Music Lineup: SoWa Winter Festival

This year's SoWa Winter Festival is featuring live music by four incredible groups. Take a look. 

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Night Tree, Saturday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm - 4 pm. WGBH calls them "One of the most exciting roots-based music groups to emerge from the New England Conservatory in many years." The sextet of conservatory-trained musicians attracts dramatic attention not only for an abnormal instrumentation of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophone, percussion, voice, and the occasional viola and mandolin, but for a collective representation and incorporation of traditions from Irish, Classical, Swedish, Jazz, Klezmer, and Afro-Cuban music. Quite simply, they're a joy to watch. 

Songful Artists, Saturday 5 pm - 7 pm. Back for a second year, Songful Artists is passionate about keeping the arts alive. They specialize in holiday and year round entertainment in New England and New York. 

Sound Off, Sunday 12 pm - 2 pm. Formed in 2013, Sound Off is an award-winning semi-professional a cappella group based in Boston. They are young men and women from all different career fields brought together by an unabashed love for a cappella music and performance. While they perform regularly around the Greater Boston area, Sound Off continues to develop a diverse repertoire of modern pop with a soulful twist.

Alissa Musto, Sunday 2 pm  - 4 pm. Alissa Musto is an incredible pianist and singer. She began performing professionally at the age of 15, and has since performed around New England at venues including the House of Blues, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, the Massachusetts State House and the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, where she opened for jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. Listen to "Black Flak" from her debut album, “What We Saw From the Piano Bar.”

2017 SoWa Winter Festival Vendors

Discover the incredible gifts our 2017 SoWa Winter Festival vendors have in store. You'll find the best pesto you've every tasted at Lara's Cuisine, heavenly botanical perfumes by Thorn & Bloom, custom leather boots by Adelante Shoe Co., and so much more. Did we mention we'll have Christmas trees for sale? Various sizes available by Stow Greenhouses. Save our vendor map to your phone, and view our full alphabetical list below. 

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Keep it Local

We're proud to work with local businesses. This year, our friends at Blackbird Doughnuts will be back for the SoWa Winter Festival, along with sister company Banyan Bar + Refuge, whose cocktails will support our neighbors at the Haley House. That's something to celebrate.

Take a peek at Banyan's cocktail menu:

Painkiller
5 spice infused rum, orange, pineapple, coconut foam
Malaysian Mule
kaffir + lemongrass infused vodka, ginger, lime
Bengal Kitty
bourbon, black cardamom, cherry heering, lemon

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You'll also find Gaslight Brasserie du Coin serving mulled wine and raclette, a warm, melty cheese scrapped right off the wheel and onto your plate of potatos. Yes, please. 

Find 110 local vendors at the SoWa Winter Festival on December 2 & 3. 

SoWa Winter Festival Vendor Spotlight: Red + Wolf

Red + Wolf isn't your average stationary vendor. These eco-friendly greeting cards raise funds and awareness for the endangered species featured on each print.

Behind these charming watercolor illustrations is owner and artist Rachael, along with her trusty German Shepherd rescue, Chaco. Rachael's inspiration for the company is two-fold: aiding endangered species and preserving the art of the hand-written note. Not only is Rachael helping us stay connected, but she's doing an amazing job at helping preserve our planet and the creatures in it.

For every card or print sold, $1 is donated to The Wildlife Conservation Network. Find Rachael and her festival holiday line at the SoWa Winter Festival on December 2 & 3. 

SoWa Winter Festival Gift Guide

It's almost giving season. We're so excited to share a sample of what you'll find at the SoWa Winter Festival. Join us on December 2 & 3 to shop from over 100 of the region's best artisan and specialty food makers. Gifts marked with an asterisk* can be found at SoWa's brick and mortar shops, galleries, and artist studios. Stay tuned for a complete vendor list.

 

For the art lover

Stunning abstracts by Moss & Blue are available as canvass paintings and giclée prints. If you can't pick just one, pick up a calendar and admire a new art piece each month.

For the true New Englander

Designed for men and women, Hoist Away Bags are created from authentic retired sails. Each bag is truly one of a kind.

For the host

The Everyday Co's handmade dinner napkins feature a delicate, signature stitch and make the perfect gift for a host (left). Add a dessert cider from Carr's Ciderhouse and everyone will be glad you were on the guest list (right).

For the minimalist

Select an elegant vase with the perfect speckled design by MYRTH Ceramics

For your ROOMMATE

The best part about getting your roommate a gift is you can enjoy it too. We love these handmade rope baskets by MOkun (left) and playful holiday decor by HibouDesigns (right).

For the Chef

Select a stunning stone serving or cooking slab from American Stonecraft (left). Pair it with barrel aged maple syrup from Cask Force - our favorite is Kasai, a syrup with a spicy kick (right). Try it as a glaze on crispy brussel sprouts.

