Craft fair a great event for the holidays

Edited: December 1, 11:21 a.m.

By Meg Olson

The Christmas Craft Faire is growing this year, adding an evening reception to raise funds for Circle of Care.

While the main event will run Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a sneak peak benefit on Friday, December 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“You get first pick of all the wonderful things vendors have to offer and you are supporting a great cause,” said organizer Jessica McVey. Affiliated with the Whatcom Council on Aging, Circle of Care is a non-profit group whose mission is to organize volunteers and professionals to provide home care services that will allow local seniors and families in need to stay in their homes.

For a $10 donation those attending the Friday benefit evening will also enjoy a glass of wine, a selection of gourmet cheeses, door prizes and music by Shaune Ann Feuz.

The fair itself brings together a selection of local artisans and crafters selling everything from soap to scarves: personal care products, fiber arts, photography, jewelry, holiday décor and maybe even personalized mugs. There are still vendor spots available and interested parties can contact McVey at

Always a highlight of the annual fair, the raffle promises to be filled with prizes from local businesses and residents. Donors can drop their contributions off at Auntie Pam’s Country Store. The raffle draw will be on Sunday at 2:30 but you don’t need to be present to win.

Santa will be putting in an appearance both days of the fair, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The first 35 children to come and visit will get special holiday goodies. He will also attend the Friday night benefit.

On Saturday at noon Nancy Herzberg will present a Qigong demonstration.

Circle of Care will be selling lunch for the days of the fair, offering healthy home-cooked meals and offering vegetarian and gluten free options. The group is also selling holiday door swags at the faire and by special order. To order or to volunteer to help with the food for the craft fair call 945-5222.

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