WELLFLEET — A new Makers Market appeared on the grassy strip in the middle of the Mayo Beach parking lot last Thursday, to the delight of people who happened upon it on their way to Wellfleet’s favorite in-town bayside swimming spot.
“The response we got was just pure joy,” says Deirdre Oringer, the jewelry maker who organized the market. “It’s fun, fun energy.”
Oringer will be assembling 10 artisans at this harborside spot every week from now through Sept. 1, each showing skillfully crafted goods including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and baskets.
Most of the participating artisans work on the Outer Cape, says Oringer. “I’m excited to show off the local wares,” she adds. She has organized similar markets across the Cape for years, she says, but is especially thrilled to get this one off the ground in her hometown after two years of making plans that kept getting delayed by the pandemic.
SPAT — Wellfleet Shellfish Promotion and Tasting — the nonprofit behind the town’s OysterFest, is sponsoring the market. Proceeds from artisan booth fees will be donated to SPAT’s grant and scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to Nauset High School graduating seniors who plan to study aquaculture.
The Wellfleet Makers Market will be at Mayo Beach every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Sept. 1.