A group of local artisans are hoping to start their own Christmas tradition in Bracebridge.
This weekend the Muskoka Foundry on Entrance Drive will play host to the first ever Crafted Muskoka Holiday Arts Market.
The event organizers say there will be 32 artisans on hand in a Christmas market-style setting, with a variety of arts and crafts for sale.
“There’s definitely something magical about Christmas in Muskoka. We wanted to bring together a range of talent from a variety of both traditional and non-traditional artists for the community of Muskoka to enjoy,” says Ashley Love of Crafted Muskoka, who have partnered with the Muskoka Foundry to put the event together. “Devon (Specht) and I started Crafted Muskoka because we saw a need in the community for fun, festive events with an ageless theme.”
The majority of the vendors come from the Muskoka area, she says, and all of them create their own products. Items range from honey and maple syrup to candles, glassware and pottery.
“We wanted to really highlight those artisans who create their own products, with their own hands, time and love,” says Love.
The event runs Saturday and Sunday, and on Saturday night Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Sawdust City Brewery will be serving up local wines and craft beer.
“Live music will also be playing amidst the evening shopping, with all proceeds going to YWCA Muskoka,” says Love.
Santa will also be making a stop by the Foundry on Sunday from 1 pm until 4 pm.
The event is set to take place in the Foundry’s second heated retail space, which is located next door to Simply Cottage. The facility itself, is currently in the process of being renovated from it’s previous use as a working foundry into a 30,000 square foot space for retail, bakery, cuisine, brew house, performing arts and a special events venue.
“The Muskoka Foundry is going to be amazing cultural hub in Muskoka and what better way to introduce this fantastic venue to our community then with a Christmas Market,” says Love.