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Noah Webster House and West Hartford Gift Shop to Host Holiday Market

Noah Webster House in snow. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

A Holiday Market will be held on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, giving holiday shoppers an opportunity to support small local businesses.

By Ronni Newton

A wide variety of arts and crafts, food, and handmade or locally-made good will be available for purchase at the Noah Webster House’s third annual Holiday Market, which will be held at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society on Dec. 2 and 3, 2022.

In the spring the Museum launched a social enterprise mission, the West Hartford Gift Shop, and which has been working to develop partnerships and relationships with local artists and makers. The West Hartford Gift Shop will be the anchor vendor for the Holiday Market, which will also showcase the products of 20 local vendors and support those small businesses.

2022 West Harford Collectible Holiday Ornament. Courtesy image

The limited-edition West Hartford Collectible 2022 Holiday Ornament, which features the Tudor-style building at the corner of Farmington Avenue and LaSalle Road, perhaps best remembered as Bennett’s Card shop, will be available for purchase.

Also for sale will be classic gingerbread house kits that include freshly-baked gingerbread pieces, royal icing mix, and candy for decorating.

Ornaments and kits are in limited supply and pre-ordering at westhartfordgiftshop.com is recommended. Items can be picked up at the Holiday Market.

Some of the West Hartford Gift Shop items that will be offered at the Holiday Market include a throw blanket that depicts many town landmarks, Julia Gash merchandise that features whimsical illustrations of iconic locations throughout town, and literary-themed items, including scarves, notecards, and drink ware.

Other available items that will be offered for sale by local artisans include jewelry, candles, ornaments, notecards, photography, woodworking pieces, and more. Vendors includes WeHa Candle Co., Julie Philips art, Eunoia Uncommon, Modern Dandy, Jena Maki Studio, and many more.

Food and drink will also be available to purchase from Alamac Bakery, Bellis Bourbon, WeHa Brewing and Roasting Company and more. A full listing of vendors can be found on the Facebook event page.

The Noah Webster House has received funding to expand the operations of the West Hartford Gift Shop at the 227 South Main Street site. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The Holiday Market will be held rain or shine, and is both inside the Museum at 227 South Main Street, West Hartford,, as well as outdoors in the parking lot. Hours are 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Advance registration is not required and there is no cost to attend, but a suggested donation of $5 would help support Museum educational initiatives.

Many of the businesses that are participating in the Holiday Market are recently launched and do not have their own brick and mortar locations. Showcasing their products gives those businesses exposure to the community, and a portion of their proceeds are also donated to support the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. The Noah Webster House is thankful for the support of the Mangs family, which is sponsoring this year’s event.

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