Artisans sell wares at Geauga Park District’s Holly Days Artisan Boutique and Mistletoe Market – News-Herald

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The West Woods hosted 43 local artisans on November 5, who sold their nature-themed holiday décor and merchandise at the Holly Days Artisan Boutique and Mistletoe Market in the Geauga Park District.

The event is an annual tradition for the West Woods Nature Center, located at 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township. It’s a collaborative effort between the Geauga Park District and several regional artisans to encourage small businesses.

“We have a lovely selection of local artists from around the area and are very pleased with the positive response to them,” said Holly Sauder, Geauga Park District special events coordinator. “We want to support small businesses and artists and bring people together to see all the amazing things they create.”

McCune Family Apiaries, a maroon beekeeping company that creates all-natural honey products from about 150 hives in five northeast Ohio counties, sells its wares at the Holly Days Artisan Boutique in The West Woods Park. (John Butler – The News Herald)

One of the featured artisans was McCune Family Apiaries, an Auburn-based beekeeping company that produces all-natural honey products from about 150 hives in five counties in northeast Ohio.

“We originally started with no more than two hives, and that’s how it’s come to be,” says owner Peggy Secura. “We take the honey from the hives with an extractor and then bottle it. All our honey is rare and unfiltered; it is natural, just as it comes out of the hive.”

Secura said they also harvest a lot of beeswax through their 150 beehives, which they use to make candles and soaps.

As well as their honey and wax candles, they make and sell hand soap, deodorant and a variety of other products with the help of their bee friends.

The event also featured lesser-known artists such as Jenni Duchon, who learned the art of crocheting from her grandmother, as well as online tutorials. Using her self-taught skills, she crochet colorful and lively animals for people to take home.

“I crochet all year and then take my craft to a show so I can clean out my house and fill it back up with more furry friends for next year,” Duchon said. “I love creating creatures of all kinds. My favorite things to crochet are squid, fish and sea creatures.”

Duchon doesn’t have a website or a store, but instead expands their offerings throughout the year, selling their products at an event like the Holly Days Artisan Boutique.

Among many other participants were Luvin Lavender Farm LLC, which makes lavender and lavender products such as soaps and fragrances; Jean Schell Photography, which makes and sells enamel miniature portraits of Schell’s photographs; and Salo Maple Product, which sells maple syrup products.

The West Woods hosted 43 local artisans who sold their nature-themed Christmas decorations and merchandise at their Holly Days Artisan Boutique and Mistletoe Market.  (John Butler??
The West Woods hosted 43 local artisans who sold their nature-themed Christmas decorations and merchandise at their Holly Days Artisan Boutique and Mistletoe Market. (John Butler – The News Herald)

In addition to the 36 adult artists and companies, the event hosted a mistletoe fair that featured seven young artists from elementary school through 12th grade selling their handmade crafts and talking about their various works.

Little artists included elementary school student Cecilia Masse, who taught herself how to make Christmas decorations, and Lloyd Baeslach, who uses wood carving tools to make wooden spoons.

Sauder said their Holly Days Artisan Boutique and Mistletoe Market are something they hope to continue hosting in the West Woods to support local artisans.

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