Hartford residents offered special holiday shopping opportunity

December 12, 2013 by  

Hartford residents looking for unique gifts and a special shopping experience can have both, as a Holiday Shopping Fair is taking place in the Old State House.

The fair is has been taking place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for the last two days in the courtroom of the statehouse, and reaches its final day today. A juried event, the Connecticut-based craftspeople are offering handmade, high-quality products.

Among the many items on sale are treats for cats and dogs, preserves and jams, trivets, puzzles, pottery, Christmas ornaments, homemade breads, hand-knitted scarves, and hand-screened T-shirts, meaning that there should be plenty of variety to appease everybody on the Christmas list.

Connecticut has had two capitals, New Haven and Hartford, but the Old State House is the only surviving state capital building. Completed in 1796, it was the site of many debates that affected the history of the nation, including the beginning of the campaign for women’s rights. It was also the scene of the Amistad hearings about slavery; an event familiar to many people because of the film. The building also houses an intriguing display of Hartford historical artifacts, such as an early fire truck and Mark Twain’s bicycle. A Museum of Curiosities is here as well.

In future years, Holiday Fair organizers could work with flyer printing experts to create a flyer for distribution by hand, calling attention to the event and letting people know of the range of items it showcases.