Handcrafted angel ornaments

Cornucopia necklace by Chris Lann

Watercolor of France by Stephen Lloyd

19th Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair

On Gallery Walk night, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. in The River Garden (157 Main St., Brattleboro), children from throughout Southern Vermont and New Hampshire are coming together to sell their handmade creations during the 19th Annual Children's Holiday Craft Fair. Shoppers are encouraged to browse the wide range of one-of-a-kind items being offered that could be found only in a creative setting fueled by a child's imagination.

Kids selling their crafts

"Kids are so delighted by the experience of sharing and selling their crafts," one parent noted. "Each year, I am inspired by the quality, ingenuity, and dedication."

When asked what she likes most about the Children's Craft Fair, Emma, age 10, said, "I like looking at other people's tables, and I like people looking at my crafts and admiring them—even if they don't buy them."

Sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers, Oak Meadow, and the Putney Area Homeschool Group, this annual event was inspired by Claudia Teachman and Tim Ellis almost twenty years ago. It encourages children to work with their hands, learn project management skills, put mathematics to use, and explore their creative self-expression. Teachman shared, "In addition to all that children learn by participating in the fair, it offers a firsthand experience of seeing that there are other options than simply going to work for somebody else in order to survive in the world."

This year's offerings include blank books, handmade soaps, terrariums, lavender sachets, organic pizza, handmade cards, pottery, t-shirts, beeswax candles, wool gnomes, candleholders, peppermint lip balm, herbal sachets, hand-painted and monogrammed holiday ornaments, felt-and-pine-cone owls, a holiday-themed coloring book, mini chalkboards, handwoven checker sets and tic-tac-toe sets with matching handmade porcelain pieces, a variety of wooden games, jewelry, knitted infinity scarves, acorn mice, and much more!

And, if you are strolling through downtown for Gallery Walk and want just a little sweet something, you'll find a variety of regular and gluten-free cookies, bars, brownies, muffins, gingerbread, popcorn, and desserts to choose from at our Bake Sale. All proceeds from the Bake Sale help defray costs involved with the event.

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