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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday shopping is fun at a craft show

Doll dresses by Nancy Riley of Springfield on display at the Annandale United Methodist Church Craft Bazaar Nov. 9.

It’s holiday craft fair season, with local artisans and crafters showcasing their work at venues all over the Annandale/Mason area and beyond over the next few weeks. As you check off names on your holiday shopping list, how about searching for that one-of-a-kind, homemade gift rather than fight the crowds at the malls?

This Saturday, there’s a Christmas Bazaar at St. Albans Episcopal Church, 6800 Columbia Pike, Annandale. This event, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., features homemade items, toys, games, books, pressed flower art, candy, jewelry, baked goods, and “high-class white elephants.” Shoppers can purchase breakfast and lunch, and children can visit “Santa’s Secret Shop” and have their picture taken with Santa.

Next weekend, St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is having a juried craft show Friday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be about 35 exhibitors offering jewelry, fine arts, woodwork, fiber art, photography, paintings, pottery, pet accessories, stress relief items, holiday decorations, collectibles, and food. There is no admission charge.

Homemade gifts by Rosemary Purdue of Lincolnia at the AUMC Craft Bazaar.
An on-site café will serve lunch both days, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and dinner on Friday, 5:30-7 p.m. There will be a bake sale, too. Proceeds will support the church’s outreach programs. St. Matthew’s is at 8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

The huge 36th Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show at the Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park, Annandale, is the weekend of Dec. 7-8. The show will have pottery, woodwork, paintings, dolls, clothing, floral arrangements, edible gifts, glasswork, ornaments, and much more.

It’s open Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission is $2, free for children 12 and under. Door prizes will be awarded.

Can’t wait for a weekend? The Artisans United Craft Gallery in the Packard Center at 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale, offers a selective mix of ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, fiber art, and other creative items produced by local artisans. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m.

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