Upcycled tin can lanterns by Cari Darner.

Holiday fairs this weekend: Odd Fellows Artisan Faire and American Legion Holiday Bazaar

Odd Fellows Artisans’ Faire

Odds Hall will bustle with 40 talented island artisans, gift baskets for raffle, and the tantalizing aromas of hot food for sale wafting up the stairs.

“We’ve got several new artists joining us, plus many of our old standards,” said organizer Carol Anderson. New this year are Suzanne Olson’s kids’ toys and furniture; Carla Stanley’s new children’s book; and wool products Jennifer Pietsch has made from her own alpacas. Cari Darner will sell upcycled tin can candle lanterns she has flame-burnished with designs.

“Old standards” will include Christina Orchid with her famed Red Rabbit line of gourmet jams and sauces – “Some of the best jams on the planet!” enthuses Anderson.

Susie Shipman will again offer rustic handcrafted leather journals; Flo Bullock, “grand dame of the arts,” will sell tie-dyes and jewelry; and vocalist Susan Osborne will offer silk scarves and bags made from antique Japanese kimonos and obis, as well as her CDs.

“This is really gorgeous fabric that we don’t get to see very often,” said Osborne.

Also coming are “the Bossy girls with their felted goods that are huge hits at Christmastime; Jane Alden, who crafts horseshoes into “gloriously beautiful,” personalized works of art,  and lovely cards; Jyoti Pavitt with her creative and unique upcycled clothing for kids and adults; and Mary Jane Elgin and Bruce Wilson with hand-carved pottery and Orcas Island pendants.

Every year the fair’s net proceeds are donated to a good cause. This year, they will help pay for the care of long-time Orcas artist Bill Glass. A partner at the Orcas Island Artworks for many years, Bill has created stained glass windows for many island homes, and for the Catholic Church. Bill was diagnosed six years ago with Alzheimers, and is no longer able to work.

“He’s really challenged with the disease,” said his wife Gail, a school speech pathologist. “It’s a very big learning experience, just one day at a time.” Gail learned how to craft dichroic glass jewelry from Bill, and now carries on the business, creating luminescent earrings, necklaces and art pieces she will offer for sale at the fair.

Fair hours are Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Santa visits from 1-2 p.m.); and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fair purchases earn free raffle tickets for gift basket drawings.

American Legion Bazaar

Roughly 18 craftspeople will offer the work of their hands at the American Legion Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A hot soup bistro will offer a $5 bowl of soup and a roll. Toni Hermansen will be making seafood chowder and Patty Resch will make ham and split pea soup. The auxiliary ladies will also sell freshly baked goodies for sale, like cookies, fudge and pies.

Themed gift baskets up for raffle include kitchen gadgets and other culinary delights; Christmas items; bed, bath and beauty products; and a “man basket” containing a gift certificate from Eclipse Charters, “handy tools, socks, a fishing reel, and other useful man things,” organizer Toni Hermansen says. Also for raffle will be a plant stand hand-crafted by Steve Kastelitz. The raffle will be at 3 p.m.