Spread Cheer with Local Crafts and Jersey-Grown Trees – Community News

This year, consider shopping locally for the holidays. From unique gifts for loved ones to Christmas trees, wreaths, and other decor, there is something for everyone at these local events.

Every Sunday through December 19, Joseph Varo Hairstylist at 169 Mercer Street in Hightstown will host Little Shop of Holidays, a handmade arts and crafts event on the premises of the barber shop. Mark Fenton, promoter for the event, wanted to bring in local artisans to sell goods such as jewelry, cutting boards, textile products, stained glass, and more. There will be a wide variety of items available from artists including Delameana Woodworks. The high school choir will perform holiday favorites.

Fenton, a local artist himself, owns nearby Handmade Art Studios at 149 West Ward Street in Hightstown and is also the organizer of the Hightstown Artisan Hop …….

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This year, consider shopping locally for the holidays. From unique gifts for loved ones to Christmas trees, wreaths, and other decor, there is something for everyone at these local events.

Every Sunday through December 19, Joseph Varo Hairstylist at 169 Mercer Street in Hightstown will host Little Shop of Holidays, a handmade arts and crafts event on the premises of the barber shop. Mark Fenton, promoter for the event, wanted to bring in local artisans to sell goods such as jewelry, cutting boards, textile products, stained glass, and more. There will be a wide variety of items available from artists including Delameana Woodworks. The high school choir will perform holiday favorites.

Fenton, a local artist himself, owns nearby Handmade Art Studios at 149 West Ward Street in Hightstown and is also the organizer of the Hightstown Artisan Hop and Shop, an event that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, at multiple locations, including Four Get-Me-Not and Perennial Home. Shoppers taking part in the event will receive a card which they can bring to each business for a signature, and be entered into a raffle to win a gift basket. Visit the events page on @HandmadeArtStudios on Facebook for more information.

Princeton Makes, an artists’ cooperative located in the Princeton Shopping Center, will sell a variety of holiday-themed items this season. Customers can directly interact with one of 33 artists to learn about their artistic process and ask questions.

Founder Jim Levine says that a number of the artists are working on holiday items and gifts such as acrylic poured ornaments, wood and resin ornaments, various types of cards and more. Levine, a stained glass window artist, created pieces for Hanukkah, among other designs. Princeton Makes will be open seven days a week during the holiday season; visit princetonmakes.com for more information.

The Tuckerton Seaport will host its 12 Days of Christmas event December 1 through 12. Guests can participate in a Holiday Boat Tour or the Reindeer Scavenger Hunt, as well as gingerbread cookie decorating on Saturdays and Sundays. Additionally, the Seaport Lighthouse will be open for exploration. Don’t forget to browse the holiday Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop for wreaths and other items. Tickets for the Holiday Boat Tour are $15 and are available at ci.ovationtix.com/35325/production/1077254.

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Why not support a local business and buy a real, fresh tree this year? Ponderosa Tree Farm in Egg Harbor City is a family-owned business run by locals with a long history in the community. Mark and Sue Newcomb have lived in Egg Harbor City for 40 years and opened their farm in 1983.

“We decided since we lived in the Galloway woods we would start planting trees. We thought it would be a good thing to plant on the available acreage,” says Mark. They started planting at their home and eventually acquired a 50-acre farm adjacent to their property. It took eight years for the first crop to come in, but once they started selling Christmas trees, their business started booming.

At Ponderosa Tree Farm, the Newcombs grow the Canaan fir, blue spruce, white pine and others, but they also bring in trees from other locations …….

Source: https://www.communitynews.org/six09/spread-cheer-with-local-crafts-and-jersey-grown-trees/article_59bdfdd6-521f-11ec-80bd-3f6a509f97c9.html

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