Holiday Makers Market returns in North Andover | News

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NORTH ANDOVER — The Holiday Makers Market is going back to school for its second annual gift fair.

That will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature 45 vendors selling unique creations in the gymnasium, cafeteria and other spaces at the Thomson School.

“We even have outside space available,” said Darcie Nuttall, who organizes the event. “Someone might be selling reindeers made out of trees.”

The first Makers Market was held last December at the North Andover Historical Society, and they also held an event in August at the barn at the Parson Barnard House, which the Historical Society operates.

But Nuttall has always loved the idea of holding one at a school, and not just because there is ample parking.

“It’s so much better,” Nuttall said. “It involves the whole community.”

The vendors will include Hippie Bean Co., which makes colorful, tie-dyed apparel, and Wisteria House Handmade, which offers felt ornaments in the shape of cardinals and other creatures.

There will be jewelry from Strung Together by Kellie, artisanal soap from LoDog Soaps and East Kat Bath, and paper flowers from Stuck Duck Designs.

Edible gifts from What the Fudge will be available, along with baking mixes, jams, jellies and preserves from Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen, and healthy blends from Savanti Teas.

“We’re inviting all of the donors to donate one product, one of their items, toward a raffle, and the raffle is to raise money for the Thomson School Parent Teacher Organization so they can continue to function at school doing events for the kids,” Nuttall said.

That raffle will also include a dollhouse donated by Melissa Marrama of the Islamic Center in Andover, who made a similar contribution last year.

“She’s a friend of ours and she does local charity work,” Nuttall said. “If people donate their old doll houses she has them renovated by a volunteer and then gives it to a child in need. Last year she gave us one to give away.”

The entertainment will include three face painters, and a free, yet to be determined kids’ craft hosted by Julie’s Art School in North Andover.

“We have so much entertainment this year it’s going to be amazing,” Nuttall said.

Seventh-grader Liam Graham from Arlington will turn the Thomson School into a school of rock.

“He is phenomenal,” Nuttall said. “He sings classic rock. He has a guitar and a small amp. He played a whole set for us last year, and he was so popular we had people asking if he was coming back. He has some swagger. He’s definitely going to be a rock star.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance, because “you can’t have this event without them,” and Santa will pose for photos, but with one condition, Nuttall said.

“Santa photos are free but we ask a suggested donation of warm jackets and hand warmers for those less fortunate,” she said. 

Hot chocolate will be sold by MacKenzie Spencer, 8, a member of the Makers Market committee, and a troupe of even younger ballerinas from Bella Ballerina will perform.

“Last year she had them dressed up as presents,” Nuttall said.

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