For the animal lover

Pup parents will love Lion + Wolf's colorful pet beds and bandannas (left). Add a handwritten sentiment on a card by Red + Wolf. $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network (right). 

For the history buff

Browse through the International Poster Gallery's* incredible collection of fine original vintage posters from every corner of the globe.

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For the sports fan

Fiber & Water screen prints on natural burlap. Choose from an assortment of designs and customize your purchase with your favorite frame. 

For the naturalist

We love The Cyprus Cabinet's gorgeous crystal jewelry (left). Ask the mother-daughter team about their healing gift sets. Pair this gift with a fragrant natural tea blend by Soluna Garden Farm (right).

For him

Skandle's geometric concrete vessels have the coolest marbled patters (left). Pick your favorite and add a succulent from The Happy Cactus. He'll also love Brothers Artisan Oil, a line of natural beard oils, lotions, balms, clay face masks, and more (right).

for her

Porcelain and Stone's hand-carved jewelry is paired with 22k gold and 14k goldfill metal (left). The striking designs are inspired by the New England coast. She'll also love a DeRoucheau Handmade Knitwear blanket - it's the coziest way to brave a Boston winter (right).

For the traveler

Hidden pocket scarves by Speakeasy Travel Supply (left) are convenient and stylish. Add a leather zipper pouch from Ash & Rose* (right) and your favorite jet setter will be ready for another adventure.  

For the vintage lover

The best vintage finds in Boston are in the heart of SoWa. You'll find treasures at Bobby from Boston* (left) and the SoWa Vintage Market* (right).

For the new parents

AguVivi's cotton baby blankets and pillows feature the sweetest prints perfect for any nursery (left). Browse through Simplemente Blanco* for toys and trinkets with an elegant touch.  

Join us at the SoWa Winter Festival to meet the makers and find a gift that speaks to you.

SoWa Spooktacular Costume Contest Winners

SoWa's Thayer Street was packed with monsters and superheroes on Saturday's Spooktacular event. We couldn't get enough of the costume parade. Check out the winners below!

1st Place: Edward Scissorhands

2nd Place: Jack and Sally Skellington

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3rd Place: Doctor Octopus

SoWa Open Market vendors got into the Halloween spirit, too!

1st Place: Lobster Fisherman, Fresh Lobster, and Lobster Roll by fiber & water

2nd Place: Paper Fish by powpaper

3rd Place: Marionette Puppet Theater by Blush Baking

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And last but not least, check out our four-legged winners!

2nd Place: Taco Bell

1st Place: Zero the ghost

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a spooktacular costume contest. Happy Halloween!

SoWa Vendor Spotlight: Herb Lyceum

After an incredible six months, the 2017 SoWa Open Market season is coming to a close this weekend, October 28 & 29. The SoWa Team is lucky to work with amazing vendors all season, including the Herb Lyceum.

Herb Lyceum

Our weekends simply would not be the same without the family farm led by David Gilson. Each Saturday and Sunday morning, the team arrives at the market with an abundance of fresh herb plants and vegetables, plus a variety of herbal products like tea, honey, and salt blends to spice up your cooking. Grab one of their homemade sandwiches around lunchtime for a quality fresh meal. If you are feeling extra peckish, add a yummy barley or white bean salad. 

On top of being SoWa regulars, the Herb Lyceum opens up their grounds as a space for special gatherings. Their property in Groton has a carriage house, a farmhouse, and plenty of outdoor space perfect for an anniversary event, a rehearsal dinner, or family reunion. To make the experience even better, their chef will do all the cooking while you relax on the beautiful grounds! If you want to pay them a visit, venture to their farm for a four course prix-fixe dinner any Friday or Saturday from April through October. Read more about the Herb Lyceum here.

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We are so lucky to have the Herb Lyceum at our market... and so are you! This year they will be providing pumpkins for the free pumpkin painting booth at this year's SoWa Spooktacular. Come on down and celebrate the end of this incredible season with Herb Lyceum and our many other fantastic artists, farmers, and food trucks! 

 

The final 2017 SoWa Open Market weekend takes place on October 28 - 29, 10 am - 4 pm.

SoWa's October Community Partner: Haley House

This October, all proceeds from SoWa Swag will support the Haley House, a local nonprofit neighboring SoWa. Check out the great work they do for the Boston community!

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What began with Kathe & John McKenna opening their home to men sleeping on the streets in 1966 has grown into a beloved multifaceted operation. Since 1966, the Haley House, named after Leo Haley,  has grown to encompass a soup kitchen, clothing room, and food pantry run by the live-in community,affordable housing, a Bakery Cafe, a transitional employment program, Take Back the Kitchen (a youth nutrition & cooking course), an urban agricultural program and more. By focusing their efforts on food's relationship with community, the nonprofit has broken down barriers between people, transferred new skills, and revitalized neighborhoods. 

