Week­end of craft­ing fun

Ro­tary Clubs craft­ing and hol­i­day sale

The Gananoque Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - LOR­RAINE PAYETTE

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.”

LOR­RAINE PAYETTE/ FOR POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

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.

LOR­RAINE PAYETTE/ FOR POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

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.

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