Holiday markets overflow with options
11:18 PM, Nov 23, 2013
Rochester Folk Art Guild
The Middlesex-based guild holds its Holiday Festival of Crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Harley School, 1981 Clover St., Brighton. Guild members have a full range of talents, making handmade wooden toys to hand-blown glass ornaments and loomed rugs and apparel. Admission is $2. Call (585) 554-3539 or go to folkartguild.org.
Theatre of Dreams Holiday Gift Market
New this year is a market decked out as only Blackfriars Theatre could do it. Following the success of The Paris Flea over the summer, the theater decided to host a holiday fundraiser with vendors selling more than 200 lines of jewelry, art, home decor and more in the space, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland. The gift market will be open 2 to 8 p.m. Friday through Dec. 8. Admission is $5. Call (585) 454-2100.
Breakfast with Krampus
Meet the anti-Santa of European folklore, and if he likes your gift donation for underprivileged children, he might give you a free breakfast treat. The folk tale isn’t so friendly: Krampus will even send some on the naughty list to hell, so this event is recommended for those older than 12. An alternative arts and crafts fair, Germanic bake sale and more will be part of the festivities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave. Call (585) 244-0960 or go to MuCCC.org.
First Friday and more
Galleries across the city, but especially in the East End and Neighborhood of the Arts, will be full of one-of-a-kind gifts as well the usual art shows on Dec. 6. Check hours of your favorite gallery; or you can start planning at FirstFridayRochester.org. Most galleries admissions are free. Many galleries and artists’ studios are open for extra hours in December as well. For example, many in the Hungerford Building will be open on Saturday. Anderson Alley Artists will be open on Dec. 6 and 7 with a Holiday Gala, and will have displays and demonstrations on Dec. 14 for their Second Saturday open house. More Fire Glass Studio is offering glass-blowing demonstrations and displays on Saturday and next Sunday, as well as Dec. 7. And the Irondequoit Art Club is holding its holiday show and sale at the Irondequoit Public Library’s Pauline Evans Branch from next Saturday (with special opening day demonstrations and entertainment) through Dec. 7.
The Metro Justice Alternative Fair was the place to find fair trade items for the holidays before fair trade was trendy. This year’s fair is Dec. 6 and 7 at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 S. Winton Road. Local vendors will have pottery, textiles, holiday decor and more, as well as items from around the world. Suggested donation is $3 per person older than 12 years; there is free child care.
Second Storie Market
The event this year will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince St. Second Storie started as a place for younger and edgier artists to display and sell their works. Many of these artists embrace “craftivism,” which is the idea that they choose materials that are as much fair trade, recycled or locally made as possible and then give back to the community as well. Second Storie is collecting gently used and new art supplies during the event to donate to art classes that need them. Admission is free. Go to secondstorie.com.
Holidays at the Market
A whole array of holiday decor, gift items and winter accessories and apparel, as well as food, is available at the Rochester Public Market, 180 N. Union St., next Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and a visit from Santa also are part of the activities. Call (585) 428-6907 or go to cityofrochester.gov.