Welcome Mat: Ponyride hosts annual Makers Market

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News


New vendors

at this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Something about a marching band can really put you in the holiday spirit. That was the case last year when I went to the opening night of last year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair at the city’s iconic Masonic Temple and a marching band entertained shoppers. Talk about fun! I’m not sure if the band will be back this year, but the vendors will be unique no matter what. More than 100 artisans selling everything from handmade greeting cards to ceramics will be at this year’s fair. And on Friday’s Open Night, Flower House creator Lisa Waud will be offering make & take crafts. Roughly 40 percent of this year’s vendors are new, says co-producer Carey Gustafson. “We make an honest and thoughtful effort to bring new work, show favorites, quality, excellent price points, oddities and familiarities,” says Gustafson in a press release. “It’s a unique and happy display of creative people’s busy hands!” The Detroit Urban Craft Fair, now in its 11th year, runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Opening Night admission is $10; admission is $1 on Saturday and Sunday with children 12 and under admitted free.

Oven mitt

Ponyride hosts annual

Makers Market

Ponyride is an entrepreneurial space in Detroit where up-and-coming artists and entrepreneurs can hone their craft and start businesses. No wonder why their upcoming holiday show is called the Makers Market. On Dec. 10, Ponyride will opens it doors from 12-6 for this annual market that features local artisans and designers selling everything from housewares to jewelry. Smith Shop, which was featured earlier this year in Homestyle, will be one of this year’s vendors, selling its handcrafted housewares. The Makers Market kicks off with a sneak preview party from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 9 that will include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and early access to the market. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Ponyride is at 1401 Vermont Street. Email info@ponyride.com for information.

Holiday Jubilee benefits Detroit tiny homes

The Junior League of Detroit has big ideas for a tiny cause: tiny homes. The junior league is hosting its Holiday Jubilee from 7-11 p.m. Friday at Eastern Market’s Shed No. 3 to raise funds for Cass Tiny Homes, an ambitious project by Cass Community Social Services to build Detroit’s largest tiny house development. The brainchild of the Rev. Faith Fowler (above), the homes will provide housing for formerly homeless people and low-income students and seniors. Holiday Jubilee guests will enjoy food from chef Bobby Nahra, live music from local singer Ben Sharkey and a silent auction. Tickets are $150; $100 for those 30 and under; and $200 for VIP tickets. To buy tickets, go to jldetroit.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

DETROIT – AUGUST 8: Rev. Faith Fowler shows off the Cass Community Social Services new tiny house development Thursday, August 8, 2016 along Elmhurst in Detroit. (Photo by Bryan Mitchell/Special to Detroit News)

Pontiac glass studio

offers glass blowing demonstrations, sale

Glass artist Heather Wagner will open up her epiphany glass studios in Pontiac this weekend for her annual Holiday Show, featuring glass blowing demonstrations, sales and more. The holiday show runs from 4-8 p.m. Friday; and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. And new this year, guests will have the chance to work with an epiphany glass artist to create their own ornament. Epiphany also is offering several pet-themed items, including sleeping kitties, colorful dogs, drinking glasses and small and large food bowls. A portion of each pet-themed sale will go the Michigan Humane Society. The holiday show is free and open to the public. Epiphany is at 770 Orchard Lake Road. To schedule a glassblowing session, call (248) 745-3786 or email mary@epiphanyglass.com.

Epiphany glass will sell a portion of the proceeds from certain pet-themed items sold at its holiday show to the Michigan Humane Society.

Zonta Homewalk showcases Midland’s mid-century design

Earlier this fall, my husband and I took a special road trip to Midland to visit a mid-century landmark I’ve always wanted to see firsthand: the Alden B. Dow House and Studio. It didn’t disappoint. From the floating office in Dow’s studio to his family’s home theater, the house is remarkable not just for its innovative design but how well it is preserved. The Dow house, finished in 1941, is one of several mid-century landmarks in Midland that will open their doors from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the 36th annual Zonta Homewalk. This year’s walk will feature the work of four mid-century architects including Dow: Jackson B. Hallett, Francis Red Warner and Jason Schwartz. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the tour. To purchase tickets online, go to https://www.abdow.org.

Alden B. Dow House