handmade notecards; Teta Hilsdon’s carved stoneware mugs and kitchenware; Eileen Hilsdon (Teta’s mother), with quilted potholders and small quilts; Cher Jones (Marta Bernbaum’s mother), with her charming felted animals; Naomi Lindenfeld’s colored clay pottery; JaneViking Swanson, with fine lace ornaments; Judy Zemel, with her usual diverse array of textiles, jewelry, and mobiles; Patty Johnson, with handmade paper books, boxes, jewelry and other items; Aew Ladd’s woven scarves (in addition to her Thai food); and Ellen Troy, with elaborately beaded jewelry.
New artisan David Schoales joins the group this year with his line of hardwood products. Also new this year, Judy Zemel’s family will offer handmade creations and will provide fun and ruckus in the former sale room. There are two of Judy’s daughters: Nina Huld Coleman, with a holiday candleholder-making activity for visitors; granddaughter Ruby Lou Coleman, age 7, will offer her surprisingly delightful hand-dyed washcloths and dish towels; and son Kaj Huld will show his wood carvings. Baker Kris McDermet will display some of her award-winning hooked rugs. Ellen’s husband Wayne Troy will offer cork trivets and coasters.