‘Tis craft fair season on Haida Gwaii

  • Nov. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m.

The holiday season is upon us! Get ready for a blizzard of bazaars and a flurry of fairs as the islands are about to get slammed with baked treats, artwork and island-made gifts.Get things started with the ‘Everything Sale’ at the Howard Phillips Community Hall in Masset on Sat. Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It has, you guessed it, a bit of everything. There’ll be crafts, baked goods and all kinds of new and used items. Vendor tables are still available for $15 each. To book, contact Shelagh at 626-3370.The Ground gallery and coffee house in Masset will host a handmade holiday market on Fri. Nov 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get cozy with a special seasonal beverage and browse island artwork, soaps, jewelry, photography, ornaments and more. The Queen Charlotte Christmas craft fair is a must-see, with more than 60 vendor tables chock full of islands woodworking, baking, candles, soaps, photography, knitting, stained glass, pottery, home-baked goodies, and more. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 29.Proceeds from table rentals will benefit the QC Community Club. Those interested in vending can contact Reine at 559-4792 to book a table.Swing by the Queen Charlotte visitor centre the same day to catch its annual artisan Christmas sale between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This sale is small in size, but very high in quality featuring artisans Barb Rowsell, Betsy Cardell, Debby Gardiner, Linda Rowbotham, Nancy Hett, Judy Hilgemann, Sheila Karrow, and Dianne King.There will be craft fairs at the Masset Legion on Sun. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with knitted items, jewellery, handi-crafts and more. Vendor tables are $10 each.With so many festive fairs happening on Dec. 6, ambitious islanders could embark on a Haida Gwaii driving tour, hitting multiple events in just one day.Masset’s fourth annual Christmas craft fair will take place Sat. Dec 6 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Howard Phillips Community Hall. In addition to holiday crafts, there’ll also be turkey soup and sandwiches for sale. To book a table contact Vanessa Bellis at 626-3646.Also in Masset that day, handmade and knitted goods will be available at the St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar at the green church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Port Clements’ community hall society will hold it’s annual Christmas craft fair and bazaar at the community hall on Sat. Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts, baking, and artwork will be on display, along with local representatives from Avon, Epicure, Partylite, Scentsy, and more. There’ll also be a loonie/toonie auction, raffle, and concession to benefit the community hall. Tables are $20 each and can be booked through Charleen at 557-4501 or charleen@obrienlogging.com.The Haida Heritage Centre is hosting a Very Kay Christmas from noon until 5 p.m. that day. The free, all ages event features games, holiday music, a photo booth, an ugly Christmas sweater competition, and even a visit from Santa. Festive food will be available for purchase from the Kay Bistro.For more information, to volunteer or vend, contact Michaela McGuire at gncpom@gmail.com or 559-0014.Finally, the annual Christmas gift fair at the Queen Charlotte community hall on Sat. Dec. 6 will feature items from crafters, artisans, and home-based business.Drop in between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for door prizes, gift browsing, and a concession by the Living and Learning School. Table proceeds go to the QC Community Club and can be booked at 559-8975.The following weekend, on Sat. Dec. 13, there’ll be a Christmas tea, bake sale and bazaar at the Skidegate United Church from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Baked good contributions are welcome. Entry costs $5 at the door.

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