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Holiday heart: Locals show creativity, crafts

Nov 3rd, 2017 | Category: Community

Tis the season to start crafting and visiting holiday markets. Following are a few favorites this month!

Everyone who attends the Holiday Port Festival will get a chance to vote for their favorite contest entry. Categories : Youth 5 and Under, Youth K-3rd Grade, Youth 4th-8th Grade, Youth 9th-12th Grade, Family, Adult, Senior 65 or Older, Business / Non-Profit, Professional Baker / Caterer. The theme category for 2017 is NW Adventure. COURTESY PHOTO

Everyone who attends the Holiday Port Festival will get a chance to vote for their favorite contest entry. Categories : Youth 5 and Under, Youth K-3rd Grade, Youth 4th-8th Grade, Youth 9th-12th Grade, Family, Adult, Senior 65 or Older, Business / Non-Profit, Professional Baker / Caterer. The theme category for 2017 is NW Adventure. COURTESY PHOTO

The Holiday Port Gingerbread House Contest: Many make a tradition out of entering the annual gingerbread contest at the Port of Bellingham’s Holiday Festival, and ribbons are awarded for 1st – 3rd place in each of the contest categories. The deadline for submitting entry forms for the gingerbread house contest during the Festival is Tuesday, Nov. 28. Categories include: Youth 5 and Under, Youth K-3rd Grade, Youth 4th-8th Grade, Youth 9th-12th Grade, Family, Adult, Senior 65 or Older, Business / Non-Profit, Professional Baker / Caterer. The theme category for 2017 is NW Adventure. Anyone, of any age, and any group size, may choose to enter the theme category instead of one of the other categories.

Edible structures must be delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Some gingerbread houses will be auctioned off during the Holiday Festival Dec. 2-4 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. The event also includes a food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank.

Everyone who attends the Holiday Port Festival will get a chance to vote for their favorite contest entry, and the winner becomes the People’s Choice Winner. The People’s Choice Winner receives a ribbon and a donated prize. For gingerbread contest entry details, see portofbellingham.com/523/Gingerbread-House-Contest or call the Port at (360) 676-2500.

The Stocking Project: Ragfinery is hosting The Stocking Project on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. Anyone interested can bring material and sewing supplies to create a stocking to donate to a child or family in need this holiday season.  patterns and assistance will be provided, though familiarity with a sewing machine is necessary. Instructors Jeni Cottrell and Harold Niven will be on hand to help guide you. Stockings will be displayed at Ragfinery and the Firehouse Cafe in Fairhaven, then filled and donated to those in need by Northwest Youth Services, Interfaith Coalition and Opportunity Council. Registration is free, however please sign up at www.ragfinery.com, under the upcoming events and workshops tab.

Ragfinery’s Stocking Project offers anyone interested in bringing material and sewing supplies to create a stocking and donate to a child or family in need this holiday season. COURTESY PHOTO

Ragfinery’s Stocking Project offers anyone interested in bringing material and sewing supplies to create a stocking and donate to a child or family in need this holiday season. COURTESY PHOTO

Bow Farmers Market Holiday Festival: Local and specialty food vendors – 35 in all – will be on display Saturday, Nov. 11 at Beau Lodge, Bow. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy hot spiced cider, music, lunch. See bowlittlemarket.com.

Bellingham Farmers Market: The fun at the market continues Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square, through mid-December. Find local crafts, artists, specialty foods, produce, baked goods and more. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

Home for the Holidays: This selection of holiday gifts, crafts, food and more runs Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 16-18 at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale. See homefortheholidaysbellingham.com.

Anacortes Farmers Market Holiday Market: Get your holiday produce, stock up on your favorite vendors’ goods and find that perfect handmade holiday gift during this special two-day indoor event on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Warehouse, end of Commercial Ave., Anacortes (not the Depot). Free admission. See anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Mount Vernon Harvest Market: Saturday, Nov. 18. Join the indoor Harvest Market at the Carnation Building in downtown Mount Vernon. Visits can enjoy farm fresh produce, prepared food, artisan crafts, bread and baked goods, and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 117 N 1st St, Mt Vernon.

Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen: Cindy McKinney will demonstrate the creation of a wide array of gifts from the kitchen on Saturday, Nov. 18. Recipes including tangy honey mustard, bacon jam, scone mix, peanut butter cups, and a few quick candies. Space is limited; register online or by calling the library. The event takes place 11 a.m. at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 384-3647.

Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts: Starting Friday, Nov. 17 and running through Christmas Eve. Five-week long festival featuring the work of over 100 local artisans and crafts people at 4145 Meridian Street, Bellingham. Open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. For complete information see www.alliedarts.org.

Red Barn Handpicked Holiday Market: Hosted by Red Barn Market Events, this market is filled with over 50 handpicked vendors for you to browse and enjoy, including handcrafted, unique, vintage and repurposed. Hours are Friday, Nov. 17 noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 18 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St, Lynden. Admission is $3 and kids 12 and under are free.

Gardenview   Montessori   presents   the   11th   Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400   Larrabee   Avenue,   Bellingham from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring   local   artist   and   crafts vendors,  a  silent  auction,  bake  sale  and  activities  for  children. Food from Pizzazza between   11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free   admission. Free   ticket   at   the   door   for   each   child   to   use   for   a   kid’s   craft,   kid’s game   or   kid’s   raffle   entry. Visit   the   event’s   website   at   www.gardenviewbazaar.com   for   more   information.

The 19th annual Kale House Art and Craft Sale will be Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 17-18 and 24-25. The show includes ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, paintings, mixed media, and décor for home and garden, all artistically displayed and sold throughout the 1920s era home. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 201 Kale Street, Everson. See kalehouse.net or visit the Facebook page.

There are many more amazing local giving and craft events out there. Have fun!

For more listings, see the events calendar. To submit event info, e-mail editor@grownorthwest.com.

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