\u2018Plaid Friday\u2019 \u00a0 With more than 40 vendors set up and many people coming in to do some holiday shopping, Celebrate Shelton\u2019s \u201cPlaid Friday\u201d handmade market proved to be a success. The market was organized by Celebrate Shelton, a citywide initiative that works with local businesses and organizations within the community. \u201cThis was really created by the small business community, not \u2018Black Friday or anything related to the larger chains or stores. It\u2019s all about buying local and supporting our local artisans,\u201d said Jimmy Tickey, one of the three founders of Celebrate Shelton. With items ranging from homemade barbecue sauces and pies to artwork and photographs, all the way to products made from beehive products, the handmade market\u2019s new and returning vendors\u00a0aim to provide locals with a variety of quality items they no longer have to purchase at a big business. \u201cThere\u2019s just something special about buying something from a local small business, because not only are they part of our local economy and you are supporting them, but also then giving a gift that is unique and personal,\u201d\u00a0said Tickey. Celebrate Shelton has several other events planned for the holiday season. On Friday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m the organization will be holding its second annual Community Tree Lighting at Veterans Memorial Park. The event will feature a performance by Center Stage as well as a special appearance by Santa. Families are encouraged \u00a0to bring their own ornament to help decorate the tree. The Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley will be selling hot cocoa and baked goods. All proceeds will go directly to the club. The event is sponsored by city of Shelton, Valley Community Foundation, Center Stage Theatre, and Jones Family Farms. On Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 10 to 3, Celebrate Shelton will also be holding its holiday handmade markets, which will feature more than 75 handmade artisan vendors. Each week will feature different vendors.