Holiday craft fairs abound in coming weeks
Planning ahead can help ease holiday crunche
The holidays are just six weeks away, yet many are not ready to deck the halls or fill stockings or gift boxes of any sort. But a host of upcoming craft and artisan sales this weekend and in coming weeks could help easy the holiday rush.
t can be difficult to find that perfect but unique gift in our consumer based society, so a hand-made and often one-ofa-kind item can be just the ticket. With that in mind, shoppers may want to take note of the following craft sales, all offering free admission and a host of goodies:
The 7th annual Christmas Artisan Sale will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nov. 17 & 18 at Whitlock Golf & Country Club, located at 128, côte Saint-Charles, in Hudson. Organizers say the event will showcase the diverse works of more than 30 artisans working with such materials as silk, feathers, chocolate, glass, clay, leather, jewels, silver, and more. A raffle will benefit local charities. For information, contact Nancy Hagberg at 450 424-2099, or go to the webpage at www.nancyhagberg.com.
Meanwhile, the Home & School Association of Edgewater Elementary School will host the Edgewater Artisan Fair
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Nov. 17, at 220, boulevard Cardinal-Léger in Pincourt. Billed as “one stop holiday shopping,” the event promises a variety of beautiful crafts, delicious baking and something for each member of the family. Lunch will also be served. All proceeds to enhance learning through the purchase of resource books, outdoor and indoor equipment, and more. For more information, call Pauline at 514 425-6461.
The St. Mary’s Sewing Circle Holiday Bazar will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17, in the Parish Hall, Como, located at 261, rue Main, in Hudson. Visitors are invited to arrive early for coffee and muffins and famous chicken pot pie. Other treats available will include Christmas puddings, and cakes, as well as many other baked goods. There will be a sewing table, a plant table, and an Attic Treasures table. A gift basket draw will also take place. All are welcome to attend.
Finally, the St. Thomas Aquinas Arts and Craft Sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Reid Hall, located at 413, rue Main, in Hudson. Visitors will find hand-made decorations, knitted items for people of all ages, cushions and aprons, and many other items. In addition, many freezable baked goods will be sold at the bake sale table, while ticket for the traditional Gourmet Basket will also be sold. All proceeds will go to local charities. For information, call Linda at 450 451-6245, or Lise at 450 458-0364.
The Westwood High School Craft Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the Westwood Jr. High School campus, located at 2800, rue du Bordelais in Saint-Lazare. The community event, always a popular stop on the craft sale circuit, will boast a gym full of hand-made crafts including fine jewelry, knitted treasures, hand-sewn items, decorations, ornaments, and more. Organizers are known for their “mile-long” raffle table, while a gently-used book sale is a great way to stock up on a some holiday reading material. There will also be a bake sale and coffee will be served.
And Galerie Le Botryche in Rigaud will host L’Art en cadeau at 2 p.m. on Nov. 25. Organizers say the event will feature crafts, fine art, pottery, walking sticks, hand-crafted rocking horses, antiques and collectibles, and more. Le Botryche is run by members of Les amis et amies de la culture de Rigaud, a non-profit organization for artists and artisans of the region. Galerie Le Botryche is located at 19, rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, in Rigaud. For information, call 450 451-6583, or go to www.amisculturerigaud.com.
The Leading Ladies, a group of local entrepreneurs, will host Winter Wonderland Shopping Extravaganza from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, at St. James Hall, 642, rue Main, in Hudson. The event will bring together under one roof many popular home sale items including Partylite, Epicure, Lee-Ann Lynn Jewelry, Empanadas, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Tupperware. There will also be unique hand-made aprons, art work, home decor, interior design and home staging services, pet grooming services, gift baskets, catalogue orders, samples, raffle tickets, and more. Admission is free.