There aren’t any truly slow times at the Denman Christmas Craft Fair, but there are times that are less busy than, say, Saturday morning, when the crowds can make the scene worthy of a CBC rush hour traffic report from Vancouver: “Expect delays over by Gordon Hutchens, and the left lane is slow by the kids’ table. There’s a stalled group over in the Activity Centre by the candles, so you might want to consider heading left when you get past Fireweed’s table.”
Many fair-goers love the heady atmosphere created by the concentration of people, but others prefer more space. Fair organizers have widened the aisles, which helps, and now they’re offering a tempting prize for people visiting in the slower times: a free raffle for anyone entering the doors between 2:00 and 4:00 both days. The prize is a selection of stocking stuffers made by Craft Fair vendors.
“There are always so many great stocking stuffers on sale at the fair,” says Fair Coordinator Autumn White. “That makes this a fun way to even out traffic a bit.” She defines “stocking stuffer” as a relatively small item priced at around $20.00 or less. These don’t necessarily need to be stuffed into anything, she points out—they make great gifts for many occasions.
“You could buy eight little gifts, one for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah,” says Fair Media Coordinator Laura Busheikin, who celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter solstice. “And I always buy a bunch of small gifts at the fair to keep on hand throughout the year for hostess gifts and other tokens of appreciation. I love having a drawer full of candles, soaps, needle-felted creatures, shiny things, and more, on hand to give away as needed.”
Some highlights from the prize package include:
- Cozy felted insoles and a do-it-yourself needle-felting kit from Christine O’Neill
- Tiny ceramics pieces, including an aqua-blue mini-vase by Shirley Phillips and a delicately flowered hand-painted bowl by Patti Willis
- Body products, including gently-scented soap from Laura Pope and menthol foot and chest rub from Three Corners Naturals.
There’s also jam, salve, a change purse, an adorable tomato-themed knitted cap, a bag of Cream of Earl Grey Tea, and more. Look for the raffle entry boxes at the main doors of each hall. Please enter only once per day. The draw will take place Sunday at 4:00 and winners will be notified right away.
Now in its 38th year, the Denman Craft Fair features over 80 artisans from Denman and further afield. Nov 30 & Dec 1, 10 – 4:00. It’s free, and there’s a shuttle from the Denman West ferry terminal, so tell your friends to walk on. As usual, a variety of delicious lunches and snacks will be available, created by local cooks and farmers.