The Maker’s Market brings the Spirit of Christmas to Annmarie Gardens
Over 22 vendors participated in this year’s annual Maker’s Market on Dowell Road at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Deciduous Dave’s Walking Sticks and Stuff participated with its hand turned wooden art. RnR Jewelry Designs, Paul Pontorno and Prestige MetalWorks, One: Eleven Pottery, Tricia Hall, owner of Bead Boutique, Jolliworks, Scott Sanders, Partner at the Tobacco Barn Distillery and Mark Port, craftsman at Port Furniture were some of the many vendors that participated this season.
Many locally inspired handcrafted Christmas ornaments were displayed on the Christmas trees at the indoor event.
Marie Valentonis of Severna Park who currently resides in Easton, Md where she owns a small hobby farm displayed her business Acorn & Clover, a company she started with her children in mind. On that farm she relies heavily on the goats and chickens that enable her to make the all natural goat milk soaps, shampoos and body butters.
“I wanted to make all natural products for my children because of all the nasty stuff that’s in bath and body products and I have an endocrine disorder that can be passed down the female line,” Valentonis said. “I had interest from some friends and it’s a real big passion of mine so it’s worked out.”
Valentonis incorporates blended oils from safflower oil, olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil. She starts out with raw ingredients and mixes them with lye. A mold is formed and Valentonis then adds local inspired ingredients such as lavender, beeswax and honey to the final products. For Christmas this season one of her best sellers is her oak barrel cinnamon and apple cider in it.
“I don’t use anything that’s going to disrupt the balance of our bodies.” she said, “and so it’s great for people with any sort of skin conditions, especially those with sensitive skin.”
CEO and Seamstress Shondra Duran of ‘Sew it’s my Party’ displayed bright colored handbags and accessories. Her business gives a unique perspective and offers families an opportunity to host a birthday party or special event where participants sit down and sew their very own special handmade gift to take home with them.
George Dotson, who lives locally in Calvert County started the company RnR Jewelry Designs with family and friends and had participated in the Christmas event in the past.
“It’s just amazing how much time and effort goes into making each piece,” he said. “Each is a tiny bead. The bracelets look like fabric, but each is a bead. It’s always a lot of fun to be here at the Maker’s Market so we’re enjoying it.”
White Plains resident, Sheehan (Misko) opened Coastal Wick Candle Company four years ago and it prides itself on the fact that each is all natural and free of dyes. It was (Misko’s) first time participating at the Maker’s Market and said the Holiday Jam and Santa’s Cookies were her most popular candles.
For the remaining weeks of the Christmas Season, the Garden in Lights will run nightly from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. until Jan. 1, 2018, New Year’s Day. Take some time to enjoy the refreshments inside the Hardesty Haven Holiday Café. They offer pizza, hot dogs, nachos & cheese, soft pretzels, popcorn, cupcakes, cookies and hot drinks to take the chill off.
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Tammy Showalter / Calvert Beacon Reporter