Lancaster’s reputation as an creative community is rooted in colonial needleworkers, Plain clockmakers and Amish quilters. The tradition has been carried on by the artists, jewelers, cabinetmakers and craftspeople who followed in their footsteps. Now, makers are putting their stamp on Lancaster.
In 2015, Stephanie Fleetman and Christine Miller launched [re]chic, through which they create handcrafted goods and original designs, much of which entails upcycled elements. Like other makers, the two often hit the road to display their creations at shows and markets. They found themselves wishing Lancaster had markets that could showcase the talents of local makers.
They turned those what-ifs into action when they founded Creatively Lancaster, which provides makers with venues that foster “creative collaboration.” As they explain on their website, it is their observation that “communities are stronger when creative energies come together to fuel one another.” Speaking of fuel, many of their events entail food trucks, brews and other treats that keep shoppers shopping.
Creatively Lancaster is an ambitious undertaking, as makers markets are held on a monthly basis at venues such as Clipper Magazine Stadium, Tellus 360 and now Park City Center, where a Holiday Preview Market will be held October 12 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) in the Sears wing of the mall. Holiday Makers Markets will return to the Sears wing on November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). You can expect to see the work of makers, creators, artists, hobbyists, crafters, bakers and more at the markets.
Creatively Lancaster also collaborates with Cork Factory Hotel’s Unveiled bridal venture to present a Bridal Market that features unique handmade items for weddings.
Visit creativelylancaster.com for details.
Pop-Up Event at Hertzog Homestead
Honeysuckle Shop will bring its fall event to the farm that is owned by Kristen and Scott Hertzog on October 4-5. Nearly two-dozen vendors will be on hand, as will food trucks and musical entertainment. Friday’s VIP event (tickets are $5) will benefit the North Star Initiative, which dedicates itself to helping survivors of human trafficking. Friday’s hours are 5-9 p.m. On Saturday, admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 470 W. Metzler Rd., Ephrata. For more information, visit honeysuckleshop11.com or Facebook.
Local Makers Market
The Shops@Rockvale has been sponsoring a Local Makers Market event on select Saturdays for the past year. Thirty vendors typically take part. Dates for the remainder of 2019 include October 5, November 2 and December 7. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Visit shoprockvale.com for more information.
Last spring, Nissley held a craft show in support of the launch of its Kiss line of canned wines. In the past year, Nissley has also sponsored terrarium-making workshops and other creative ventures. Recognizing the popularity of all-things vintage, it will be holding a Harvest Fest & Vintage Market event, October 18 and 19. Sue Whitley, the author of Junk Market, will be on-hand to present floral design, woodworking and tablescape demonstrations. In addition to vendors whose specialties are vintage, the event will feature food trucks, live entertainment, a fashion show, a grape stomp and more. Tickets are required; visit nissleywine.com for details.