- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—NEWBURYPORT — The skies may be cloudy today, but colorful items will brighten up the streets as artists and crafters offer everything from paintings and photographs to jewelry and clothing to home decor and household items.

The 58th annual Market Square Day Craft Show takes over State, Pleasant and Inn streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After successfully tweaking the setup last year, organizer Alysha Robitaille said she has found a formula that works. Vendors will line just the right side of State Street, leaving more space for pedestrians and cars to get around.

Pleasant Street will again be closed to traffic, allowing booths and tents to fill both sides of the street and giving it more of a “closer, safer, community” feel, Robitaille said. There will also be separation on Inn Street between the booths of handmade items and the regular vendors that are there all week, to avoid confusion of what booths are part of the crafts show.

The show is juried, meaning that each participant is selected by Robitaille and a group of six or seven volunteers. Applications start arriving in January, and the group starts meeting in March to go over the options.

Robitaille, 18, also browses the online marketplace Etsy to find new vendors to join the returning favorites. She said that this year she was surprised to discover a few local crafters who weren’t aware of the show and were thrilled to join.

There are around 60 participants in this year’s show.

Jewelry maker Trish Kozub has been taking part in Market Square Day for the past 10 years and returns today to the same spot on Inn Street.

“They put me there the first year,” she said. “I loved it and stayed put. It’s very calm there.”

The owner of the Burlington-based iDazz Custom Designs, Kozub has been designing and creating jewelry for 15 years. It is her full-time job, and she sells her items at about 100 shows a year and online.

“I typically focus on mostly gemstones,” she said. “I also incorporate a lot of what I call ‘vintage flair.’”

Vintage items include buttons dating back to the 1800s and brooches and beads from the 1940s and ‘50s. She gets a lot of her items from warehouses in Rhode Island and New York.

“This year, I have a lot more vintage glass pieces,” she said. “My new love is vintage Japanese glass from the 1940s. They’re very colorful, summer colors. It’s just a great way to give new life to old beads.”

In Newburyport, Kozub is looking forward to seeing a number of familiar faces that return to her booth each year.

“I have a fabulous, loyal customer base,” she said. “I’m very lucky. I couldn’t do it without my great customers.”

Another longtime participant returning today is Ryan Clark, who has been making pendants, rings and earrings wrapped in sterling silver wire for 15 years.

The owner of Positive Energy in West Granby, Connecticut, works with “all sorts of different materials,” including gemstones, shells, bone carvings, wood carvings and dichroic glass.

“It’s very unique,” Clark said. “We like to be different.”

Joining Clark in the booth is his wife, Som, who weaves personalized macrame name bracelets.

“She makes them right there on the spot,” Clark said.

Clark said their location on State Street has been the perfect location from which to enjoy the festival each year.

“It’s just fun,” he said. “They always have great entertainment. It’s always fun to be a part of it.”

After taking the show over from her mother, Yankee Homecoming general chairwoman Jennifer Lacroix, two years ago, Robitaille will step down next year to focus on school. The Governor’s Academy graduate will attend Springfield College this fall.

“I’m definitely going to help out with Yankee Homecoming still,” she said.

If you go

What: Market Square Day Craft Show

When: Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: State, Pleasant and Inn streets

How much: Free to browse; handmade items for sale from 60 vendors

More information: www.yankeehomecoming.com/event/market-square-day


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