Fans of American hand-made crafts and work are in luck this weekend as the Wilton Historical Society hosts the 2013 American Artisan Show Saturday and Sunday Nov. 2-3, with a special preview party on Friday evening, Nov. 1. The Artisan Show, held at the Society’s historic five-building site, will feature an amazing group of 30 artisans from around the country, selling furniture, pewter, redware, paintings, folk art, pottery, baskets and much more.

While this is the 28th year the Historical Society hosts a fundraiser event, it is, however, the first year the show itself will be held at the Wilton Historical Society. The show highlights the arts, crafts, and designs which have been part of fine American work since the eighteenth century. Craftsmen include Heidi Howard, maker and painter, Hoffman and Woodward furniture, and miniature framed quilts by Kathi Radcliffe.

The show, celebrating the Society’s 75th anniversary, will kick off with “The 75th Anniversary Preview Party” on Friday, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.. Tickets for this evening are $75.00 and attendees will have the first opportunity to see and purchase goods. There will also be a silent auction along with fine hors d’oeuvre and specialty drinks from the Schoolhouse Restaurant. Each artist has been asked to contribute an item for the silent auction. All proceeds directly benefit The Historical Society and its efforts to preserve Wilton’s History.

The show will run Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11-4 p.m.. Tickets on both days cost $5.00. For additional details, visit the Artisan Show website or the Wilton Historical Society’s website, or call the society directly at 203.762.7257.

The Wilton Historical Society, at 224 Danbury Road, established in 1938, is dedicated to preserving the history and character of Wilton. Its mission is to help the Wilton community discover the past, enlighten the present, enrich the future, and enjoy its heritage. The Society has preserved 17 building from the 18th and 19th centuries, including the five buildings on the Society’s site that make up the museum. The Society’s toy, tool, and train collections feature some of the finest historical toys, tools, and trains in New England.