Senior Planet members are a group of entrepreneurs. We saw that at the Senior Planet Fashion Show in Chelsea, where the members showed their fashion flair and retail experience. Next came Seniors first book fair with members whose published books are being sold.
"This year's holiday fair has been a great success," says Aaron Santis, program director, New York. "It gave our entrepreneurial members the opportunity to showcase their wonderful products that they manufacture and sell. At the same time, all members were given the opportunity to buy unique gift items, some of which will be remembered, valued and used for years or decades to come.
Pearls and mixed media jewelery, handmade gift cards and bookmarks, silk scarves, ceramics, paintings, knitted accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves, and cloth handbags are examples of what will be available as a Christmas present. "Members appreciate the opportunity to find wonderful handmade items at the beginning of the season in the West 25 of the street of Senior Planet, which they can buy as a gift," says Santis. "For some, it's one-stop shopping!"
Here's a taste of some of the entrepreneurs and their goods, based on information available at the time of printing. See Senior Planet New York City on Dec 1
Marylin Silverman – Ceramist
For years Marylin Silverman was enchanted – her word – with sound and its many possibilities. In fact, she called her shop (fitting enough) Ceramic Hands. According to Silverman, her inspiration comes from nature, landscapes and movement – all of them images that guide her hands at work.
Silverman returns to this year's holiday fair, offering her a unique functional offering and sculptural ceramic creations.
Marian Goldberg – Pearl jewelery
The jeweler Marian Goldberg describes herself as a retired social worker, grandmother, chorister and volunteer helpline / lawyer. And now she is also a jeweler.
How did jewelry become part of her description?
It started as a hobby, says Goldberg. Thanks to the guidance and encouragement she received from Senior Planet, she was able to turn her rewarding hobby into her own little business: NYMamas beadwork. There is a Facebook web address: NYMamas beadwork.
Look for Goldberg's unique hand-crafted jewelry that is unique, eye-catching and sometimes playful at the Christmas Fair.
Brenda Baulkman – Visual Artistry  For Brenda Baulkman, photographing has been a hobby of choice for many years. What made photography so attractive? Baulkman says she enjoyed the hobby because photos share stories and bring communities together.
Photos that Baulkman has taken over a long period of time in various environments and that capture everyday life will be available at the Holiday Fair. You can select both single photos and 5-inch x 7-inch note cards, some of which are blank and some have messages.
Matha LeDuc – Artist
The longtime artist Martha LeDuc created paintings on paper in black and white and in color. While visits to Minnesota inspired works inspired by Midwestern scenes, she has always been intrigued by life in the Big Apple. It's no surprise that her specialty is to create illustrations of life in New York City.
The city is a constant inspiration to LeDuc's artistic muse, as shown in line art, paintings, and other illustrations on her website: https://www.marthaleduc.com. LeDuc's work can also be seen "personally" at the holiday fair.
Daryl Brook Kraus – Ceramist
One thing that is important to Daryl Brook Kraus: that the objects she makes use . For this reason, she describes her work as functional, handmade pottery and ceramic art. It brings a wide variety to the holiday fair that members can see and possibly buy as a gift.
Many more entrepreneurs will bring their creations to the holiday fair. If the sampling that we had, especially at the time of printing, is indicative, this year's show will be just as exciting and rewarding as last year's show. Do not miss it!
The Christmas Mass will be held on September 10, [10,661] on September 4, at the Senior Planet Exploration Center in Manhattan's Chelsea district (127 West 25th Street): 00 through 19:00 EST.