Artisan Market in Milford attracts thousands

Event organizer Jennifer Csedrik compliments artisan vendor Carlos Rios' work.

Event organizer Jennifer Csedrik compliments artisan vendor Carlos Rios' work.

The Milford Artisan Market, held on the Milford Green Saturday and Sunday, attracted thousands of happy shoppers and more than 80 happy artisan vendors.

“The City of Milford is thrilled to host great events like the Milford Artisan Market,” said Julie Nash, Director of Economic and Community Development. “Milford continues to be a destination for visitors and craftsmen alike, so the opportunity to showcase Milford and small business owners through this event is a win for all.”

Event organizer, Specialty Events LLC, marked their 5th successful outdoor market. “The market sees up to approximately 3,300 shoppers,” said Jennifer Csedrik, owner at Specialty Events. “We offer handcrafted artisan goods which includes everything from sculpture created from repurposed goods to hand painted apparel. Specialty Events supports local and small business and we work with so many talented artists who continue to show with us time and time again.”

“The Milford Artisan Market offers great foods, children’s activities including tattoos, sand art, face painting and magic shows throughout the two-day event,” added Csedrik. Additionally, goodies for the pet enthusiasts were offered, as were organic products, photography, delicious cuisine including lobster rolls, jewelry, pottery, household decor, Henna, gifts galore and many recycled, reclaimed and repurposed goods.

Specialty Events was founded in 2013 as a way to fulfill planning, management and the execution of large scale events including corporate occasions as well as outdoor festivals and markets. “We offer onsite management, planning, execution of events, event consultations, marketing, vendor/artist relations, staging and sound systems, talent/music bookings, security and government relations,” said Csedrik.

“This is my first time selling my deco mesh wreaths, I truly enjoy making these, they’re gorgeous,” said artisan Genny Proto, owner of Door Wreath Décor by Genny. “We make custom orders too, these wreaths are so creative and nothing like this is offered anywhere else around.”

“I live here in Milford and have been painting for 50 years and change,” explained artisan Carlos Rios. “I participate each year and enjoy talking with all the people at each festival.” Kimberly Irons, owner of Repurpose Me concurred, “We enjoy being out here on the Milford Green selling our products. We use things that would normally be tossed out; we repurpose metal and make it into characters and decorations. My husband (Jim Irons) dealt with scrap metal in his business and I always did arts and crafts, he is a self-taught welder since he was a young kid, so now we work together. We work with mostly metal which most people aren’t able to, due to the welding aspect. We love to see everyone smile when they see our things.”

Specialty Events partners with the Connecticut Food Bank and will host a Holiday Gift Show and Food Drive Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Oakdale Theatre. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the CT Food Bank. “We also work with the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter hosting an event in the month of May in Madison; we see many cats and dogs in new homes!” Csedrik said.

“Each year more than 20,000 artists and shoppers visit and enjoy our popup events in Connecticut. Folks shop our markets to find very unique items that you won’t find anywhere else, with more than 80 artisans present, there is always something for everyone.”