Seasonal Shopping Fairs Galore

James LeBrun is a wood craft artisan whose works can be seen at Astoria Winter Market.

Astoria Winter Market Opens November 5 At Fort George Brewery
Astoria Sunday Market is once again bringing the best of its market indoors for its annual Astoria Winter Market.  This year Astoria Winter Market is taking place at Fort George Brewery in their Lovell Showroom located on 14th and Duane.  Astoria Winter Market is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm starting November 5 and ending December 18, 2011.  “Each week will have something new for shoppers to discover in addition to seasonal regulars,” explained ASM Director Cyndi Mudge. Fort George is also offering tours of its brewery adjacent to the Winter Market at 1 and 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.  For more information visit or call 503-325-1010.

“We are especially excited about having Winter Market at Fort George during the bicentennial year,” added Mudge.  “Vendors will be recreating a bit of history.”  Once an auto dealership, the Lovell showroom was temporarily used as a marketplace for merchants displaced following the fire that consumed much of downtown in the early 1920s.  “Another wonderful feature of using Fort George is that it brings people to a newly forming shopping neighborhood of Astoria.”  Mudge is enthusiastic about the downtown shopping experience.  “We encourage visitors of the Winter Market to spend time not only at Fort George and the neighboring Blue Scorcher Bakery, but to take time and explore the other excellent shopping opportunities along Duane and Exchange, and throughout our historic downtown.”

Astoria Winter Market is a boutique market featuring products that are made or grown by the vendors.  It is an intimate Market of about twenty vendors each day.  Some artists and crafts people are here only occasionally, so it’s best to make the Market a regular part of your weekly shopping experience. By subscribing to the Astoria Sunday Market Facebook page or its What’s Fresh! electronic newsletter, shoppers will stay informed about the vendors participating each week.

Illuminated Manuscript, the Book of Kells - Matthew 1/18, by Jennifer Goodenberger

Astoria Visual Arts Holiday Art Fair, December 3
One day only! Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 11am to 4 pm, at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center, 11th and Harrison, Astoria, OR. Unique gift items – one-of-a-kind works by some of Astoria’s most esteemed artists. Refreshments, live music, free admission.

Participating artists include: Reed Clark, Judith Fredrikson, Jennifer Goodenberger, Jeannean Hibbetts, Lynne Johnson, Joan Masat, Anne Phillips, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Kimberly Reed, Charles Schweigert, Cheryl Silverblatt, Noel Thomas, Bill Vlek, and Ellen Zimet.

Contact info: Drew Herzig  email:  phone: 503-325-1895

Gifts That Make a Difference Are Always the Right Size, December 10
Spend less by giving more, and watch your gift multiply.  How does this work?  Simple:  Mark Saturday, December 10th on your calendar for Gifts That Make a Difference at the Liberty Theater between 11am and 5pm. Meet the people to whom giving is a way of life.  Participate in one of the world’s most fulfilling traditions when you give in the name of a friend or loved one.

Enjoy great entertainment from Acustica, the Maddox Dancers and others. Sample delicious locally made treats from Astoria Coffee House and Three Cups. Enjoy Thundermuck coffee, or teas or cider. Talk with the warmest, most caring people in our region.  …And, find your most meaningful gifts of the season.

There’s a perfect gift for everyone. Gift your time helping at a food bank, or the Liberty, KMUN, the College, CASA or dozens of others. Donate food or clothing you can spare. Or make monetary donations in any amount — and do it all in the name of someone you care about, to honor them. What could be more in keeping with the Spirit of the Season?

Let this be the year you rediscover why we celebrate this season. Think “Deeds, not Dollars”. Come to Gifts That Make a Difference. Helping others never comes in the wrong size.

Redmen Hall
Redman Hall – the Jewel of Skamokawa

Redman Hall in Skamokawa, Open House in Nov/Dec
You are invited  to the annual Holiday Open House at Historic Redmen Hall, the Jewel of Skamokawa.  This year’s theme is ‘Come Home For The Holiday’ and will feature seasonal music by local artists, book signings and delicious homemade goodies as well as lovely handmade gifts.  There will be something for everyone on your list, from artwork to glasswork, jams to goat milk lotions. Even hand knitted socks to warm your feet and fragrant wreaths for your door.

Redmen Hall is open November 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and November 27, December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 noon to 4 p.m.  1394 SR 4, Skamokawa, WA.

New artisans are always welcome!  For information, contact Diane Stockhouse at 849-4145.

