By Joseph Friedrichs

Pilot staff writer

Next to a tower of her handmade stained glass creations, Lin Honigsberg couldn't keep the smile from her face.

Honigsberg, who runs InnerLight Works in Harbor, was a vendor at the Community Christmas Bazaar in Brookings Saturday.

As the sea of seasonal shoppers examined the crafts on her table, Honigsberg exemplified the portrait of an artist: an experienced designer still graced with the passion of a child on Christmas morning.

The 36th annual Community Christmas Bazaar featured crafts from about 100 vendors at Brookings-Harbor High School.

There was a tremendous turnout for the bazaar this year, said Vangie Andreason, the chair of the bazaar. Approximately 1,000 people attended, she said.

Andreason said she knows of at least one person who sold out all the items they brought to the bazaar.

andquot;I didn't talk to anyone who didn't do well,andquot; she said.

The bazaar received cooperation from Mother Nature this year, as outstanding weather christened the skies of Curry County that day.

andquot;I'm glad the weather cooperated today,andquot; Honigsberg said. andquot;It's absolutely beautiful out there.andquot;

Shoppers traveled from both near and far to take advantage of some early season shopping.

Bev Kelley traveled from Jacksonville to attend the bazaar.

andquot;We've been having a good time,andquot; she said. andquot;There's so much to take in.andquot;

The bazaar has been kicking off the holidays in Brookings since 1969. This year the bazaar was sponsored by Brookings Nite Extension Group, all members of the Family Community Education.

Items available this year included wind chimes, sea kelp baskets, photos, scarves and jewelry, in addition to many others.

Laurie Shine, an artist from Hiouchi, Calif., participated in her sixth bazaar this year.

andquot;Everyone is so happy this year,andquot; Shine said. andquot;It must have something to do with the weather.andquot;

Shine said this year ranked as one of the best all-around bazaars she has ever participated in.

Andreason believes everyone who participated in the bazaar had an enjoyable experience.

andquot;I think everyone seemed happy and pleased,andquot; she said. andquot;It sounded like everyone wants to come back next year.andquot;


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