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Annual Greenwich holiday boutique opens Friday

November 10, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — People looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping will have a chance at The Woman’s Club of Greenwich’s annual holiday boutique.

The boutique opens on Friday at the club’s headquarters on 89 Maple Avenue. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization. Two floors of vendors will be open for business at the event, which has free admission and will run Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The boutique is Greenwich tradition dating back more than 25 years. Items on sale will include leather goods, jewelry, handmade scarves, pottery, candles and other gifts, including food and gifts for pets.

“This is probably our best curated show ever,” said Susan Franco, a club member and vendor co-chairman for the boutique. “We have vendors coming in from all over the tri-state area and beyond.”

“For what you find here from our vendors you would have to pay triple if you found it at a store,” said club member Heather Gage Brower.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for more than 50 prizes and “Grandma’s Kitchen” will be open serving home-baked goods, candy and other foods for the holiday season.

The boutique is the club’s main fundraiser for the year, along with its annual Appraisal-mania event in the spring.

“Every cent we raise is going to go back to the community through scholarships and charities,” Franco said.

Local agencies that will benefit will include Call-A-Ride, the Greenwich Campership Program, the Greenwich Scholarship Association, River House Adult Day Center and the Greenwich Audubon Society, Brower said.

The Woman’s Club helped found Meals on Wheels, Utilize Senior Energy, Community Chest (which became the United Way) and other community organizations. Brower said community support is vital, adding income from tax-deductible donations, memorial contributions and bequests help fund charitable work and scholarships from the club.

“The Woman’s Club is an organization that has founded the cornerstones of the community,” Brower said. “We hope to have the community’s support for this event. If they continue to support us, we will be able to continue to support the community.”