New event in the works: Spring Marketplace at Holcombe Hill

Posted: Apr 09, 2022 6:00 AM

On Saturday April 30, the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) will partner with Great Shift to bring a Spring Marketplace to the top of Holcombe Hill Preserve.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, May 1. The reserve is at 55 Great Hill Road.

Admission to the event is free and all guests will have the opportunity to shop with intention, browsing products from more than 15 local artisan vendors, such as handmade jewelry, upcycled fashion and second hand treasures, art, pottery, wood crafts, locally grown provisions and much more.

This will be a low impact event, organized to minimize the amount of waste generated and reduce the impact on the local and global environment.

The market will also include a live wildflower installation, interactive painting exhibit, guided outdoor experiences, prepared picnics and live acoustic music.

Five percent of vendor proceeds will be donated to the NFA to help continue to preserve open space in the community.

Great Shift is a Connecticut-based creative events platform that hosts immersive workshops for the “creative-curious” and curated markets celebrating art, handmade goods, and locally grown groceries. Founder Carina Immer describes Great Shift as “the embodiment of the realization that we can learn from the meaningful craftsmanship of our neighbors and source directly from our local community.”

Asked about the partnership with the NFA, Immer said that the partnership with the NFA allows Great Shift “to get involved in local conservation efforts. We hope that by hosting events like the Spring Market on NFA Lands, we will not only help build community and celebrate local artists, but people will appreciate the conservation lands more.

NFA is Connecticut’s oldest land trust and has worked to preserve open space in Newtown for nearly a century. Holcombe Hill is a pristine setting and will provide a beautiful and immersive experience for anyone who visits Spring Marketplace.

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