A late fall tradition started by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance is set to return to jumpstart the holiday shopping season.
The fifth annual Uprising Handmade Holiday Market, featuring 40 vendors, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 5 p.m., at Olivia’s Garden, 10730 S. Western Ave.
The event will be a little different that other shopping excursions this time of year, according to Alliance board member Dave Barsotti.
“There’s just going to be some unique holiday gifts,” Barsotti said. “I use the line, ‘Not your mama’s craft fair.’”
A $5 donation is suggested, and a raffle will be held.
The market will feature paintings, photography, pottery, and homemade jewelry and clothing, organizers said, as well as food, drinks and music from DJ Ruta Spencer, a longtime collaborator with The Alliance.
Steering Cocktails, founded by local resident Lizzy Benner, will offer “festive cocktail creations.”
The market was first held in Blue Island but moved to Olivia’s Garden in recent years.
The greenhouse is heated, Barsotti said, and he’s confident visitors will find something they like.
“It’s a must if you’ve never been,” Barsotti said. “You’ll leave happy.”
Barsotti, of Beverly, is considering making something to sell, and he’ll likely bring his large homemade stringed instrument for display. He’s played the instrument at other Alliance events, including the Beverly Art Walk.
The Alliance hosts Uprising markets throughout the year, as well as art exhibits in pop-up shops, in addition to the art walk, which draws thousands of people every fall.
Olivia’s Garden has supported other Alliance events, including hosting an Uprising market during the art walk.
Barsotti said the winter market has been a success.
“It’s gone well,” Barsotti said. “We’ve always had a really large turnout, and the vendors are always happy with what they sell. It’s just a fun time for the whole family.”
For more information, visit the Beverly Area Arts Alliance website at beverlyarts.org.