Festival organizers get crafty with art marketplace | MukFest

By Nicholas Johnson | Sep 06, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Liz Myers, the Lighthouse Festival’s art booth chair, paints lighthouses Monday, Sept. 4, that will mark entryways to this year’s Mukilteo Marketplace. Various styles of lighthouses were built by Executive Director Marilyn Langdon’s son Kyle Langdon, a professional theatre set designer.

The Mukilteo Marketplace at the 52nd Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival is Mukilteo’s take on Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

This year’s market – with a “Light Up the Sound” theme – features 54 artists and artisans selling a variety of handmade arts, crafts, snacks and goodies. About half of the artists and artisans are new this year, art booth chair Liz Myers said.

“We like to have artists come back, but we also like fitting in some new ones,” Myers said, citing AWE Botanical Parfum, Julia’s Good Medicine and Candy Monster Books as new to the market this year.

“We have also brought in some local small businesses,” she said, citing Drake Designs and Lularoe Jessica Diment, both of Monroe.

The art booths – featuring art ranging from jewelry and fudge to photography and henna – are scheduled to run from 4-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Last year, the organizers opened up the market to artisan crafts, including biscotti, spices and dog treats.

“We’ve got people who make things for dogs,” Myers said, citing PupCakes, LLC or Granite Falls. “You wouldn’t find that at a typical arts festival, but you will at the marketplace.”

Last year, organizers also debuted the market’s first-ever Marketplace Awards contest. That continues again this year, except winners will receive ribbons rather than plaques. Prizes will be awarded to the booths that best follow the festival’s theme. Judges will include Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, Chamber President and CEO Julie Martin and Lighthouse Festival Board President Paul Salas.

Whereas last year’s market featured cleverly named streets such as Barnacle Boulevard and Lighthouse Lane, this year’s festival features five entry points, each of which adorned with two custom-made lighthouses of various styles.

“It’ll be a cute little market with flower baskets and lighthouses,” Myers said.

Myers and other volunteers helped decorate the lighthouses, which were built by Executive Director Marilyn Langdon’s son Kyle Langdon, a 2011 Kamiak High School graduate.

“We wanted to change it up so it’s not uniform year after year,” Langdon said, noting this year’s layout aims to maximize available space. “We keep growing and more and more artists want to have a booth in the park each year.”

Organizers also increased the number of entrances.

“We heard from people that we needed more entrances,” Myers said.

Mukilteo Marketplace shopping bags will be available for $1 each. A loading zone will be provided for shoppers who purchase artwork that can’t be carried onto a shuttle bus.

The following are 10 of the artisans that can be found at this year’s marketplace:

Last year, Simon Calcavecchia’s Candy Monster Books published The Adventures of Frank and Mustard: Stuck in the Mud. The children’s book is inspired by Calcavecchia’s own life experiences.

Calcavecchia became a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a rugby match in 2002. That lead him into working with children, which eventually inspired him to publish his first children’s book.

Vivid Experience sells a variety of soy candles and wax melts that are scented with essential oils. Scents available include pomegranate, clean cotton, blue spruce, grapefruit, hydrangea and coffee.

Brevin’s Solid Gold Fudge of Astoria, Oregon, offers 7-ounce bars of fudge in 37 flavors, including specialty flavors such as Maple Bacon, Egg Nog and Merlot, as well as spicy flavors such as Raspberry Chipotle, Pineapple Habanero and Hellfire.

TutuCute Shop sells tutus, hair bows, headbands, bowties and baby onesies. The company makes tutus of all sizes because they aren’t just for little girls.

Trilby’s BBQ Sauce and Spices offers its award-winning barbecue sauces, dry rubs, seasonings and dip mixes.

The company’s sauces are made in the Kansas City tradition – they are sweet, tangy and smoky with a bit of pepper to the finish. The owners cook the sauces in 30-gallon batches.

Beautiful Brims will have an array of versatile felted hats hand-knitted with 100-percent natural fibers that repel water, so they can be worn in inclement weather. The hats come in a variety of colors and styles, and range in price from $40 to $55.

Northwest Biscotti, LLC will have more than 20 flavors of the baked Italian treat, from almond to orange cranberry to white chocolate. Its tagline is “Not your grandma’s hard biscotti.”

Herrnon Crafts, LLC of Mill Creek offers wood-crafted wine stoppers, wine racks, bowls, lidded boxes, platters, shaving brushes and cutlery. All woodwork is made from exotic wood, and some of it is embellished with sea glass.

A Piece of My Heart by Sunny of Snohomish sells potholders, microwave potato bags and kitchen towels, as well as bowl and cup cozies.

Don’t know what a microwave potato bag is? It’s a quick-dinner staple for when you want to cook a potato in about 10 minutes. The bag keeps the moisture in while the potato cooks – and it’s washable and reusable.

Finally, The Seattle LEGO Users Group (SEALUG) has a special treat for festival-goers: a replica of Mukilteo’s historic lighthouse built entirely of LEGO bricks. Many hours of research, engineering and collaboration, not to mention some 10,000 bricks, went into this scale model that features a working lantern and interior lights, among other incredible details.

If that’s not enough, SEALUG will also display other LEGO creations, such as the Point No Point Lighthouse, the Maersk 3 container ship, Scooby Doo’s lighthouse, a 3-inch ferry, and a charming lighthouse ferry scene.

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