Time has rolled around again for our longest-running event: Winterfest!! Happening December 6 & 7 this year, 10 to 5 on Saturday, 11 to 5 on Sunday.
In celebration of this 20th annual event, we’ve got new vendors, new events, and many of the “standards” such as the yummy Jax Café offerings, our own Gift Shop will be open to expand your handmade gift-buying options, the supervised MakerKids Creative Lab (allowing Mom and Dad hands-free shopping), and one of the best opportunities to see friends and celebrate the holiday season with neighbors before we all snuggle in for the winter.
Among the new events will be Pictures w/Santa. Let your children or family members pose with our very own Santa Claus and get the moment immortalized in a digital print out. Also, this Winterfest marks the culmination of our First Annual Festival of Trees, where patrons of 40+ local participating businesses as well as visitors to Winterfest can BID TO WIN fully decorated, 3 ft. artificial holiday trees. Each one has been decorated differently by the staff of the business involved, and you can bid on the ones you like best to take it home for the holidays. Look here for the entire list of business-decorated trees available for your chance to win. During our 20th Annual Winterfest, all the trees will be at The Jax with their bid sheets, and bidding closes at 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 7. Personally, I want to win one of these beauties not for myself, but to give to a needy family for the holiday.
Among the new vendors with whom you will enjoy shopping for locally-made, unique gifts we have:
- Bimber Books and Design (Becca Imbur): Handmade artist books, with natural found objects and vintage materials
- Creations by Cecilia Riegert: PMC silver and copper jewelry with gems, and knitted hand-woven scarfs, shawls and blankets
- Aileen Fletcher: Landscapes and Escapes, color photography
- Hands on Pottery (Alicia Daily): Useful and functional stoneware decorated with horses
- Chris Lively: Functional wheel thrown porcelain (vases, cups, bowls, etc.)
- Marsiella Catanoso Ceramics: Functional ware with floral imagery and patterns, blue and white glazes
- Blue Mountain Elementary School: Hand-painted leaves by children
- Meredith Dean: Wire ornaments & jewelry with natural elements
- Inspired by Nature (Dale Murray): Lamps made with wood & stone
- Ella Zander: Jewelry and hand-painted decorated skulls
- Kim Washburn: Functional pottery
- Susan Saunders: Artistic face and body painting
- Cindy Reinhardt: “Candle Cakes” realistic looking candles
And many of our faves from previous years have signed up again and are looking forward to visiting with you:
- Blind Cat Studios (Aven Tanner): Earthenware potted plants, small sculpture and soap dishes
- Boyd Wood Crafts (Ricky Boyd): Wood bowls, spatulas, rolling pins, spoons and cutting boards
- Costello Sculpture (Michael Costello): Wood and stone kinetic sculptures
- The Dragonfly Farm (Ursula Ceballos): Soaps, lotions, body wash, bath bubbles, face and hair products
- The Family Jewels (Wilma Edwards, Denis LaRue): Variety of jewelry styles – gemstone beaded necklaces, hand sculpted wire cuffs, mixed media and altered art, vintage scrapbooks
- The Family Jewels 2 (Jessica Edwards): Hand knotted and crocheted beaded jewelry, leather and beaded bracelets, some polymer clay pieces
- Flashy Glass Creations (Joanna Huff): Decorative Stained Glass and Jewelry
- Floyd Market Collective: Soaps, lotions, teas, tinctures, knitwork, and jewelry
- Frog Hollow Pottery (Ron and Susan Sutterer): Functional porcelain and stoneware pottery
- Humane Society (fundraising)
- Jacksonville Center (fundraising)
- Sidra Kaluska: Fine ceramics, watercolors and jewelry
- Little River Designs (Andrea Marshall): Hand-crafted original jewelry, silver, gems and pearls
- Locust Grove Farm (Dan and Kirsten Vest): Pure local honey and beeswax candles
- Mary Hadden Clay Works: Whimsical handbuilt claywork: pottery, wind bells, bird houses, vases and wall hooks
- The Mischievous Carrot (Rhonda Withington): Upcycled cashmere and wool fingerless gloves, hats, scarves, etc.
- Barbara von Claparéde-Crola: German specialty bread (Dreschner Clinststellen), honey, jams and jellies
- Woodland Wonders (Penny Lane): Natural jewelry made from locally gathered fungi (earrings, necklaces, barrettes)
- Green Deva (Tara Orlando): All-natural skin care products
- Floyd Humane Society: Handmade pet toys and Christmas plants
Everyone involved in this special 20th year celebration hopes you’ll visit and shop, share a meal, and be excited about buying locally — whether it’s gifts from our talented friends and neighbors, or visiting one of the Festival of Trees businesses to shop for holiday food, gifts, or services.
Remember, the dollars you spend out of our community simply leave forever. On the other hand, the dollars you spend within our community circulate around and are accounted for 7 ADDITIONAL times among our friends, neighbors, local government, and businesses. It is important to our quality of life and economy for us all to begin that 7-fold circulation of our dollars in our beloved community.
Hope to see you there!