Holiday gift ideas in abundance at craft shows

Sun-Star correspondentNovember 29, 2012 

— For those looking for unique or handmade Christmas gifts, craft shows typically have a wide variety of items.

The Soroptimist International community service organization will once again hold its annual Christmas Craft Show in Mariposa, today and Saturday. Three buildings at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds will hold crafts and artwork from Central California and Sierra Nevada artisans.

Karen Verdugo said 85 craft vendors will display their handmade wares for purchase this year. Handmade crafts include pottery, metal art, photography, aromatherapy, painted objects (glass, saws, bird houses), items made of alpaca fiber and foods, such as jams, candy and kettle corn.

The Soroptimists will be cooking something special for lunch in the Country Kitchen Cafe.

Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Door prizes and a raffle will be held. Parking and admission are free.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Funds raised from this event go back into the community through student scholarships and service projects. The Soroptimists' goal is to improve the lives of girls and women in local communities and throughout the world. For more, call Karen Verdugo at (209) 742-4680.

Mariposa's Holiday Craft Fair will be held Dec. 7-9 at the American Legion Hall. Hours for this event are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

The fair is hosted by the Yosemite & Mariposa Crafters Guild. This intimate group of creative individuals began meeting 27 years ago.

Although this group of crafters is small, this event draws folks who look forward to it every year. Hand-carved cedar ornaments, beaded jewelry, plus knitted and crocheted apparel top the list of sought-after items.

The hall is at 12th and Bullion streets. For more information about the fair or the guild, call Janet Shoff at (209) 742-6062.

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothills communities. She can be reached at composed@tds.net.

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