Astor St. Opry 16th Annual Starving Artist Faire, December 2 – 4
Celebrate the season with one of the regions favorite art fairs. Handcrafted art by over 50 fine Craftsmen, local musicians including the “Scrooge Choir,’” Santa Claus in the house all weekend. A $2 donation at the door goes to ASOC, bring a donation of canned food for the Clatsop County Food Bank. Friday Dec. 2, 6-9pm; Saturday Dec. 3, 10-6pm; Sunday Dec. 4, 11-4pm. At the Astoria Recreation Center Auditorium, 1411 Grand Ave (formerly Star of the Sea School). FMI: 503.458.6250

Seaside Holiday Gift Fair, November 25 – 27
Features handcrafted items by local and area artisans. From toys to fine art or jewelry to pet clothes – there’s something for everyone. Santa will be there, too! 1 – 7pm on the 25th, 10am – 6pm on the 26th, 11am – 3pm on the 27th. At the Seaside Convention Center.

Gingerbread Tea + Holiday Event, November 19
Raffle, old-fashioned Christmas decorations, gingerbread house contest & auction.  1 – 4pm at the Seaside Museum & Historical Society.

Long Beach Grange Holiday Bazaar, November 25 – 26
Two floors of fantastic handcrafted, homemade and brand name items for your shopping convenience! A perfect place to find that gift you’ve been looking for! Lunch concessions will be available. 10am – 4pm at the Grange Hall in Long Beach, WA.

Rockaway Beach Holiday Gift Fair, November 25- 26
At Rockaway Beach City Hall. 503-355-2291

Holiday Open House & Christmas Sale, November 25 – 26
Free admission, 10am – 4pm at the Garibaldi Museum.

Santa welcomes the season seated atop the White Clover Grange cow.

Nehalem Bay Area Gift Fairs
by Victoria Stoppiello

One of the best things about the three holiday bazaars in the Nehalem/Manzanita area scheduled for December 3 are the diverse lunches available. The Nehalem Methodist Church is hosting its 41st annual Chowder and Pie Lunch. The White Clover Grange will offer locally raised sausage and sauerkraut plus baked goods. The Alternative Gift Market’s several soup and bread options will benefit the North County Food Bank.

Discovering that their bazaars were scheduled for the same day, organizers decided that collaborating to promote the events together would save work for each organization, attract more visitors and shoppers, and could enhance further community building.

The three bazaars, their locations, hours, and offerings:

White Clover Grange, 36585 Hwy 53, about 2 miles east of Hwy 101, landmarked by  a humorous cow sculpture, 9:00-5:00, will emphasize locally produced food items including Lance’s Farm Vittles Christmas hams and other meats, Tallwoman Tonics herbals, Linda DeGayner’s baked goods, and many varieties of jam, handcrafts, garlic braids, bird houses, plants, and crocheted items produced by Grange members as well as the Rockaway Lioness organization. Lower Nehalem Community Trust will have a table selling cards, calendars and T-shirts, and the 4-H club will provide framed photos and fabric art plus a display of ducks outside the building.

To top off the Grange bazaar, two quilts and a basket of homemade goods will be raffled. A small high quality rummage table will be included in the event, and all proceeds will be used to maintain and improve the historic Grange building, keeping it available for community use.

Photo Caption: Santa welcomes the season seated atop the White Clover Grange cow.

Alternative Gift Fair
Pine Grove Alternative Gift Market. (Photo courtesy NC Citizen).

The Alternative Gift Market, Pine Grove Community Center, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, 10:00 to 4:00, provides a different direction in meaningful holiday giving. Shoppers make a contribution to any of 40 local nonprofits or worldwide projects. They then receive a beautiful gift card (one for each donation) to give friends and loved ones to let them know a gift was made in their name to a cause that will benefit others. Local groups represented include Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, CASA, Food Roots, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, CartM, Fire Mountain School, Rinehart Clinic, and the Anyway Foundation, founded by a local resident to create a school and orphanage in Cambodia.

Last year, two-thirds of the $7375 raised was for local nonprofits and one-third for international projects. The Market is sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources, whose mission is to create sustainability in north Tillamook County.

New to the gift market will be drawing the winning raffle ticket for ingredients for a complete holiday dinner, including a free range turkey, organic sweet potatoes, organic russet potatoes, fresh herbs and greens, fresh organic cranberries, homemade stuffing mix with local Italian sausage, fresh homemade rolls, 2 homemade pies and 2 bottles of wine.  Five runners-up will receive holiday pies. Benefiting Fire Mountain School, the 600 tickets will be available at the Alternative Gift Fair, or by contacting the school at 503-436-2610 or

Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church, 41ST Annual Christmas Bazaar & Clam Chowder Luncheon, 10th & A Streets, Nehalem, 10:00 to 4:00. This long-running bazaar has several traditional compoonents including a “boutique” of hand-made gifts and crafts, Granny’s Attic rummage sale area, potted plants ready for giving, a bakery and candy table, and particularly special, a Kid’s Shopping area, where children can purchase gifts for others at very affordable prices.

All proceeds from the Methodist bazaar go to the church’s charitable work, much of which is right in Tillamook County: Healthy Families, Good News Club, and Marie Mills as well as others in this country and overseas.