Arts and craft fairs, festivals begin
To work off those extra helpings of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie from Thanksgiving dinner, Nevada County residents can easily get their exercise Friday, Saturday and Sunday by walking through area arts and crafts festivals.
These festivals, traditionally held Thanksgiving weekend, also provide a jump on finding holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
The annual juried Artisans Festival at Miners Foundry Cultural Center will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Fine arts and crafts vendors will fill the Foundry rooms in addition to entertainment and refreshments.
Ludi Hinrichs, who has performed jazzy Christmas tunes, scat singing, piano and trombone at the festival for the past nine years, brings a new bag of musical treats to the Foundry’s Great Hall this weekend. He’ll be joined by blues and jazz vocalist-guitarist Jim Bratt on Friday, Sacramento bassist Tom Hanikel on Saturday and Stan Johnson on flute, sax, trumpet, vocals and guitar on Sunday. Paul Emery will perform in the Stone Hall all three days.
Admission is $2 general and free for children under 12. The Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.
Call 265-8625 for questions.
On those same days and hours, the also juried 18th annual Country Christmas Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds will feature works by more than 150 artists and artisans, strolling carolers, Sierra Symphony entertainment, hay wagon rides and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Merchandise includes handmade jewelry, wooden crafts, handwoven baskets, stained glass, candles and beadwork.
Errand elves from Clear Creek School will help shoppers and the Northern Mines Girl Scouts will provide free babysitting services.
Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12.
The fairgrounds is at 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.
Call 273-6217 or visit the Web at http://www.nevadacountyfair.com for questions.
In addition to these two large fairs, two Nevada City crafts fairs also are presented Friday through Sunday.
The annual Nevada City United Methodist Church’s Christmas Craft Faire and Sandwich Shoppe will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Handcrafted items, soup, sandwiches, and homemade pies will be sold to support the church’s ministries and community outreach programs.
The church is at 433 Broad Street, Nevada City.
Call 265-2797 for more information.
A few blocks away from the church’s faire is the annual Christmas Craft Fair at the Nevada City Elks Lodge on Highway 49. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
In addition, an open studio-sale by watercolorist Jessica Subotnik will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Nevada City. Subotnik’s studio, which features her vividly-colored and detailed still life paintings, is at 316 Jordan St. Call 265-4110 for more information.
To help ease traffic congestion during peak hours, fair visitors can park at the fairgrounds or at the Nevada County Government Center (Highway 49 in Nevada City) and ride free shuttle buses between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A free shuttle every 15 minutes will travel between the Safeway shopping area and the fairgrounds from noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Friday night service ties in to the first Cornish Christmas held in downtown Grass Valley.
Call 265-2692, 273-4667 or (800) 655-4667 for more information about any of these events.
For a sampling of items
featured at the Artisans Festival and Country Christmas Fair, see pages 10 and 11.
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