Weekend of crafting fun
Rotary Clubs crafting and holiday sale
The Rotary Club of Gananoque got into full swing as it presented its 31st annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Gananoque Intermediate Secondary School.
Running Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it provides a building teeming with vendors whose sole purpose was to make sure you found exactly what you want most whether as a gift for yourself or for someone else.
With the holiday season fast upon us, it brought in vendors representing different companies and manufacturers who were not the usual artisans, crafters and micro- businesses. A new concept in 2015, the idea has taken off and people are delighted with the opportunity to purchase items in a public venue which would normally only be available at private in-home parties and presentations.
“The Rotary Club must be doing something right over the last 31 years for each year we see continued growth indifferent areas of crafts,” said Emily Bell, member of Rotary and driving force behind the sale.
Included were hand crafted whimsical fairy houses, fairy garden wands and lanterns, hand carved decoys, a wide variety of dolls and doll clothes, puzzles and toys, and a wide assortment of handmade bath, beauty and body care products to soothe the soul.
Wood lovers could find furniture, signs, art, benches and products from reclaimed wood. Jewellery, silver, crystal, lockets and charms were available to add sparkle to the season.
Leggings, dresses, leather, quilted items, spices, cookware, nutrition products, baby gifts, jeweled candles and glass art were all there for the discerning holiday shopper. Holiday décor was everywhere – wreathes, tree ornaments and endless ideas for dressing up your home – as well as home baking, Christmas cakes, jams, jellies and the ever popular “peanut lady”.
“While the majority of vendors are fromour surrounding area, we continue to see more and more vendors as far as Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa offering diversified items,” said Bell. “The arts and craft show is always a great place to start your Christmas shopping with something for everyone.”
Two interesting vendors which really caught the imagination this year were Don Jabokwoam and Gretchen Huntley.
Jobokwoam made glistening beaded dream catchers in a dazzling array of colours, guaranteed to keep nightmares away.
Huntley, of the “Get Well Gang”, had brought her new line of “warm fuzzies” – little stuffed creatures to cuddle their way into anyone’s heart. All money raised from the sale of warm fuzzies goes directly to supporting the Get Well Gang who have produced and given away over 23,000 hats to cancer victims throughout Canada.
A new twist this year was a table of hand decorated birdhouses by Rotary members themselves. Each one was different and unique, with every dollar from their sale going to provide Christmas baskets to the local community. The basic bird houses were donated to the club for decoration by member Judy Froelich.
Again this year, Baldree’s No Frills has created an elaborate food basket filled with amazing goodies. They donated this to the Rotary to be raffled off during the Crafts Sale. An always popular part of the event, the basket is on display throughout the sale with the draw usually taking place on the Sunday afternoon.
Money raised at Rotary events goes back into the local community in many different ways. Every time you see the Rotary wheel on a building or sign in Gananoque, you know that this is another place where that money is working for you. The Club continues to work on special projects, always striving to improve life for everyone in the area.
“The rotary club has worked hard to offer displays of over 100 vendors with many of them new and enticing,” said Bell. “The rotary club of Gananoque always looks forward to seeing you at the Christmas Arts and Crafts Show and Sale. Supporting your local crafters helps keep our hard earned money in our community.”
Johan Schaap was in charge of selling raffle tickets for the grocery gift basket donated by BaldreeÕs No Frills.
Charlotte Benn, 5, of Kingston loved the crocheted toys.
The Gananoque Rotary Club decorated and sold birdhouses to raise funds to provide Christmas Baskets to people in the Gananoque area.
There's always room for dessert Rotarians Carolyn Knight, Joanne Merkley and Gwen Hundrieser ran the canteen table.
Chris Bickerton helped Gretchen Huntley with her warm fuzzies at the Rotary Christmas Craft Sale held at GISS on Saturday, November 2. All proceeds from this project go to the GetWell Gang, a group that provides knitted and crocheted hats to victims of cancer.