Westfield Pop-Up Holiday Crafts Fair opens last weekend at the Bismarck Hotel

WESTFIELD – Today and tomorrow, December 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., are the last days of the Pop-Up Shop and Stroll Holiday Craft Show at the Bismarck Hotel, home of Pilgrim Candle, at 16 Union Ave., Westfield.

Twenty different artisans, craftspeople and vendors, many of them local, filled the halls and first floor of the historic hotel, built in 1899. Hotel owners Donna and Joseph Shibley loaned their antique furniture in the space to vendors to be able to display their crafts, adding to the atmosphere. They also donate all selling costs to the Westfield Food Pantry.

Casey Goudreau from Southwick, consultant for Tastefully Simple, is hosting the craft fair. She said she was approached by Donna Shibley, a family friend, and immediately agreed. All table expenses paid by artisans and vendors will go to the Westfield Food Pantry.

“We need to collect more non-perishable food for the pantry. We have a lot of new suppliers coming on Saturday and Sunday. There will be make-up for the children and Santa will be there, ”said Goudreau.

Entrance to the show is free for buyers. Door prize tickets, donated by vendors, will be given with purchases and to any purchaser who brings a non-perishable item for the pantry.

“We sellers donated items to use as door prizes. A customer just has to spend money at a vendor’s booth and they’ll get a ticket for amazing door prizes offered by vendors. We also give tickets to buyers if they bring non-perishable items for the pantry, ”Goudreau said.

Shoppers can also stop at Soup’s On in the Bismarck, for a bite to eat before or after shopping, Goudreau said.

“There’s a lot going on in the city, but I want the city, community and surrounding communities to know about our cause. We want them to shop with our local artisans and vendors during the holiday season and help out the all-in-one pantry, ”she said.

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