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Llewellyn Holiday Market in Westmoreland draws crowds

by: Rita A. Leonard Westmoreland mom Michelle Easby sewed creative felt toys for her “The Fancy Farmer” booth.

Llewellyn Elementary School's eighth annual Holiday Market drew a multitude of shoppers on November 4th and 5th - to purchase a variety of handmade Christmas gifts, while supporting the school's programs.

Over 70 local artisans set up booths at the Westmoreland school to offer clothing, toys, ornaments, home decor items, jewelry, pillows, and pottery. There was also a Children's Market, and a Bake Sale set up in the Cafeteria, along with a supervised Lego Building Station 'to keep little hands busy while you shop'.

Children's booths featured jewelry, Matchbox cars, potholders, photo stationery and holiday ornaments. Students also helped with the Bake Sale and at the Lego Station.

Many artisans came from Inner Southeast neighborhoods, or were teachers at the school. Kindergarten teacher Eunice Tursi sold colorful birdhouses for decorative cheer both indoors and out. Another teacher displayed kitchen utensils, made with exotic wood handles turned on her own lathe.

Westmoreland mom Michelle Easby and friend Maria Augustine teamed their talents to create 'The Fancy Farmer' booth. Here, felt stuffed owls, chickens, penguins, mice and sheep sat next to baskets of stuffed felt fruits and vegetables. There were gift selections for every age and gender, with much innovation and Holiday excitement in evidence.

Co-Chairs Annelle Friel and Teresa Coiteux advised that hundreds of shoppers had enjoyed the sale. The proceeds help support Outdoor School, class field trips, and PTA and school budget needs.