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WILTON — The 33rd annual American Artisan Show is headed back to town, but this year could see some changes to the Wilton Historical Society’s staple event.

Each year, the show offers attendees the chance to peruse everything from tramp art to whirligigs, home accessories to jewelry, and to see how time-honored techniques and traditional methods are used to create these unique, contemporary objects.

In a break from recent shows, however, this year’s event will open on a Friday. Kim Mellin, the society’s co-director, said the schedule change is part of an effort to make the show easier to attend.

Site plan

1 1One World Trade Center104-story, 1,776-foot office tower, the tallest skyscraper in the city. Features an observatory and anchor tenant Condé Nast. Opened: 2014 Cost: $4 billion 2 2Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade CenterSet to host dance, theater and music and serve as a Tribeca Film Festival venue. Received $75 million gift from Perelman in June 2016. Also has $100 million commitment from Lower Manhattan Development Corp. Construction has not begun. Set to open: 2020 Projected cost: $250 million 3 3Two World Trade CenterSet to be 80-plus-story, 1,270-foot office tower. Construction stalled at ground level as Silverstein Properties seeks anchor tenant. Set to open: TBD Projected cost: $3.5 billion 10 10National September 11 Memorial & MuseumEight-acre urban park with reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls in the Twin Tower footprints and underground institution with archives and monumental artifacts. Opened: 2011 (memorial) and 2014 (museum) Cost: $1 billion 4 4World Trade Center transportation hubAlso called the Oculus. Connects users to 11 subway lines, the PATH train and the Battery Park City ferry terminal. Features the Westfield shopping center. Opened: March 2016 (hub) and August 2016 (mall) Cost: $4 billion (hub) and $2 billion (Westfield development) 5 5Three World Trade Center80-story, 1,079-foot office tower. Tenants include GroupM. Opened: June 3, 2018 Cost: $2.7 billion 6 6Four World Trade Center72-story, 977-foot office tower. Tenants include MediaMath, Morningstar and Port Authority. Opened: 2013 Cost: $2 billion 7 7St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade CenterDomed sanctuary to replace St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was crushed as 2 World Trade Center fell. Set to open: Unclear. Project has stalled due to lack of funding. Projected cost: $72 million to $78 million 9 9Liberty ParkOne-acre plaza and green space modeled on the High Line. Features vertical garden known as the Living Wall. Opened: June 2016 Cost: $50 million 8 8Site 534,000-square-foot property with use to be determined. Under Lower Manhattan Development Corp. ownership. Port Authority says it will gain control; LMDC says no deal made and use should be residential. Set to open: TBD Projected cost: $1.7 billion

Click on a dot to learn more about each of the current and proposed buildings at the World Trade Center complex.

“People have such busy weekends. We thought opening on a Friday would allow more flexibility and opportunity to visit the show,” Mellin said.

This year’s American Artisan Show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3.

With more than 35 diverse artisans scheduled to attend, the popular show will highlight arts, crafts and designs that have been part of fine American handwork since the 18th and 19th centuries, including Shaker-style furniture, pottery, kitchen wares, Nantucket-style baskets, hand-woven scarves, quilts, rugs, floor cloths, art, tavern signs, glass, jewelry, beautifully crafted cutting boards and more.

The show will be set in the society’s historic 18th and 19th century buildings at 224 Danbury Road. Admission is $10.

“The event is an important benefit for the society, supporting their education and historic preservation mission,” said Nick Foster, the Wilton Historical Society collection coordinator.

Prior to the official opening, the society will hold a Preview and Silent Auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. It will give guests the first opportunity to browse and buy, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. New this year, the silent auction will feature a series of exceptional and unique “experiences,” in addition to unique objects contributed by the artisans. Tickets cost $125.

“We have a truly amazing range of artisans and the objects they create,” said Moira Craw, a society trustee who was entrusted with selecting this year’s vendors.

Coffee, tea, lunch and snacks will be available on-site from Bubble and Brew both days and from Angie's Cocinita (Cuban, Mexican, Fusion) on Friday and Crazy Taco Mex on Saturday.

To learn more about the American Artisan Show, go to or call 203-762-7257.


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