The Haley House's South End Soup Kitchen at 23 Dartmouth Street is open six days a week and invites guests to enjoy healthy homemade meals made by passionate volunteers and dedicated members of the live-in community. Three times a week, the soup kitchen hosts Elder Meal and on Thursday mornings the kitchen distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to the neighborhood. The Haley House Bakery Cafe, located at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, often hosts evening events such as Community Tables which includes a three course meal priced at "pay what you can." At any Haley House event, everyone has a seat at the table. At any Haley House event, everyone has a seat at the table. 

None of this work would be possible without an incredible staff. The full-service Soup Kitchen is run by a community of like-minded people, who offer their time and presence in exchange for room and board. Additionally the Haley House is an equal opportunity employer, offering a transitional employment program for those coming out of incarceration. All staff members of the Haley House are dedicated to breaking down barriers that separate people in our increasingly polarized society. People in the Haley House community resist violence and injustice by taking direct action and promoting justice and peace through their own life choices. Together the staff shares friendship, space, and material goods provided by the generosity of others. 

The Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. 
— Haley House Staff

The Haley House is dedicated to helping those made vulnerable by the harshest effects of inequality move toward wholeness and economic independence. As a result of this mission statement, the Haley House is always expanding programming and looking for more volunteers. 

Want to get involved or learn more about the Haley House? Find additional information here

Purchase SoWa Apparel at our Info Booth on any Saturday and Sunday through October 29, 10 AM to 4 PM. On Saturdays find us at 450 Harrison Ave, and on Sundays find us at 500 Harrison Ave.  

 

 

SoWa Spotlight: Music and Art with Palaver Strings and Kingston Gallery

Haven't made any Sunday plans? Look no further.

Music and Art with Palaver Strings and Kingston Gallery will take place this Sunday, October 15th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm featuring a presentation by Palaver Strings amidst paintings by Julie S Graham and works on paper by Lynda Schlosberg. 

Kingston Gallery and Palaver Strings are both artist-run organizations with proven passion for their surrounding communities. Palaver's mission is to bring their music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences thereby encouraging discussion of social issues, promotion of education and healing, and inspiring community to support the arts. Meanwhile Kingston Gallery showcases a diverse range of contemporary New England art in a mutually supportive environment that encourages experimentation and growth. Each member of Palaver Strings, a Boston based string orchestra, is dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks while connecting with new audiences.

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The setting for the Palaver performance on October 15th at Kingston Gallery brings work by two gallery artists into the conversation and creates a multi-sensory experience for viewers. On view in the Kingston Main and Center Galleries will be Incidental Matters by Julie S Graham, canvases portraying improbable combinations of paint and color, geometric shapes, reclaimed materials, and inspiration from urban industrial areas. In the Project space will be Interwoven, works on paper by Lynda Schlosberg who with acrylic, gouache and graphite continues her exploration of working with an interconnected network of lines that undulate, and twist and turn, forming illusions of spatial planes that trace the movement of imperceptible energy.

Art Pieces

The SoWa team can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. RSVP to the event here for a unique and energizing afternoon at the Kingston Gallery. If you can't make it to this event, but would like to see the exhibit, stop by the gallery at 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 before October 29 anytime between 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Wednesday - Sunday. 

 

 

SoWa Spotlight: Leather Man Dan

With the start of fall officially under our belts, we're featuring SoWa Open Market frequenter and custom leather designer, Leather Man Dan! Stop by his booth to find the perfect accessory for the season.

Dan was first exposed to leather crafting in junior high school, but it wasn't until after ten years in the Air Force and twenty years in the corporate field that Dan finally had the time to settle into the leather craft business. We're so glad he did!

To create his beautiful products, Dan uses a round knife, hole punch, harness needle, and wood burnisher. By using full-grain leather and his own oil & beeswax finish, his products all reflect his love for the smell, look, and feel of the leather. His products have quickly charmed SoWa Open Market customers. Check out the photos below to see some of his most popular products! 

Dan is also passionate about supporting business in the U.S. His leather comes from Pennsylvania, his thread comes from Maine, his dyes come from Wisconsin, his wax & buckles come from Massachusetts, and his sleigh bells from Connecticut. We love his effort to source his materials locally and wish him the best with his blooming business. 

Come by the SoWa Open Market any Saturday and/or Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM before October 29 to find out what all the hype is about! 

When they’re here: October 7, October 8, October 14, October 15, October 21, October 22, October 28, and October 29.