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38 vendors at weekend artisan market, food drive

 

Thirty-eight vendors will participate in the second annual Artisans Holiday Market and Food drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at Seascape Regional Center, 98158 W. Benham Lane. 

“It was so well-received last year, that I doubled the venue,” organizer and glass artist Chip Moore said.

 

Jewelry, glass art, woodwork, leather, knits, paintings and chocolate vendors will all be present at the free event. About five of the vendors are from out of state, including one from Idaho who will bring special oil and balsamic vinegars.

Len and Violent Burton are one of the vendors.

They will sell Christmas ornaments and cards, framed artwork, welcome signs and appetizer trays, Violet Burton said.

“We’re artists, and we have gifts for everyone,” Violet Burton said. “We participated last year, and it was well-received. It’s a nice opportunity for people to help the food bank as well.”

She decided to return because it’s festive: “It was like a little Christmas village,” last year, Violet Burton said.

Lynette McPherson will also take part.

She will sell handmade wool socks, fingerless gloves and organic blackberry and marionberry jams.

“This is just my busy season,” McPherson said. “This is a good show for me. It’s the last show of the year. It’s a nice venue, and it’s very festive. It’s kind of an exclamation point to my year.”

McPherson participated last year as well. She decided to come again because it’s a good market and because it gives her an opportunity to see friends from Crescent City and Arcata, Calif.

Those in attendance will   also have a chance to listen to live entertainment, snack on comfort food and win raffle prizes. Children can enjoy a craft table as well. 

Coastal Tones barbershop quartet will sing from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and Lon Goddard and Aura Wright play from 12-4 p.m. both days.

The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater volunteers will sell Dori Blodgett’s award-winning chili as their fundraiser; Bakery by the Sea products and Bandon’s Best Kettle Korn will be present, too.

Shoppers who bring in two non-perishable food items for the Brookings-Harbor Community Food Bank will receive raffle tickets for a chance to earn prizes from vendors, Moore added.

“My goal is to double the amount of food donated to the food bank,” he said.

Last year, he received 450 pounds in donations. This year, he wants to tally 1,000 pounds.

Finally, there will be a children’s craft table with supplies for youth to make Christmas tree decorations and personalized Christmas cards, Moore added.

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