Thursday, November 20, 2014

What's fun & fashionable in the 419?

Looking for something fun & fashionable to do in the 419 this weekend? If you're into art and ready for holiday shopping, there's plenty on the calendar! I'm going to be checking people off my gift list at Handmade Toledo's Maker's Mart. This incredible "indie craft fair" happens twice a year and each time I count down the days. I'm so excited to see past and new vendors; their unique, handmade creations and the local pride the arts community shares.

At last year's Maker's Mart, I fell in love with the colorful scarf pictured above by Mitten Made. Lucky for me I received it as a Christmas gift from my mom. Mitten Made will again be selling at the craft fair. The other scheduled vendors pictured above are Burrowing Home from illustrator Kelly Mitchell Gazdowicz; Cavatica Designs, jewelry made with ceramic clay and On the Lookout, beaded bracelets and more by Erica Young.

After our holiday shopping, my mom and I will mosey our way to lunch. I'd like to try the authentic Italian at the new Toledo Art & Food, but there are plenty of locally owned options: The Blarney, Petit Fours PatisserieYe Olde Durty Bird and Homeslice Pizza, to name a few.

That night, find a dance partner and continue your support of the arts at the Toledo School for the Arts' Dance Party, a disco-themed fundraising event and $5,000 reverse raffle.  Or switch gears, grab some friends and a cold beer at the Toledo Walleye game. They play both Friday and Saturday nights.

What are your weekend plans?

1. Art gallery hopping on Friday
What? There are several art exhibitions opening and closing on Friday, including the 95th Annual Toledo Area Artists Show at The Toledo Museum of Art. More details here.

2. Holiday shopping at Handmade Toledo’s Maker’s Mart
What? An “indie craft fair” with more than 90 local and regional vendors displaying one-of-a-kind crafts. From woodwork to handmade soaps to bags and Toledo-proud T-shirts, there are gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!
When? Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where? 1717 Adams St.

3. More shopping along the Holiday Loop
What? Free bus rides to more than 30 galleries, artist studios, local retailers and other local arts groups and events featuring unique fine art and handmade gifts for the holidays.
When? Saturday 3 – 8 p.m.
Where? Downtown Toledo

4. Eat lunch at the new Toledo Art & Food
What? A new authentic Italian restaurant opened by a Sicilian woman in the former Lunch Hour café
When? Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday (6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday)
Where? 332 N. Erie St.

5. Have a glass of wine at Veritas Cork & Craft
What? Full service wine shop and lounge with small plate appetizers, local meats and cheeses. Specializing in great wines, craft beer, and craft cocktails.
When? Lounge begins service Monday - Saturday at 4p
Where? 505 Jefferson Ave.

6. Dance for a cause at the Toledo School for the Arts’ Dance Party Toledo!
What? TSA’s disco themed fundraising dance party and $5,000 reverse raffle
When? Saturday at 7 p.m.
Where? The Premier at 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.

7. Cheer on the Toledo Walleye
What? Toledo’s hockey team!
When? Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Where? Huntington Center at 500 Jefferson Ave.

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