Fine-arts marketplace draws crowd to CraftWestport
The annual CraftWestport sponsored by the Westport Young Woman's League drew crowds for its opening Saturday at the Staples High School fieldhouse.
In all, 175 fine-arts craftsmen and artisans were represented at the two-day event, many of them from out of state.
In addition, a Pop Up Marketplace showcased vendors from Connecticut.
There was also a specialty foods section, as well as a baked-goods sale benefiting Elder House senior programs, staffed by WYWL volunteers. Overall, the show is produced by a core committee of 15, but a cadre of 130 league volunteers handles everything from admission to vendor assistance.
The WYWL also coordinates a raffle featuring local donated merchandise, supporting Staples tuition grants.
Revenue from CraftWestport ticket sales benefits more than 39 charitable organizations in the area, according to Jackie Spencer of the league, who said the event is one of two major fundraisers the league conducts each year. The other is the Minuteman Road Race held every April.
CraftWestport continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (age 62 and over). Children are free.