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.
“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 www.wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.