Saturday, October 4, 2003

Craft shows in the spotlight

Beechwood School, Oct. 18

For many years, one of the "can't miss" crafts fairs in Northern Kentucky has been at Beechwood School in Fort Mitchell.

Many of the show's artisans have developed loyal followings through the years. Plus, the show always introduces great new crafters with fresh ideas.

New this year: Kids Fest, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ann Haas

Gifts That Make a Difference, Dec. 4-6

I think I like the sale at the Sarah Center in Over-the-Rhine as much for its purpose as the items it sells.

The group provides the supplies and allows disadvantaged women to create artwork and make a small profit from the sale of their items.

I like being able to buy a gift that gives back to my community, as well as brings joy to the recipient.

Mona L. Bronson-Fuqua

Christkindlmarkt, Nov. 21-23

My favorite crafts fair is the Christkindlmarkt, put on by the Germania Society. Why? Live music and costumed dancers, imported Christmas candy, Gluhwein (hot mulled wine), St. Nikolas and Santa Claus, all under an enclosed, heated tent.

The festive atmosphere and unique German items really help get you into the holiday spirit!

Janice Morse

Lakota West crafts fair, Saturday

Lakota West High School's crafts fair is usually the first big craft show of the season. Each year, people line up long before the doors open.

I take my mother every year. We shop for hours, buying fall- and Christmas-themed sweatshirts, toys for her grandchildren, flower arrangements, handmade jewelry and knickknacks. We never leave without buying a big bag of hot, candied almonds.

Best of all, we bump into dozens of people we know or girls I went to grade school with, so it's a great place to catch up, and a pleasant way to spend a suburban fall Saturday.

Jennifer Edwards

Ryle High, Nov. 21-22

The Ryle High School craft show in Union is special because of its wide variety of vendors and merchandise.

In addition to the traditional Christmas crafts, the show featuresgarden- and nursery-oriented pieces, artwork, jewelry, florals and wood sculptures that make great finds year-round.

Michele Day

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