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Llewellyn Holiday Market again kicks off the Christmas season

Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Co-Chairs Marya Woldridge and Tammy Dean ran the Raffle Table at this years Llewellyn Holiday Market. The Llewellyn School Holiday Market is always an early-Holiday-season highlight. This year’s Co-Chairpersons Tammy Dean and Marya Woldridge started planning in August; the funds raised by the market are slated for PTA field trips and after-school programs, although “The Kindergarteners, and fourth and fifth graders have their own fund-raising events here,” remarked Woldridge.

The eighth annual market fell on November 14 and 15 – plenty early to plan ahead for Holiday gift-giving. This year the event included the raffle of items donated by vendors. At least sixty adults and students rented display space – the largest turnout for the popular Westmoreland market so far.

Kid craft tables were interspersed with adult sales tables, allowing a more comprehensive mix of talents. “Many of the crafters are from our own neighborhoods,” observed Dean. “Only a few are from out of town.”

Mini-marshmallow “pea-shooters” were again popular, and marshmallow catapults joined the mix. Home décor items included colorful aprons, wine bottle toppers, photo-imprinted tiles, beeswax candles, and tins for first aid and sewing supplies. Welded sculptures made from scrap metal were offered for home and garden art.

Woodstock crafter Kelly Cole of “Blue Bird Sews” displayed quilts and quilted items such as coin purses, Christmas star ornaments, and pouches for notebooks and crayons. “Modern Handmade; Vintage Inspired” is her motto.

Sellwood eighth grader Bella Roberts sold round burlap-wrapped plants. “They’re called Japanese Kokedama plants,” she explained. “I’m trying to raise money for our end-of-year East Coast trip. We’ll visit the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and also New York City, for a week. It should be really fun.”

Vendors sold clothing and accessories of all types, including some for dolls and pets. Organic handmade products included shampoo, soaps, body lotion, lip balm, flavored vinegars and syrups, and of course, desserts. The excitement and variety of the market highlighted the creative neighborhood spirit.