Crafts paradise at Staples High School this weekend
The nonprofit Westport Young Woman's League has plenty of experience when it comes to amassing monies for the less fortunate -- for decades hosting CraftWestport as one of those fund-raising efforts.
The 36th annual show and sale -- now considered one of the premiere events of its kind in the region -- will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, at Staples High School in Westport.
The show will feature about 160 American craft artists and artisans who will offer thousands of the most unique "high-end" works on the contemporary crafts scene, said Laura Kandel, a spokeswoman for Artrider, the event producer.
Kristin LaFleur, president, wrote that the "Westport Young Woman's League has been helping people in need in Fairfield County for over 50 years. We have funded organizations that serve the homeless, victims of abuse, families and children in poverty, seniors, as well as provide cultural programming throughout our area. Funding for these grants is raised through two major fundraisers: CraftWestport and the Minute Man Race."
Event Chairwoman Dot Baliban, of Westport, said the event is so special to her "because it's all about giving back to the community."
Baliban, a hospice nurse, pointed out that last year's event raised about $85,000, which was distributed to 30 charities and nonprofit cultural groups that submitted grant requests.
League members also will sponsor a cake/bake sale, with all proceeds from that endeavor being donated to Caroline House, in Bridgeport, a nonprofit organization founded and staffed by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, which focuses on teaching English language and life skills to women and children, Baliban said.
This year's event will feature an array of clothing, jewelry and items for the home, ranging from about $10 to several thousand dollars.
Wearable fiber items, leather goods, metal and nonmetal jewelry, wood bowls, glass items and clay works will be among the featured items. Also offered will be specialty food items, paintings, drawings, prints, photography, nonwearable fiber pieces and dolls.
Staples High School, 70 North Ave., Westport. Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $9, $8 seniors, free for children. $1 off admission with canned food item. 800-649-0279, www.artrider.com/WPT11.html.