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Pines Community Center kicks off the holiday season with annual craft fair



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Terri McCormack represented Squam Lake Pup Treats, LLC, at the Pines Community Center Craft Fair on Saturday, selling clever yet delicious treats for both dogs and cats. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
November 07, 2018
NORHTFIELD – The Pines Community Center hosted its annual craft fair last weekend with nearly 40 vendors and craftsmen on hand to provide not only a great start to holiday shopping but an opportunity for people to pick up some home décor and culinary delights for the season, too.

Among the many items this year were beautiful Eco-Art scarves, creatively crafted from the imprints of leaves. There were also hand carved wooden kitchen utensils, note cards, pottery, lots of fine jewelry, and great bathroom spa products available.

On the culinary side, Life's Little Pleasures had tempting homemade soup, pancake and dip mixes, while Tastefully Simple had their own supply of easy-to-prepare food mixes, spices and even some tasty mojito mixes. There were also tables with plentiful supplies of jams, honey and apple butter from local kitchens to go along with any meal.

Potholders, placements, clever stone cactus gardens, antique bottle wall hangings and candles were also available to spruce up any house. For holiday décor there were lots of Santas, snowmen, Christmas Countdown refrigerator magnets and other ornaments as well.

Yet another booth gave women the chance to look great for the holidays, too, with a line of Lu La Roe leggings, dresses and fashion accessories.

And for the young or young at heart, Wibbly Wonders brought clever fiber crafted items, such as a sturdy, knitted doll with removable clothing and diapers, and even a handmade large sea turtle with three eggs and baby turtles that could be tucked inside the mother for storage.

It wasn't just all for people though. Some vendors preferred to focus on the four-legged family members. Squam Lake Pup Treats, LLC had clever and delicious gifts for not only the dogs but also the cats in the household, including fun "gumball" dispensers for treats. Another booth invited all cat owners to stop by and pamper their feline friends, while a third vendor offered handcrafted birdhouses, including unusual hummingbird houses that drew a lot of interest.

Lending their assistance to make this year's craft fair a success were members of Winnisquam Regional High School's Class of 2020, many of which are also members of the Rotary's Interact Club.

The students spent last Friday night helping set up tables in rooms on both levels of the community center then were back again bright and early Saturday morning. They greeted people at the door, sold 50/50 raffle tickets and invited girls and boys to take part in a stamp hunt challenge to win chances for a drawing of the many donated prizes up for grabs that day.

"They have been such a big help! They also set up a table of their own, selling scarves to raise money for the class," said Brittni Stewart, the director of PCC. "We'll be giving a portion of the proceeds today to them and the rest will help support programs here at the community center."

Stewart added that the fair has proven year after year to be a great community event, attracting people who have never visited the center before.

"It's been a nice way to meet new people and show them all the programs we offer here at The Pines," she said.

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