American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 93 will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the post facility, located at 793 Crescent Beach Dr., from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
This year it will be an expanded event with more local vendors with their fabulous crafts. The auxiliary will have their bake sale: homemade candies, cookies, cakes, pies and their popular freshly made horseradish! The Soup Bistro will feature two delicious homemade soups (taco and split pea), with a roll. The bistro is a great spot to warm up, enjoy friends and savor great food.
Tickets will be on sale for the famous baskets. The drawing for the baskets will be at 3 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Basket themes this year are “Kids,” “Kitchen,” “Christmas,” “Seahawks” and a special dog basket in honor of veteran service animals. Raffle tickets will also be on sale at Island Market on Saturday, Nov. 24. All proceeds go to support veterans’ programs and local community programs.
The Artisan’s Faire will return to the Odd Fellows Hall for its 29th year the first weekend in December. The fair will run on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the spot to find some of the finest handcrafted gifts and gourmet food made on the island for everyone on your list. There will be food served downstairs by Delmi and her team at “Cocina Latina.” At around noon on Saturday, the fair will receive a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. All purchases will earn free raffle tickets for gift basket drawings at the end of the fair. You need not be present at the drawing to win one of these deluxe baskets, but you do have to come shop at the fair. Each year, the fair spreads the holiday spirit a little further by making a donation to a local charitable cause. This year the donation will go to April’s Grove, OPAL’s newest affordable housing project.
The sixth annual Children’s Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orcas Public Library.
All items are handcrafted by island children between the ages of 5 and 18. Come and check out a treasure trove of greeting cards; candles; hand-carved toys; felted and knitted wares; beach glass art; salvaged art; baked goods; sweet surprises; and so much more. Prices start at 25 cents with a maximum cost of $10. New this year, older children are invited to sell homemade hot drinks and food.
Interested youth vendors should contact Rachel Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 2 to reserve a table. Tables start at $5, and all fees go to support the Friends of the Library kid programs.